The fim Torma is based and named after a unique form of Tibetan art using flour and 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. The colourful, intricate designs, born from mystical revelations, represent symbolic forms of enlightenment. 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 Ven. 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and Ven. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.
Gyalwang Karmapa In 1985, the 17th incarnation of the His Holiness, the Gyalwang Karmapa, was born into a nomad family of Lhatok, located in the northern region of Eastern Tibet. In 1992, he was officially recognized and enthroned as the 17th Karmapa, the supreme head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He left his home and journeyed to Tsurphu monastery in central Tibet, the main seat of the Karmapa for centuries, where he lived for several years and carried on the work of his predecessors. He came to India in the year 2000 and is living here since. Yeshe Wangmo, the Executive Producer, was the acting director.
Yeshe Wangmo has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1987. In 2004 she helped to produce an English version of The Mirror of Beryl, the definitive torma manual for the Karma Kagyu lineage. In 2014 she wrote and produced the documentary film Torma: the Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture.