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LIVE SPARK – free event

LIVE SPARK – Free on Turbine Platform
Sunday, 24th April. Time 3:30 – 5pm

The last Sunday of every month, Mix Tape inspires collaboration between diverse and talented singer-songwriters. Three different musicians will be brought together to discuss the music that drives them, each chatting about and performing their own mixtape of original songs or covers. Come along to witness one time alliances between unlikely unions, or hear old friends combine their skills in a piece together.

This month Live Spark during the Festival of Tibet features Tenzing Yeshe, Kathrine Philp and Tenzin.

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COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS / PRINT YOUR WISHES

FESTIVAL of TIBET
BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, 18th – 24th April 2016

Proceeds go to the Tibetan Children’s Village, India.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – HH the 14th
Dalai Lama

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We are honoured to host the first ever visit to Australia by His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, who will bless us with his presence and wisdom with Karmic Imprints. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recognised him as the reincarnation of his Senior Tutor, the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche; the Festival of Tibet therefore offers a rare and auspicious opportunity to hear one of Buddhism’s most respected teachers share his intimate understanding and experience of Karma, death and rebirth.  http://lingrinpoche.info/
Another very special guest is keynote speaker Dr Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned scholar and environmental advocate who has dedicated her career to investigating the most significant ecological and social issues of our time. Dr Shiva’s passionate and compelling talk Making Peace with the Earth will address the importance of the soil itself as well as Tibet’s pivotal role as the water source for billions of people throughout Asia.
“You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.” – Dr. Vandana Shiva
Bringing Tibet Home (FILM) – The risks involved in the creation of an audacious work of subversive art are chronicled in this affecting documentary, which explores the personal pain of Tibetan exiles treading on home soil which has been smuggled out of their homeland to India.
Bardo Songs – Liberation through hearing CONCERT – Lucid poetry combined with sublime music and a mesmerising unfolding visual art experience provides a window into the moments just before and just after death and how we prepare for the mind’s release from the body and the experiences of ‘the between’.
Tibet on Fire Concert – The Roaring Fire Choir is led by local vocal legend, Yani Choir mistress. Tenzing Yeshi from Melbourne will be joined by Sherab and Metok, Kunsang and Gaynyen from Japan.
Special Events: Karmic Imprints: Liberation Through Seeing – a unique exhibition of artworks from  prominent contemporary Tibetan artists from around the world. The exhibition will  open a window into the minds of these artists, some of whom have experienced censorship during their careers, and the conflicts and synergies that exist between identity, traditions, spirituality and life in the modern world.
Ticketed Workshops
Free workshops
Sand Mandala,  Morning Meditation, Tibetan Yoga, Chakra Healing, Prayer flag printing.
Proceeds go to Tibetan Children’s Villages, India, to support the education of  Tibetan children living in exile
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*Please note that Exhibition Opening is on Wednesday 20th April @ 6:30pm – free

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A very warmhearted Thank You to Deva Premal & Miten and Frieds for the beautiful Prayer for Peace Concert to Launch the Festival and raise much needed awareness and funds for the education of Tibetan Children in Exile.

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Proudly sponsored by Brisbane Powerhouse, Perfect Potion, Philip Bacon Galleries and supported by Tibet Information Office,Deva Premal and Miten, Himalayan Film Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Australia Tibet Council, Chenrezig Institute, Tibetan Education Fund and Chris Hooper Promotions.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – Make your own Mala
10:00am – 11:00am Wed – Sat (Mosquito Foyer) FREE

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Create your own strand of sacred prayer beads in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Participants will learn the symbolism and proper use of their own strand of 108 precious beads. Materials, including beads made of eco-friendly wood, glasses and crystals are provided.  The whole family can join in this hands-on workshop.

