The Torma documentary, produced under the guidance of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, illuminates Vajrayana Buddhism through the lens of tormas. Shot in India and Nepal, the film reveals the profound meaning of tormas, while documenting artistic preparation for the Kagyu Monlam butter sculptures, as well as a seven-day Mahakala ritual in Nepal involving tormas […]Read more "About the Torma Documentary"
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by Yeshe Wangmo This is the second part of my research on the Gyalwang Karmapa’s environmental activism in India, in which I feature Lillian Sum who has been working with the Karmapa in Bodhgaya on various environmental projects since 2008. She is on the Kagyu Monlam working committee and has also set up an independent […]Read more "The Gyalwang Karmapa Inspires Environmental Preservation in Bodhgaya"
“The 17th Karmapa is not an emanation of Guru Rinpoche. He is Guru Rinpoche.“ — Tai Situ Rinpoche, in a private interview The Vajra Lama Dance staged on the 10th January, 2014 at the Monlam Pavilion in Bodhgaya was in many ways a parallel historical event to the dramatic opening scenario which established Buddhism in […]Read more "A Rain of Blessing from the Copper Coloured Mountain: “The 17th Karmapa is not an emanation of Guru Rinpoche. He is Guru Rinpoche. “"
The torma artists are the unsung heroes of the Kagyu Monlam. Every year they labor long hours in relative obscurity, tucked away in a private space far removed from Tergar Monastery and the bustle of other pre-Monlam preparations and activities. This year there were 64 monks and nuns working from dawn to dusk on the […]Read more "The Unsung Heroes of the Kagyu Monlam"