In February 2017 the Kagyu Monlam torma artists were creating their artworks. Enjoy the slideshow:
This unfinished 6-arm Mahakala (Chagdrupa) torma* is made out of clay in the Shangpa Kagyu style. This was probably made from a natural, air-dry clay. *Note this torma was made by the previous Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche.
This informal short film (in 4 parts), chronicles the NAKM torma preparation in July 2010. Edited by Peter Elias and Yeshe Wangmo.
While preparations for the first North American Kagyu Monlam were underway, some of the highly-trained torma artist monks and nuns, who had been documented and interviewed by the Torma Film crew in 2008 and 2009, were invited to Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (Woodstock, New York)… Continue Reading “North American Kagyu Monlam Torma Report”
The large, triangular, red torma (l) and the black “activity aspect of the protector” torma (r) were placed beside each other in the shrine room for the duration of the Mahakala pujas. Once the dances started, they were brought outside separately on consecutive days.… Continue Reading “Tormas and Lama Dances at Benchen Monastery in February, 2010”
Tor literally means to “scatter” or “throw” a small number of things or pieces. The suffix ma means “mother” and implies compassion. A torma is an offering traditionally tossed outside after use in a ritual, both to symbolize impermanence and to develop the practice of… Continue Reading “What is a torma?”