PRINT YOUR WISHES – Tibetan way
02:00pm – 3:00pm Wed – Sat (Mosquito Foyer) FREE

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The prayer flag tradition has a long history dating back to ancient Tibet. Buddhists believe that, as the wind moves the flags, the prayers and mantras they bear are carried on the wind to benefit all sentient beings. Prayer flags were traditionally printed using black ink and hand carved woodblocks.The colours most often used for the flags are yellow, green, red, white, and blue representing the five Buddha families and the five elements. Using age old traditional Tibetan woodblocks, Participants can print their own wishes and prayer with a special message of peace, compassion, prosperity or happiness to share with the world.

EXHIBITIONS / HANDS ON ARTS

EXHIBITIONS / HANDS ON ARTS
SAND MANDALA – Monks of Tibet
10:00am – 5:00pm Wed – Sun (Turbine Plateform) FREE

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Throughout the Festival, you can witness our resident monks creating 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 (Sunday 24th April @ 12pm). Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.

WED 20 APRIL–SUN 04 MAY, 2016
Please join us for the Exhibition Opening Night on Wed 20 April from 6.30pm on the Turbine Platform.

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Karmic Imprints – Liberation through seeing brings artworks from some of the most prominent, sought after and sometimes controversial contemporary Tibetan artists from around the world to the Festival of Tibet in 2016. This unique exhibition will open a window into the minds of these artists, some of whom have experienced censorship during their careers, and their inspirations of politics, religion and the conflicts and synergies that exist between identity, traditions, spirituality and life in the modern world.

Tibetan and Himalayan artists have recently made a significant impact in the world of contemporary. Inherent in their works is the desire to address the experience of identifying as Tibetan  – a notion that disrupts the modern world’s tendency to categorise peoples by geographic boundaries. The experience of living in exile and reality that several generations of Tibetans have now grown up without ever stepping into their homeland is addressed in this exhibition, as well as the ongoing issues arising from the occupation of Tibet, through powerful references such as self-immolation, to the continued evolution of Tibetan Buddhist art and spirituality.

From the rich colours of thangka painting to quiet meditative compositions, the works featured carry an energy and voice for Tibetans, each providing their own spiritual or emotional imprint, releasing their own karmic presence. Karma is created by making free-will choices not in line with your Higher Self. Karma represents decisions, concepts, vows, unresolved emotions and attitudes that are held consciously and unconsciously by YOU that creates, influences, or magnetizes events and experiences into current reality.

Karmic Imprints include your past individual karmic imprints, ancestral karmic imprints, parental karmic imprints, as-well-as collective imprints inherited.
Please join us for the Exhibition Opening Night on Wed 20 April from 6.30pm on the Turbine Platform with Tarun Nagesh and Karma Phuntsok. 

See the full catalogue of artists HERE.

  • Karma Phuntsok (AUS)
  • Tenzin Rigdol (NYC/INDIA/NEPAL)
  • Tsherin Sherpa (CALIF/INDIA)
  • Gonkar Gyatso (LHASA/NYC/BEJING)
  • Sonam Dolma Braurn (SWISS)
  • Hit Man Gurung (NEPAL)
  • Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar (INDIA)
  • Chungpo Tsering (CALIF/INDIA)
  • Tulku Jamyang (NEPAL)
  • Tashi Norbu (AMS/INDIA)
  • Dolma Chonzom(CALIF/NEPAL)
  • Judy Holding (AUS)
  • Surendra Maharjan (NEPAL)
  • Pema Tshering (BHUTAN)
  • Karma Sichoe (INDIA)


                       

Karma's work                         Karma Phuntsok – City Mandala – 2016

Make your own meditation blend with Sal Battaglia

Make your own meditation blend with Sal Battaglia

button_bookonline2.00pm – 4.00pm Fri 28th April (Park Mez) – $30

Learn how to make a beautiful meditation essential oil blend from qualified aromatherapist, author of the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy and Perfect Potion founder Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop.

Sal2Learn 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.

I Heart MoMo – Tibetan cooking workshop

I Heart MoMo – Tibetan cooking workshop

button_bookonline2.00pm – 3.00pm Wed 26th and Thurs 27th April (Turbine Studio) – $25

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Learn the art of making the perfect Tibetan dumpling – the Momo!  Momo master and West End Market favourite Wanday will share his secrets with you at this delicious workshop for all ages.    All ingredients provided.

