TIBETAN CALLIGRAPHY
Craft

TIBETAN CALLIGRAPHY

Tibetan script originated in the 7th Century during the reign of the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, when the King sent his Minister, Thunmi Sambo...

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SASHES AND BELTS
Clothing

SASHES AND BELTS

The Chuba, Tibet’s all weather, unisex robe has no buttons or fasteners and is styled through draping. A single sash does the trick, and man or...

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CLEANSING
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CLEANSING

In this age of pandemic which commands new standards in cleanliness and social distancing, it is interesting to look at the Tibetan world view ...

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On the Tibetan Moon & Dreaming
Religion and Culture

On the Tibetan Moon & Dreaming

When we look up at the moon, we can think of loved ones near or far seeing the same moon, its soft glow, a unifying factor. These days, it is n...

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Wind Horse
Religion and Culture

Wind Horse

Steeped in ancient, pre Buddhist times, the wind horse is the bearer of good fortune. Depicted running and bearing the flaming jewel that fulfi...

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A Visit to Labrang
Religion and Culture

A Visit to Labrang

80 km from the Norlha workshop is the town of Labrang, or Serchu, dominated by Labrang Tashikyil Monastery, a sprawling complex the size of a s...

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The Ngaring
Religion and Culture

The Ngaring

Each year on a summer day, all the people in the village, dressed in the best, make their way to the monastery and stand outside the main hall ...

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Sagadawa
Religion and Culture

Sagadawa

Sagadawa celebrates the birth of the Buddha, which is marked on the full moon of the fifth lunar month. For Mahayana Buddhists around the world...

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Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival
Religion and Culture

Monlam, the Great Prayer Festival

The origin of Great Prayer Festival was to mark the display of the Buddha’s miraculous powers and the defeat of his doctrinal opponents in the ...

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New Year, New Light
Religion and Culture

New Year, New Light

On the Tibetan Plateau, Losar, or New Year is the most celebrated event of the year, a time for family reunions, weddings and new beginnings. D...

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Winter Wedding
Religion and Culture

Winter Wedding

Winter is the wedding season. It is the time of year when the animals stay near the nomad’s winter settlements, feeding on oats or the little g...

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