Lama Dances at the end of the seven day Vajrakilaya Puja


The highlight of the seven day long Gutor Puja was the all-day Lama Dancing, or cham (Tib). The dance took place in the monastery’s courtyards.

Shortly before sunset, the grand finale of the costumed dance performance featured the ceremonial burning of an effigy in a haystack erected in the lower front courtyard. This incineration symbolizes turning one’s back on one’s own destructive habitual patterns and the resulting harmful circumstances.

May the results of this intensive ceremony dispel all obstacles and bring about the manifestation of happiness, longevity, prosperity, and enlightenment for all in the coming new year.


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