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November 22nd, 2012:

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop
Thu 31 Jan – Fri 1 Feb 2013

Tibetan Calligraphy with Phuntsok Choegyel

Learn the fundamentals of Tibetan script with Brisbane community member Phuntsok Choegyel, master in Tibetan calligraphy. Phuntsok teaches the formation of Tibetan script which is commonly used to write mantras and prayers and traditionally practised as a daily meditation.

Tibetan calligraphy can be appreciated purely for its aesthetic beauty and, at the same time, for the profundity of Tibetan philosophy expressed by simple strokes of a bamboo pen.

Materials for Students:
Required: ink calligraphy pen/s.

Graffiti Room  1:30 pm start, $25 (con$20)
Thurs 31st Jan, Fri 1st Feb,
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Duration: 60mins

Chakra Healing Workshop

Chakra Healing Workshop
Fri 1 Feb 2013

Chakra Healing Through Aromatherapy Workshop with Sal Battaglia

Learn about the chakras and how, when used with aromatherapy, they become one of the most dynamic tools for personal and spiritual growth. Chakras represent the major energy centres of our bodies and are connected to our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Subtle aromatherapy draws on the energetic or vibrational qualities of the essential oils which can be used in restoring harmonic resonance. Learn from qualified aromatherapist, author of the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Perfect Potion founder and managing director Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop.
Park Mezzanine  11:30 am, Fri 1st Feb
$25 (con$20)

Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click 

All proceeds go to the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, India.

Duration: 1hr 30mins

Tibetan Painting Workshop with Master Karma Phuntsok

Tibetan Painting Workshop
Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb 2013

Paint your own Buddha with Karma Phuntsok

The practice of drawing the Buddha is like a meditation, helping to purify negativities of body, speech and mind. Spend time with master painter Karma Phuntsok and explore your own creative skills while following a traditional grid to create an image of the historical Buddha. Karma expertly teaches the basic techniques and principles of Tibetan drawing and explains historical conventions for the creation of traditional images.

Suitable for everyone, including beginners.

Tibetan Painting Workshop Materials:
Required: (1, 2,3)
Pencil (1 soft, 1 hard)
Drawing Paper (A4 x 1)
Optional: Right triangles(2 recommended)
T-square or Ruler Compass
Tracing Paper (A4 x 1)

Graffiti Room  9:30 am start, $25 (con$20)
Thurs 31st Jan, Fri 1st Feb, Sat 2nd Feb
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click

Duration: 90mins

Public Conversation: Seed of Compassion the Art of Happiness

Public Conversation: Seed of Compassion the Art of Happiness
Sat 2 Feb 2013

Highly respected Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Geshe Lobsang Jamyang of Chenrezig Institute discusses the essence of Tibetan culture which is deeply rooted in the ideal of compassion and loving kindness.

He explains how we can develop our own compassionate nature and effectively apply this approach in everyday life. In this conversation with Geshe la, he will explore aligning our inner lives with our outer expression to discover the true paths to happiness.

Turbine Platform  Sat 2nd  Feb 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm FREE

Duration: 1hr

Panel Discussion: Ahimsa in an aggressive world

Panel Discussion: Ahimsa in an aggressive world
Sat 2 Feb 2013

An important tenet of Tibetan Buddhism, Ahimsa means kindness and non-violence toward all living things and above all, to do no harm. But in a world of hostility, we humans still find this task almost impossible, in spite of a wealth of information on cultivating world peace. How then, in the face of unending violence are Tibetans around the globe still able to practice Ahimsa when their country is experiencing one of the darkest periods in Tibetan history under the PRC? This promises to be a challenging and thought-provoking conversation.


Panel members: Greens Senator Larissa Waters, Tenpa Dugdak (Tibetan Activist), Sonam Dagpo (HH the 14th Dalai Lama’s representative in Australasia) and Kyinzom Dhongdue (Australia Tibet Council). Tsewang Thupten (Tibetan student activist) will Moderate the panel discussion.

Turbine Platform  Sat 2nd  Feb 11:30 am – 1:00 pm FREE

Duration: 1hr 30mins

The State Oracle of Tibet (Film) Followed by Forum with Ven. Thupten Ngodrup

Special evening FILM Followed by Forum with Ven. Thupten Ngodrup
Thu 31 Jan 2013 *not to be missed

The outstanding feature of this year’s Festival touches on the little-known tradition of Tibetan oracles.

An important part of the Tibetan way of life, oracles act as mediums between the physical and the spiritual realms and can be called upon as protectors and healers as well as to foretell the future. The most highly revered of these is the tradition of Nechung, the State Oracle of Tibet, whose spirit enters a Buddhist monk to give guidance to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

A film about the State Oracle of Tibet will be followed by an extraordinary opportunity to discuss the tradition of Nechung with Ven. Thupten Ngodrup himself, who is the present Nechung medium of the Chief Oracle of Tibet based in Dharamsala, India. Don’t miss this rare, never to be repeated event.

Powerhouse Theatre  Thurs 31st Jan 7:o0pm $25(con$20)
Phone Box Office (07) 3358 8600 or click 

Duration: 2hrs



Wed 30 Jan – Sun 3 Feb 2013

ExileLens Photo Exhibition

This exhibition is a celebration of Tibetan visual culture against the backdrop of ongoing Chinese oppression and continued adjustment to life in exile. Through images straight from the heart of the exile community and its burgeoning creative scene, these works will provide a deeper understanding of the multiple realities of what it means to be Tibetan today.

These incredibly talented and often young emerging artists offer new insights into current life in Tibet, exploring the exile ‘condition’ of Tibetans living as refugees, taking a fresh and young approach.
*Daily Park Mezz

Sand Mandala Creation

Throughout the Festival, mandala master Lama Khedup Bhutia will create a stunningly beautiful sand mandala. Millions of grains of brightly coloured sand are placed with great skill and patience using a metal funnel called a chak phur to form intricate geometric designs.

Beautifully detailed and highly symbolic, the sand mandala can take many days to complete, with the process culminating in the spiritually charged dissolution ceremony on the final day. Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.
*Daily Turbine Platform

Tibetan paintings Exhibition by Karma Phuntsok

The Festival features an exhibition of cutting edge contemporary Tibetan art by master painter Karma Phuntsok. Although traditionally trained, Karma also applies a range of innovative techniques and materials in his work, creating unique and dynamic expressions of contemporary Buddhist Art.

Karma’s art is featured in collections around the world including the Queensland Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Daily Turbine Platform