Friday, 10 April 2015

Butter Sculpture at Gyuto Monastery

Friends and readers, here are a couple of photos of the butter sculptures I talked about in my last post - Prayers and Peace. Butter sculpture making is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition and are made as an offering to Lord Buddha. Tibetan monks use yak butter and other pigments to create intricate butter sculptures depicting stories about Lord Buddha. Now-a-days sculptures based on important world issues are also made and displayed at Buddhist monasteries.

These sculptures are made by hand, and to prevent the butter from melting, the monks keep dipping their hands in cold water while modelling the butter. Isn't it incredible how religious devotion inspires and motivates us to ignore physical discomfiture for the love of God.

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