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Karma Pakshi Tormas

After watching the video of Lama Tashi making a set of Karma Pakshi tormas I decided to try my hand at it.

Spirit Influence Is the Result of Karma from the Person’s Previous Lives – Mandala Publications

From an interview with Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, author of Health through Balance. Dr. Dhonden, how does a spirit make a person sick? How that happens, generally speaking, is you have various types of spirits, could also be nagas – the same kind of thing – and the… Continue Reading “Spirit Influence Is the Result of Karma from the Person’s Previous Lives – Mandala Publications”

Making the Karma Pakshi Tormas with Lama Tashi Dondup (a how-to video)

Learn how to make a set of permanent tormas using polymer clay. This video was produced in 2003 and available on VHS at Snow Lion publications. It was recently uploaded to Youtube.

The Great Mahakala Cham (documentary short)

On one level this ritual dance, unique to Tibetan Buddhism and performed only by monastics, might seem a colourful spectacle set to a strange cacophony of instruments, drums, and the human voice. In fact, within the Tibetan Buddhist world, Cham is far from entertainment. Rather… Continue Reading “The Great Mahakala Cham (documentary short)”

Kagyu Monlam – Tormas and Altar at the 34th Kagyu Monlam

A special feature of the annual Kagyu Monlam are the elaborate butter sculptures designed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. These beautiful tormas were featured in the documentary, Torma: the Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture, completed in 2014 under the guidance of… Continue Reading “Kagyu Monlam – Tormas and Altar at the 34th Kagyu Monlam”

34th Kagyu Monlam Torma-making

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

Sculptures Celebrate the Lineage of the Karmapa

Each year at the Kagyu Monlam, and continuing afterward in the shrine hall at Tergar Monastery, tall sculpted images known as tormas grace the altars with their lofty elegance. Both new and experienced artists worked for over a month to create these exquisite images.… Continue Reading “Sculptures Celebrate the Lineage of the Karmapa”

Torma Film Screening at the Rubin Museum of Art

TORMA: THE ANCIENT ART OF TIBETAN BUTTER SCULPTURE WILL BE SCREENED AT “LUNCH MATTERS,” on APRIL 22 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. Torma examines butter sculpture, the colorful and complex art form that is unique to Tibetan Buddhist culture. Sculpted in butter by devoted… Continue Reading “Torma Film Screening at the Rubin Museum of Art”

Kagyu Monlam Chenmo 2014 News: The Benefits of the Tsechu Lama Dance

via Kagyu Monlam Chenmo 2014 News: The Benefits of the Tsechu Lama Dance. The Nature of the Lama Dance: This sacred lama dance with its long history and profound meaning is not like any ordinary dance one might perform. The essence or nature of the… Continue Reading “Kagyu Monlam Chenmo 2014 News: The Benefits of the Tsechu Lama Dance”

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