In February 2017 the Kagyu Monlam torma artists were creating their artworks. Enjoy the slideshow:
According to the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam website: “The chöpöns who have kindly come to Kagyu Thubten Chöling include Karma Wangchuk, a master artist from Rumtek Monastery, seat of the sixteenth Karmapa; and Karma Samten, who was trained at Dilyak Monastery in Nepal.… Continue Reading “2016 North American Kagyu Monlam Tormas”
This video of the Sang puja at KTD in Jan. 2014 was created by Jason Peterson.
The three gektors indicate peaceful means, the three changbus, wrathful means, and the three butterlamps are extremely wrathful means. All of the negativities of the deceased will be burned in the form of the scorpion made of black sesame seeds. Below is a video clip… Continue Reading “The Amitabha Jangchok Tormas and Ritual (video)”
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.
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… Continue Reading “Amchok Metok Gyens and the Nuns who Made Them”
In a couple of weeks, from May 15-17, the annual Amitabha Retreat will take place at Day Den Shing, the Columbarium at Karme Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York. On the third day, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will perform the Jangchok, a special ceremony… Continue Reading “Amitabha Jangchok Puja and the Importance of Choosing a Proper Burial Site”
Sometimes, it’s nice to keep perishable offering tormas on the shrine for a long period of time, such as the duration of a practice, in which case it’s good to use natural, edible ingredients that will last for weeks or months. Here is a… Continue Reading “Semi-Permanent Tormas”
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It is funny to use the term permanent when referring to tormas used in Tibetan Buddhism, with its emphasis on the impermanence of all phenomena. The long-lasting tormas pictured here were made with Sculpey synthetic clay. (click on the photos for highest-resolution) (Note: the Nyungne… Continue Reading “More Permanent Tormas”