January 30, 2020 Monlam Pavillion, Bodhgaya January 4 – 30, 2020 Each year, Kagyupa International Monlam Trust supports the work of the torma makers who gather to create the butter sculptures for the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo and any rituals which will take place. The… Continue Reading “Junior Torma Makers Extend Their Skills –Kagyumonlam.org”
Religions take the cast and hue of the cultures in which they find root. This was certainly true in Tibet when Buddhism arrived in the 7th century. It transformed by the native religion of Bon. Of the many creative practices that arose from this… Continue Reading “Tibetan Musical Notation Is Beautiful | Open Culture”
Torma (Tibetan: tor ma. Sanskrit: ba lim ta): torma are cone shaped ritual food offerings sculpted in a variety of shapes and sizes, coloured and then adorned with flat circular ‘buttons’ made from butter.Red coloured torma, triangular in shape, are offered to fearsome protector… Continue Reading “Miscellaneous – Offerings (Himalayan Art)”
Beneath the brilliant image of the Buddha stretches a 50-foot, three-tiered altar of tormas (sculpted offerings), pyramids of incense, and heaps of fruit and sweets. This year, the eight tall tormas on the top row depict the main figures of the Eight Great Founders… Continue Reading “The Karmapa Attends the Kagyu Monlam in North America for the First Time”
“Tor in Tibetan is that which, when the hurricane or tornado comes, the whole city, whole town, after one hour, is totally destroyed, everywhere pieces, all the houses gone, so all the pieces are tor. Or when in a field you plant crops you… Continue Reading “Lama Zopa Rinpoche Explains Tormas – FPMT”
High in the Himalayas, in Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, and India, and across the steppes of Mongolia, Buddhist monks in medieval monasteries hold sacred festivals once a year, during which they perform 1,300-year-old mystical dances, collectively called cham, in order to transform evil for the benefit… Continue Reading “Cham – Core Of Culture”
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul. We dance as kids. We dance as teenagers. We dance in clubs” – Sergei Polunin
Lama Sangye, three-year-retreat graduate from Karme Ling Retreat Center in New York, has started a new center in Bratislava. We are here making the tormas for his shrine and had a torma making class.