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heart wrote:byamspa wrote:In my house the key word for the shrine would be 'cat-proof'.
he he, yes, my cat love all those water bowls that I put there for his pleasure. He is a maine coon and likes to play with water.
Yudron wrote:I don't know, but it seems a lot of centers in the U.S. and Europe don't seem to focus on Vajrayana students making tormas.
CrawfordHollow wrote:Really nice photos, Yudron! I have finally completed renovating my house that I purchased two years ago, and I think it is time to work on the shrine room. Regarding tormas: I practice the Yangzab terma cycle of the Drikung Kagyu, and this summer I took a torma workshop with one of the main lamas from the Garchen Institute. Although any chopon worth their weight in tsampa would laugh at my torma-making skills, I feel that I have a much deeper connection to my practice and even my teachers since I started incorporating tormas into my practice. As Yudron has said elsewhere, the process of making tormas sort of primes your mind into practice mode. I would highly encourage anyone who is serious about Vajrayana to learn how to make tormas.
these tormas are exquisite! I've made Tersar tormas from dough (not masterpieces to say the least!) - my lama likes to make all the tormas fresh, but a permanent torma is so practical
I hope to get a Lha gya torchik from Rinchen Barwa - do you know if it is possible to order Drollo or Vajrakilaya? The only other tersar tormas I've seen for sale are wooden and a bit flimsy.
You are very fortunate to live so close to such wonderful dharma centre
Thanks for the very good, detailed description of making the plastic tormas. I was a jeweler in my 20s and early 30s and I still have all my tools. So I probably will give this a go. Before reading this, I probably would've stopped at Sculpey and called it good.
Thanks also for the discussion of seven as opposed to eight offering bowls. I'm gonna start asking Lamas about this and see what answers I get. Should be interesting. Your supposition about Khampa style as opposed to Mindoling is a good one.
Keep up the great work!
Thug-dam gom phel.
Yeti wrote:FYI - http://www.tibetantreasures.com/product.cgi?group=4954&product=4955
Yeti wrote:FYI http://www.tseringschool.org/node/32. There used to be a list of specific tormas one could order, but it was on the old Shechen site I think.
I think many students make tormas or have them made for them when they do their inner practices, but they keep it to themselves, so it may appear other sanghas aren't doing it, but it is done, and you will find them on their personal shrines. They also require sacred substances to be placed within them.
Karma Dorje wrote:Incidentally, Phil Karl makes some really lovely tormas:
He is a former three year retreatant I believe from Salt Spring. As he is working full time now, it takes a while but you can see from the gallery he does really nice work (particularly the Mindroling Vajrakilaya).