Tibetan Painting Workshops

Tibetan Painting Workshops
11.30 am – 1.00pm
Wed 26
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Spend some time with Master painter Karma Phuntsok and learn some simple techniques used in traditional Tibetan Painting. The art of Karma Phuntsok is a unique and dynamic expression of contemporary Buddhist Art.

The startling beauty and richness which graces his work is influenced by his diverse life experiences: from a childhood in Tibet under Chinese oppression to life as a refugee in India; his love of life in the Australian bush, and the veneration with which he holds His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Internationally acclaimed, Karma’s work is scattered throughout the world, in private collections and galleries, and in Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery.

Bringing Tibet Home (FILM)

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7:30pm  Monday 18h April (Turbine Studio) $15

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The risks involved in the creation of an audacious work of subversive art are chronicled in this affecting documentary, which explores the personal pain of Tibetan exiles treading on home soil which has been smuggled out of their homeland to India.

Inspired by his inability to fulfil his dying father’s final wish to once again visit his homeland, this film follows the efforts of New York-based artist Tenzing Rigdol to smuggle 20 tonnes of earth from Tibet and bring it across the border into India. With it, Tenzin created the most poignant art installation, ‘Our Land, Our People’ which enabled exiled Tibetans to set foot on their home soil, sometimes for the first time in their lives. ★★★★★

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DIRECTOR’S BIO
Tenzin Tsetan Choklay was born to Tibetan refugees in India, and was raised in Dharamsala where he was a student at the Tibetan Children’s Village. In 2005, after taking part in Busan International Film Festival’s 1st Asian Film Academy program, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Korean Academy of Film Arts in Seoul, one of South Korea’s leading film schools. He graduated from the Korean Academy of Film Arts in 2008. Since then Tenzin has worked on a number of documentaries and film projects as a producer and director. Tenzin’s latest film “Bringing Tibet Home” first premiered at the 18th Busan International Film Festival and went on to win the “Prix Du Jury Des Jeunes Européens” award at the 2014 Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) in France. Tenzin is based in New York City.

Making Peace with the Earth with Dr Vandana Shiva (TALK)

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7.30pm Wednesday 20th April (Powerhouse Theatre) – $35

“You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.” – Dr. Vandana Shiva

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Indian scholar, environmental activist and anti-globalisation author Dr Vandana Shiva has dedicated her career to investigating the most significant ecological and social issues of our time.  The disastrous gas leak in Bhopal from Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in 1984 compelled Dr Shiva to shift her focus from Physics to environmental policy, the protection of agricultural diversity, organic farming and fair trade.  Author of over 20 books including Making Peace with the Earth, Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest and Water Wars, Dr Shiva highlights the social, economic and ecological costs of corporate-led globalisation. Due to her first book, Staying Alive and her progressive views on women’s involvement in agriculture, Dr Shiva is also known as an eco-feminist who has helped redefine perceptions of women in developing countries.  Dr Shiva chairs the Commission on the Future of Food and is a board member of the International Forum on Globalisation.  In 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr Shiva as one of the seven most powerful women in the world.

This evening, moderated by Paul Barclay host of Big Ideas, ABC Radio National, and is titled Making Peace with the Earth. We will enjoy Dr Shiva’s sharing of the importance of the soil itself which was acknowledged by the UN General Assembly when it declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. Tibet’s pivotal role as the water source for billions of people throughout Asia will also be a particular focus. 

Dr Shiva’s passionate and compelling address will be complemented by evocative music by Tenzin Choegyal and friends.

Tibet on Fire Concert (CONCERT)

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8:00pm Thursday 21st April (Visy) – $30

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Tibet on Fire Concert features folk dances and songs by some of Australia’s most exciting Tibetan musicians. Presented by Tenzing Yeshi from Melbourne, a graduate of the acclaimed Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) which is the most prominent, active and flourishing centre for Tibetan cultural arts. With original music by Japan based Tibetan artist Genyen Tenzin and fabulous traditional folk dances by Brisbane’s own Tibetan artists Kunsang Dekey, Tenzin Methok and Tenzin Sherab.

