Category: tormas

34th Kagyu Monlam Torma-making

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

2016 North American Kagyu Monlam Tormas

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….

Tsechu film (Lama Dance at Ralang)

On 10th May, 2014 H.E. Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche presided over the GARCHEN TSECHU CHENMO, (Sacred Ritual Lama Dance with full Costumes and Masks), with Tulkus, Lamas, Monks and Nuns from Densa Palchen Chosling Monastery performing. [Check out the torma at 3:47] At Densa Palchen Chosling Monastery, Ralang,…

Sang — A Cleansing Smoke Offering

This video of the Sang puja at KTD in Jan. 2014 was created by Jason Peterson.  

Karmapa on the significance of the tormas created for the 26th Kagyu Monlam

Here is a video montage featuring excerpts of a talk by His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, in which he explained the significance of the tormas created for the 26th Kagyu Monlam (filmed in Bodhgaya, India in 2009). The text below is followed by…

The Kalachakra Sand Mandala progresses

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 Amitabha Jangchok Tormas and Ritual (video)

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…

Permanent torma made from clay

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 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…

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