Mani Rimdu

Mani Rimdu tells a story in dance. Ostensibly the dancers reenact the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet. Yet hidden within this drama of cultural history, say many Sherpas, is the story of an individual’s awakening. The dance festival is public performance.

Culminating in a public festival lasting for three days. It is an opportunity for Sherpa and Tibetans Buddhist to gather and celebrate together with the monastic community. Mani Rimdu takes place from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, falling between mid-October and mid-November. It lasts until the nineteenth day of the month. From the beginning until the end of the festival, 24-hour pujas (rituals) are performed by the monks to consecrate the Mandala, the Mani Rilwu Pills (sacred pills), the Tshereel (pills for long life) and the Torma.

A monk walks past the hallway of the Chiwong Monastery early morning brushing his teeth for Mani Rimdu Festival. ulminating in a public festival lasting for three days. It is an opportunity for Sherpa and Tibetans Buddhist to gather and celebrate together with the monastic community. Mani Rimdu takes place from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, falling between mid-October and mid-November. It lasts until the nineteenth day of the month.

A monk walks past the hallway of the Chiwong Monastery early morning brushing his teeth for Mani Rimdu Festival. ulminating in a public festival lasting for three days. It is an opportunity for Sherpa and Tibetans Buddhist to gather and celebrate together with the monastic community. Mani Rimdu takes place from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, falling between mid-October and mid-November. It lasts until the nineteenth day of the month.

The four dancers, the Ghing, are servants of Guru rinpoche connected with his emanation as Dorje Trollo. They ahe come from his Pure Land of Sangdok Pelri where they live within his mandala, They herald and imminent arrival of Guru rinpoche at the Mani Rimdu. Two of the Ghing are male, and carry cymbals, which the two females represent wisdom. Chiwong Monastery, Solu Khumbu, Nepal.

The four dancers, the Ghing, are servants of Guru rinpoche connected with his emanation as Dorje Trollo. They ahe come from his Pure Land of Sangdok Pelri where they live within his mandala, They herald and imminent arrival of Guru rinpoche at the Mani Rimdu. Two of the Ghing are male, and carry cymbals, which the two females represent wisdom. Chiwong Monastery, Solu Khumbu, Nepal.

Monks playing cymbals inside the courtyard of Chiwong Monastery.

Monks playing cymbals inside the courtyard of Chiwong Monastery.

Greetings from Tibet

Greetings from Tibet

Thur-dhag, the dance of Liberation, is the central act of the sacred dance. The two skeleton figures are the Lords of the Universal Cemetery, reminders of the transient nature of human existence. Two Ngag-pa enter and perform a mystical invocation, which lures all demons and negative energies, and traps them in a small dough figure. At the same time as the enactment in the courtyard, Sang Sang Rimpoche performs a wrathful fire pura, calling in the demons and with long strokes of nine-progned dorje with a black pennant. They are trapped and ceremonially burned on a small pure as an offers into the gods who are asked to liberate the world. With symbolic strokes of his phurba, Rimpoche, out of the compassion even for demons sends them at the realm of wisdom. Chiwong Monastery, Solu Khumbu, Nepal.

Thur-dhag, the dance of Liberation, is the central act of the sacred dance. The two skeleton figures are the Lords of the Universal Cemetery, reminders of the transient nature of human existence. Two Ngag-pa enter and perform a mystical invocation, which lures all demons and negative energies, and traps them in a small dough figure. At the same time as the enactment in the courtyard, Sang Sang Rimpoche performs a wrathful fire pura, calling in the demons and with long strokes of nine-progned dorje with a black pennant. They are trapped and ceremonially burned on a small pure as an offers into the gods who are asked to liberate the world. With symbolic strokes of his phurba, Rimpoche, out of the compassion even for demons sends them at the realm of wisdom. Chiwong Monastery, Solu Khumbu, Nepal.

Monks in the Chiwang monastery courtyard carry double-reed instruments

Monks in the Chiwang monastery courtyard carry double-reed instruments

Dance of the Gods - Mani Rimdu
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