Category: Tibet

Musical Notation, Divine Invocation — Google Arts & Culture

Musical Notation, Divine InvocationTibetan musical scores consist of notations that symbolically represent the melodies, rhythm patterns, and instrumental arrangements. In harmony with chanting, visualizations, and hand gestures, music crucially guides ritual performances. Source: Musical Notation, Divine Invocation — Google Arts & Culture

Vegetarian, Feminist Tibetan Monk Taking the US Ivy Leagues By Storm | Adele Wilde-Blavatsky

Twenty-nine year old Tibetan man, Orgyen Trinley Dorje – the 17th Karmapa – is currently on a two-month lecture tour of prestigious US universities, including Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Tickets for all events were immediately sold out. Who is this monk who, after visiting…

Huffington Post: The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism’s Next Great Leader?–Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

At first look, His Holiness The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa is intimidating. Well built, self possessed, and with a keen glance, he walks more like a middle weight boxer than one of the most venerated religious figures in Tibetan Buddhism. via Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: The…

Wax Butter Color Palette

This clip shows the color palette used by one of the torma artists working in Bodhgaya on the Kagyu Monlam tormas.

The Lives of the Karmapas: Teachings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

THE LIVES OF THE KARMAPAS “In honor of the Karmapa 900 celebration, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will be recounting the biographies of the Karmapas throughout the year. Beginning with Dusum Khyenpa, Rinpoche transmits his deep devotion for each of the Karmapa reincarnations as he describes…

Amchok Metok Gyens and the Nuns who Made Them

Amchok Metok is the name of a particularly beautiful decoration that looks like a flower and is used on the large butter sculptures that grace the shrine during the International Kagyu Monlam. Metok means flower and Amchok perhaps refers to the region of Tibet where this type of flower…

Tormas at Gyuto Monastery: the Gelukpa Tradition

Today at Gyuto Monastery the Gelukpa monks were preparing tormas for a special three day puja called Jang Kar that starts tomorrow. Their tormas are quite different from the Kagyu tradition’s tormas.  See gallery below:

The Tormas and Other Offerings at the 28th Kagyu Monlam

A special report by Michele Martin Check out a detailed and very interesting report on this year’s Kagyu Monlam Butter Sculptures by Michele Martin, complete with slide show, photos and diagrams. Enjoy! http://www.kagyumonlam.org/english/news/Report/Report_20101223_Tormas.html

The 28th Kagyu Monlam Butter Sculptures

From “An Interview with the Gyalwang Karmapa, November 29th, 2010” posted on the Kagyu Monlam website (www.kagyumonlam.org): Q. What are the designs and themes of the butter sculptures this year? This year they are in connection with the Karmapa 900 commemoration, thus in the…

Profile of Cynthia Chao: Torma Film Cinematographer and Sponsor

Cinematographer Cynthia Chao, besides shooting the footage for the Torma film, is also one of the film’s main sponsors. She has been active in Tibetan Buddhism for many years, having taking refuge with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche of the Karma Kagyu lineage in 1981. For the…

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