Torma: The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture
The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinly Dorje
2014, 61m, documentary
Tormas are a unique form of Tibetan art using butter to create rich and radiant forms, beautiful in themselves and spiritually significant. Sculpted by initiated practitioners with absolute devotion, tormas are a link between the human and spiritual realms. Illuminating Vajrayana Buddhism through the lens of tormas, this film documents weeks of preparation for the Kagyu Prayer Festival in Bodhgaya, as well as a Mahakala ritual in Nepal involving tormas and sacred dance. "Torma" features interviews with the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche, and more.
Produced by: Robert Bryant, Jacek Rosa, Yeshe Wangmo, Michele Martin, Jason Petersen