Category: tormas

Amitabha Jangchok Puja and the Importance of Choosing a Proper Burial Site

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”

Semi-Permanent Tormas

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”

Permanent torma made from metal

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More Permanent Tormas

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”

Permanent tormas in the Columbarium

The term permanent torma refers to tormas left on the shrine for an extended period. Usually these are made out of precious metals, wood, clay or synthetic materials. As an example I’ve posted a few photos of the tormas in the Columbarium at Karme Ling Retreat Center. These… Continue Reading “Permanent tormas in the Columbarium”

Amitabha Jangchok Tormas

Each spring at the site of the Columbarium at Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, New York, a special three-day Amitabha puja is held to benefit the living and deceased. On the last day, a Jangchok puja is performed by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and… Continue Reading “Amitabha Jangchok 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:

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… Continue Reading “The 28th Kagyu Monlam Butter Sculptures”

North American Kagyu Monlam Torma Preparation (Video)

This informal short film (in 4 parts), chronicles the NAKM torma preparation in July 2010. Edited by Peter Elias and Yeshe Wangmo.

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