The second half of the concert will bring the Roaring Fire Choir back to the Festival to create a truly elegant, vibarnt vocal concert.  The Roaring Fire Choir (a combination of ‘Tongues of Fire’ and ‘Roar’ choirs) is led by local vocal legend, Yani Choirmistress. A singer, performer, facilitator and choir mistress, Yani treats her audiences to a wide array of musical styles ranging from Blues to Gospel, traditional African to Indian devotional and from Soul to Klezmer.

Bardo Songs – Liberation through hearing (CONCERT)

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08:00pm Friday 22nd April (Visy) – $30

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Profound and moving, ‘Bardo Songs – Liberation through the senses’ features real-time painting by acclaimed Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok.  Together with extracts from the Tibetan Book of the Dead and a collaborative score coordinated by Festival Director Tenzin Choegyal and featuring some of Brisbane’s finest musicians – Marcello Milani, Shen Flindell, Peter Hunt, and Yeshe Reiner.  Lucid poetry combined with sublime music and songs – a mesmerising unfolding visual art experience provides a window into the moments just before and just after death and how we prepare for the mind’s release from the body and the experiences of ‘the between’. The ‘Bardo Thotrol’ (The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Between) was originally composed by Guru Padmasambhava in the 14th century. Although this book is ostensibly written for the dead, it is in fact about life.

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2015 Festival Home Page

FESTIVAL of TIBET
In honour of HH the 14th Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday
BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, 19th – 25th Jan 2015
“In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.”
HH the 14th Dalai Lama

The seventh annual Festival of Tibet will be a celebration of the resilience and optimism of a people and culture under threat.  Founded on the principles of compassion and non-violence, this all-ages festival explores these universal themes through concerts, exhibitions, discussion and workshops.

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Not only does the Festival offer audiences varied and engaging experiences through its mix of free and ticketed events, it raises much needed funds for the Tibetan refugee community with all proceeds going to the Tibetan Children’s Village schools in India.
Jetsun Pema, lovingly known as ‘Ama la” (Tibetan for Mother) and younger sister to His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, will be making her much awaited return visit to the Festival of Tibet. UNESCO medal winner and first female Minister of the Tibetan Government in exile, Ama la will reflect on her experiences at a special forum and concert.
The opening concert will feature the popular and much loved international performers, Deva Premal and Miten. Deva and MIten will have just completed a 25 country world tour and are looking forward to presenting their evening of chanting ‘Prayers for Peace’ in support of the people of Tibet.
Witness the creation of a superb Sand Mandala from millions of grains of coloured sand, learn to cook Tibetan dumplings, paint, meditate, contemplate and be swept up in beautiful music – the Festival of Tibet offers something for everyone.

 TICKETS Booking  www.brisbanepowerhouse.org or (07) 3358 8600

PACKAGE DEALS
“4 x Workshop Package Deal $85*. The Workshop package includes: 1x Painting workshop / 1x Dumplings workshop / 1x Chakra healing workshop / 1x Calligraphy workshop

Evening Session Package Deal $85*. This package includes: 1x Film: Compassion in Exile / 1x Tibet My Story: In Conversation with Ama Jetsun Pema / 1x Beyond Optimism / 1x Mystical Tibet Concert.

Festival Package Deal $160*. This exciting package combines the 4 X Workshop Package Deal and the Evening Session Package Deal.

*An additional $6 fee applies to each Package booking transaction.”

Proudly sponsored by Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane Powerhouse, Perfect Potion and supported Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd, Tibet Information Office, Himalayan Film Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Australia Tibet Council, Chenrezig Institute, Tibetan Education Fund, Chris Hooper Promotions and Tibetan Community of Qld Inc.

 

WOMEN WITH WISDOM – Melbourne Special Event

WOMEN WITH WISDOM is night of music and inspirational conversation with Tencho Gyatso, 
daughter of Jetsun Pema La (Younger sister of His Holiness Dalai Lama), Meshel LaurieKerry ArmstrongTenzin Choegyal and the Tarella Strings, moderated by Gabriel Lafitte. 

