Dancing in the Clouds- The Mani Rimdu, Dumche and Tsogchen Festivals of the Khumbu Sherpas

Dancing in the Clouds- The Mani Rimdu, Dumche and Tsogchen Festivals of the Khumbu Sherpas

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Book Specification

Item Code: AZG877
Author: Venerablr Jamyang Wangmo
Language: ENGLISH
Edition: 2008
ISBN: 9789937506175
Pages: 260 (Throughout B/w and C olor Illustrations)
Other Details 8.50x5.50 inch
Weight 380 gm

Book Description

About the Book
The Mani Rimdu or ritual of consecrating pills with the mani mantra Om mani padme hum was introduced in Khumbu in the nineteen twenties. Because of the elaborate dances performed at the conclusion of the ritual as a thanksgiving 'party' and a gift to the local population, the Mani Rimdu has become an important feature of Sherpa religion and culture. Due to the social changes taking place in Khumbu, however, there is a danger that in the future the Mani Rimdu rituals and dances could deviate from the original tradition established by the Dza Rongphu Lama Ngawang Tenzin Norbu. Therefore, I feel that it is extremely important to record all details of the history, organization, rituals, and dances of the Mani Rimdu festivals before they totally disappear.

The Dumche festival, which is a religious and social gathering in remembrance of the first great Sherpa Lama Sangwa Dorje, has its origins in the seventeenth century. As with the Mani Rimdu, changes are creeping gradually into the festival. The present book Dancing in the Clouds contains accurate information about the history, organization, and rituals of the Mani Rimdu, Dumche, and Kyarog Tsogchen festivals, as well as a short history of the Thangme Gompa and its head lamas. It will be of great benefit not only for westerners but also for the new generation of well educated Sherpas to learn the background and meaning of the celebrations they habitually attend.

Venerable Jamyang Wangmo has spent many years among us and is well acquainted with the details of our religious and cultural celebrations. Therefore, I am very happy about her contribution to the preservation of Sherpa culture and religion. There is no doubt that many people will benefit from it.

About the Author
Venerable Jamyang Wangmo (Helly Pleacz Bozzi) was born in Spain in 1945 and trained in law and art. Ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1973, she lives in Nepal. She is the author of The Lawudo Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region (2005).
I am very happy that my old student, the Spanish nun Jamyang Wangmo, has written a book about the religious festivals of Khumbu, the place where I was born and where she lived for many years. Dancing in the Clouds has been written in order to benefit the people of Khumbu and to reveal to the outside world the warm, beautiful, and richly meaningful religious culture of the Sherpas.

What makes Khumbu special is the existence of the Buddhadharma. The purpose of the Buddha's Teaching is to liberate numberless deluded sentient beings from the oceans of sufferings of the lower realms, such as the sufferings of the hell realms, the realm of hungry ghosts, and the animal realm. By putting an end to the hallucinated mind, the Dharma brings liberation, peerless happiness, high realizations, compassion towards all beings, full enlightenment, and perfect power to benefit others. This is the real, ultimate goal of life.

Tibetan religious dances belong to the path of tantra. Having performed the meditational retreat of a particular deity, the dancers transform their mental attitude and perform the dances while upholding the divine pride of being the deity. Religious dances, which are very different from Hollywood dances, contain the gist of the 24,000 teachings of the Buddha and to fully understand their meaning one has to study for a whole lifetime. They constitute a method to benefit both self and others and to complete the purpose of life all the way to full enlightenment. Their power to benefit others, however, depends very much upon the motivation of the dancers.

In the tantric path four types of activities can be performed. Some activities are directed to pacifying defilements and sickness, while others increase the lifespan, realizations, and wisdom. Controlling activities serve the purpose of controlling the mind and the disturbing, harmful thoughts, as well as bringing sentient beings onto the path of the Buddha.

An newly ordained Buddhist nun, in 1973 attended the Thangme Mani Rimdu festival the first time. remember feeling slightly among the noisy crowd, deep sound musical instruments, the swirling of dancers in ornamented costumes and terrifying masks. would say that found interesting. not feel any particular wish attend the festival again.

few years later, however, back the Thangme Mani Rimdu. then had some acquaintances in the area did not such sense of being among crowd. I did wonder about meaning and purpose of those but no one questioned seemed know; local people considered Mani Rimdu to be important occasion they did understand much its actual significance. Sometime the seventies or early eighties, I decided attend the whole Mani Rimdu and learn more about stayed days Thangme in the house where my teacher Lama Thubten Rinpoche had born, and was see the rehearsal of dances, empowerment, actual dances, and fire offering deeply enjoyed the whole thing and wished someone explain to me meaning everything I saw.

**Contents and Sample Pages**

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