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Phil Karl will conduct a hands-on torma making workshop on Saturday, January 16 at 1:00 Eastern. Phil completed the three-year retreat at Sopa Choling, Gampo Abbey in 2003, trained in torma-making in the retreat, and has been making tormas for over 25 years. You can see some of his work here.

The workshop will include:

  • The view of torma offering
  • Different categories or types of tormas
  • How to make a torma
  • Materials: tsampa, butter, Sculpey, Hydrostone, clay, paints, adhesives
  • Techniques and tools

In advance of the workshop, participants will receive readings on tormas, and a list of materials and tools for making a naivedya offering torma so you can apply what you’re learning on the spot.

Depending on how many participants register, there will be some time for questions and interaction.

See the materials list here.

About the Instructors

Bio, Phil Karl Phil Karl completed undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Education in 1976 and earned his Master of Arts degree in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa University in 1979. He formally became a student of Buddhism and of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1977. Phil served as the Educational Director and as a core faculty member of the Ngedon School of Higher Learning (Buddhist studies) from 1987 till 2008. He has developed and taught courses in meditation and Buddhism in the US and Canada, at Naropa University, at four Shambhala International Seminaries, and served in the Office of Three Yanas Studies of Vajradhatu International; the organization founded by Trungpa Rinpoche. In 2003 he completed the traditional Tibetan three-year meditation retreat at Sopa Choling retreat center, Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. Following the retreat Phil established Tormas.biz to provide torma-making services to the greater Vajrayana practicing community