TORMA The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture is a blog done by film producer Yeshe Wangmo. It chronicles a film project that is underway to document this Tibetan art form that a lot of people are not too aware of.

This film project started several years ago and contains detailed research and explanation about the creation and use of the Torma.

The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is the Executive Producer and Director and is actively engaged in bringing the project about. He is a talented designer of Torma particularly for the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo that takes place every year at Bodhgaya India .

From the blog’s about page:

Welcome to the Torma Film blog where I’ll share photos, video clips, and information collected while researching the subject of tormas. In 2005, I had the privilege of watching monks and nuns make exquisitely beautiful tormas for the International Kagyu Monlam (Prayer Festival for World Peace) held annually in Bodhgaya, India. These tormas had been designed by His Holiness, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, and he oversaw every aspect of their creation.

Since the medium of film is particularly well-suited to conveying both the intricate beauty and multilayered symbolism of these unusual works of art, a torma film project gradually evolved and is currently in progress under His Holiness’s visionary guidance and direction. For more information on the film Torma: The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture, please visit the website:

From the film website-latest news:


The producers of Torma met with His Holiness in Bodhgaya in January, 2010 to discuss the creative direction of the film. His Holiness said that he will take over the editing and artistic aspects of the film from here on out, shaping the material according to his vision as the film’s director. The torma crew then met in Nepal in February to film an important interview with Venerable Tenga Rinpoche, according to His Holiness’s suggestion. Mahakala torma preparations and the Lama Dances with tormas were carefully documented and the new footage was sent to His Holiness in early March.

Gifts for the Gods – the ancient art of Tibetan Butter sculpture is an article by some of the participants in the making of the film. from the Kagyu Monlam -There are some photos of the Torma making in progress.

The film is due out in 2011.


Tormas-a little more information about their significance as well as links to more.

Photo Gallery-Torma Making from the Official Website of Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism