Month: March 2017

Spirit Influence Is the Result of Karma from the Person’s Previous Lives – Mandala Publications

From an interview with Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, author of Health through Balance. Dr. Dhonden, how does a spirit make a person sick? How that happens, generally speaking, is you have various types of spirits, could also be nagas – the same kind of thing – and the…

Making the Karma Pakshi Tormas with Lama Tashi Dondup (a how-to video)

Learn how to make a set of permanent tormas using polymer clay. This video was produced in 2003 and available on VHS at Snow Lion publications. It was recently uploaded to Youtube.

The Great Mahakala Cham (documentary short)

On one level this ritual dance, unique to Tibetan Buddhism and performed only by monastics, might seem a colourful spectacle set to a strange cacophony of instruments, drums, and the human voice. In fact, within the Tibetan Buddhist world, Cham is far from entertainment. Rather…

Kagyu Monlam – Tormas and Altar at the 34th Kagyu Monlam

A special feature of the annual Kagyu Monlam are the elaborate butter sculptures designed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. These beautiful tormas were featured in the documentary, Torma: the Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture, completed in 2014 under the guidance of…

34th Kagyu Monlam Torma-making

In February 2017 the Kagyu Monlam torma artists were creating their artworks. Enjoy the slideshow:

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