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Phil Karl completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year meditation retreat, which confers the title of Lama in the Karma Kagyu tradition, at Sopa Choling Retreat Center, Gampo Abbey in 2003. He has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa since 1977. Phil has taught many university and public courses in Buddhism, guided meditation intensives for twenty-five years, and is an ordained Buddhist Minister. He has instructed at the Shambhala International Seminary, and until recently was Core Faculty Member and Education Director of the Ngedon School’s online dharma study program. Phil’s graduate study was completed at the Naropa University in Buddhist and Western Psychology in 1979, and he is presently an Adjunct Faculty member at the University. He has worked for many years as a consulting corporate trainer and coach and has recently formed a small consultancy, Insight Learning LLC.

Oct 30

On Torma Offering

Filed underArts and Poetry

by Phil Karl

While practicing in the three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey several years ago I learned to make tormas. I’d been making tormas for a number of years, but finally got comprehensive training, and plenty of practice in that rather long retreat.

It may be of interest to know that the Tibetan word torma has two parts. The first syllable, tor, is a verb that means to throw out: tormas made of barley flour, butter and other ingredients are literally placed outside as a gesture of making offering—a gesture of generosity. In an inner sense, the notion of throwing out can be understood as severing attachment to desirable things. That is, cutting through entrapment in desire. It may also be thought of as throwing out kleshas—severance of conditioned emotional reactions that cause suffering. Sincerely offering like this can purify the emotions. Continue…

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