The Great Prayer Festival

The Great Prayer Festival

The Great Prayer Festival, or Monlam Chenmo, was established by Je-Rinpoche, or Tsong Khapa, in Lhasa in 1409. The timing, the first two weeks of t...

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Losar - Tibetan New Year

Losar - Tibetan New Year

Losar marks the first day of the first month of the Tibetan lunar calendar; a time to put behind the negative aspects of the old year, make resolut...

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Appliqué at Norbulingka

Appliqué at Norbulingka

Norbulingka developed the art of applique in a unique way, using traditional motifs to create vibrant pieces for the home. Applique is an ancient c...

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Richard Gere & Norbulingka

Richard Gere & Norbulingka

It is with great pleasure that we present our friend Richard Gere’s message. Richard, a Buddhist and a longtime friend of Tibet, has contributed to...

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Norbulingka's Children

Norbulingka's Children

Though Norbulingka was inaugurated in 1995, it was a work in process with a growing number of employees, including families, who lived and worked t...

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Giving

Giving

  In Tibetan Buddhism, Giving is one of the Six Perfections, a powerful means for accumulating merit. Merit is the motor for extracting ourselves f...

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The Bu-ray Story

The Bu-ray Story

Buray in Tibetan means insect cloth. Known as endi in India, this rugged, off white fabric is made from the pierced cocoon of the Attacus Ricini mo...

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Picnic Tents

Picnic Tents

Tibetan culture and society is rooted in pastoralism. The population outside cities is mostly nomadic, though many are both nomads and farmers, and...

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Master Sculptor

Master Sculptor

PEMBA DORJE  (1930-2011) Norbulingka Institute was founded to help revive Tibetan artistic tradition and artisanship. We were fortunate to have wit...

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