Lord of the Dance: The Mani Rimdu Festival in Tibet and Nepal

Lord of the Dance: The Mani Rimdu Festival in Tibet and Nepal

by Richard J. Kohn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791448924

ISBN-13: 9780791448922

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Richard Kohn’s book transports the reader to the high Himalayas for an in-depth look at the inner workings of the three-week long Mani Rimdu festival. This event encapsulates the breadth and depth of the Himalayan Buddhist experience, from the profound practices of Great Perfection meditation to the worship of the gods of the neighboring mountains. The festival

Overview

Richard Kohn’s book transports the reader to the high Himalayas for an in-depth look at the inner workings of the three-week long Mani Rimdu festival. This event encapsulates the breadth and depth of the Himalayan Buddhist experience, from the profound practices of Great Perfection meditation to the worship of the gods of the neighboring mountains. The festival uses archaic material as well as prayers written by contemporary lamas, and it entails the preparation of numerous works of ritual art such as man|d|alas constructed of colored sand and sculptures of barley flour and colored butter called tormas. Two days of public performance, a day of spiritual empowerment, and a day of masked dance complete the festival.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791448922
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Illustrations
Foreword
Matthew T. Kapstein
Preface
Sources and Methodology
Abbreviation Key

Part I. Orientations
1. Introduction
2. The Gods
3. Deity Yoga
4. The Sworn Protectors
5. History: The Lord of the Dance Rituals
6. Tibetan Religious Dance
7. The Of

Part II. The Days
8. The Days
9. Day Zero: Exorcism
10. Day One: Site, Preparation, and Drawing the Mandala
11. Days Two to Four: Making the Ritual Objects
12. Day Five: Arranging the Ornaments
13. Days Six to Twelve: The Practice
14. The Public Days
15. Day Thirteen: Dance Rehearsal
16. Day Fourteen: Empowerment
17. Day Fifteen: Masked Dance
18. Day Sixteen: Burnt Offering, Releasing the Borders, Erasing the Sand
19. Day Seventeen: Invitation to the River

Part III. In Conclusion

20. Epilogue
21. Outline of Lord of the Dance/ Union of the Blissful Text
22. Outline of Playful Ocean Text
23. Outline of Followers Text

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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