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Tibetan Butter Sculpting
August 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC-6
Experience the sacred art of Tibetan Butter Sculpting with Tibetan Buddhist Monks of the Gaden Shartse Monastery in a beautiful, newly designed space. $10-20 suggested donation.
The monks will work with children and adults to create traditional sculptures made from butter, as has been done in Tibet for over 800 years.
Due to both its plenitude and highly elastic qualities, Tibetans have found butter to be very conducive to sculpture. The butter has been shaped into Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, flowers, animals, and auspicious symbols. These sculptures are then used to decorate ritual offering cakes made from barley flour. In Tibet, especially during Monlam (the Great Prayer Festival), butter sculpture contests were held among the major monasteries, and were often over 12 feet high! This workshop will begin with a demonstration by the monks and will be followed by the opportunity for each participant to make his/her own butter sculpture.
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