Buddhist malas are strings of beads. They are used by Buddhist practitioners to count mantra recitations and prayers.


Learn the famous offering mudras used in Tibetan Buddhist ritual practices.

Ritual Dance: Tibetan Buddhist Cham

Cham is a performance of masked and costumed dance performed within the context of Vajrayana ritual ceremonies in the Himalayan region. The dance unfo…


Torma are sculptures made traditionally of edible dough. In Vajrayana Buddhism they can be used in a variety of contexts, most commonly serving as off…


Ullambana festival (yu lan pen) is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar. The 7th lunar month is considered an important m…

Eight Outer Offerings

The eight outer offerings are a simple yet profound way to cultivate merit, respect for oneself and others, and a proper environment for spiritual pra…


Empowerment is a translation of the Sanskrit abhiṣeka. The term contains several meanings. We can translate it as “pouring” or sprinkling, or cl…

Nga Chen

Nga chen are large, deeply resounding drums mounted on square frames and played usually with one or two short, straight sticks.

Chö Nga

The chö nga is a type of Tibetan drum that is held by the player. The double headed drum attaches to some sort of handle or frame.


The silnyen is a Tibetan cymbal. This flat-bodied ‘gentle’, or ‘peaceful’, cymbal is struck vertically.


The Tibetan word rölmo means “music” in general, but also refers specifically to hemispherical brass cymbals.