Buddhism, Lama Dance, Tibet, Tibetan music and dance

Musical Notation, Divine Invocation — Google Arts & Culture

Screen Shot 2019-05-19 at 4.26.35 AMMusical 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

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

Karmapa Khyenno!

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 the headquarters of Google and Facebook, spoke about the need for a kinder internet culture? Why are so many people seeking his advice and inspiration in the 21st Century?

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

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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 Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism’s Next Great Leader?.

17th Karmapa, Buddhism, Butter Sculpture, India, Kagyu Lineage, Kagyu Monlam, Tibet, tormas

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.

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The Lives of the Karmapas: Teachings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Karmapa 900 Logo designed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje


“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 the events of their lives and their remarkable achievements.”

via The Lives of the Karmapas: Teachings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

Listen to the teachings here:


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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 grew. In this clip, Tibetan Buddhist nun artists introduce themselves and demonstrate a few techniques as they prepare the flower gyens out of wax butter for the Kagyu Monlam shrine. Filmed by Ko Jung-Fa and Cynthia Chao in Bodhgaya, India in 2008-2009.


The Gakyil gyen is similar to the Amchok Metok gyen. Gakyil means “joy swirl.” Below is a slideshow with more photos of both Amchok Metok and Gakyil.


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Buddhism, Butter Sculpture, Gelukpa, India, Tibet, torma photo, tormas

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: