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Making Wax Butter in Bodhgaya, Part 2

After the mixture in the pans has completely cooled and hardened, monks and nuns scrape off fine shavings and knead thoroughly. (see video clip below)

“Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen” at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery

“Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen,” on view March 13 through July 18 at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, offers a fresh approach to Tibetan painting by bringing to the foreground the remarkable life story of the great artist-scholar Situ Panchen Chokyi… Continue Reading ““Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen” at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery”

What is a torma?

Tor literally means to “scatter” or “throw” a small number of things or pieces.  The suffix ma means “mother” and implies compassion. A torma is an offering traditionally tossed outside after use in a ritual, both to symbolize impermanence and to develop the practice of… Continue Reading “What is a torma?”

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