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Tencho Gyatso, is the daughter of Jetsun Pema. Born in Dharamsala, the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the exile Tibetan administration, Tencho was educated at the Tibetan Children’s Village school and St Bede’s College in Shimla, India. She served as an elected member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile for two terms during which, among her other work, she traveled widely to Tibetan settlements in India, and to speak on Tibet to various governmental and NGO groups in Europe and the United States.

She moved to the United States in 1999 to join her husband, Losang Gyatso, a contemporary Tibetan artist. She and her family currently live in Washington DC, where she oversees the Tibetan Empowerment and Chinese Engagement programs at the International Campaign for Tibet, an organisation which works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the Tibetan people.

Along the way, Tencho also acted in Martin Scorsese’s film Kundun, playing the role of the Dalai Lama’s mother, and started the popular Tibetan food blog, Simply Tibetan.

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Karmic Imprints: Life After death (TALK)

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7.30pm Saturday 23rd April (Visy) – $20

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Concepts of Karma and rebirth are central to Buddhist philosophy.  In this not to be missed event, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most respected teachers will share his profound insight into these ideas when he joins the Festival of Tibet for ‘Karmic Imprints’ in the Powerhouse Theatre. 

When His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was only two years old, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recognised him as the reincarnation of the 6th Ling Rinpoche (1903 – 1983). The 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was His Holiness’ main teacher and spiritual advisor throughout his lifetime, and accompanied His Holiness when he fled into exile from Tibet in 1959. His Holiness refers to him as “my Root Guru”. He was also supreme head of the Gelugpa tradition which is the largest tradition in Tibetan Buddhism.  Over many centuries, the incarnations of Ling Rinpoche were tutors to many Dalai Lamas.

The Festival of Tibet is honoured to have His Eminence join us from India and bless us with his presence and wisdom in 2016.  Don’t miss this auspicious event and the opportunity to hear one of Buddhism’s most respected teachers share his intimate understanding and experience of Karma, death and rebirth.

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2015 Talks

TALKS AND PANELS

PANEL : WHY THE DALAI LAMA MATTERS?
11:30am – 1:00pm Sat 25th Jan (Turbine) FREE

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an extraordinary example of a life dedicated to peace, compassion, and unity. What he represents, and what he has accomplished, heals and transcends the current tensions between Tibet and China. Why the Dalai Lama Matters explores just why he has earned the world’s love and respect, and how restoring Tibet’s meaningful autonomy within greater China is not only possible, but highly reasonable, and absolutely necessary for all humans to have a peaceful future.

WHY MEDITATE?
1:30pm – 2:30pm Sat 25th Jan (Turbine) FREE

Meditation is one of the best tools we have to counter the brain’s negativity bias, release accumulated stress, foster positive experiences and intentions, and enjoy the peace of present moment awareness. A large body of research has established that having a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mental and physical health.
Meditation cultivates equanimity and compassion, allowing you to be present with a loved one, client or co-worker and really listen to what they are saying and what they may need.

 

WHY TIBET? Action for Tibet 101
3:00 pm – 4:30pm Sat 25th  (Park Mezz) FREE

Ever wanted to take action for Tibet but don’t know where to start? Hosted by the Australia Tibet Council, this session addresses ways to promote human rights and democratic freedoms and encourage a peaceful and lasting solution to the Tibetan situation. Come along for an opportunity to meet others who care about Tibet and consider some of the ways we can all support the Tibetan community and help to create a better future.

2015 Workshops

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All tickets for Workshops will be on sale late November …

Morning Meditation with Lama Khedup
Tues – Sun 9.00am – 9.30am (Turbine Platform) FREE

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Start your day with a clear and alert mind with Lama Khedup’s (ex-Gyuto Monastery) special meditation experience employing mantra recitation – energy-based sounds which produce vibrations within the universe. The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words – man meaning “mind” and tra meaning “to protect or to free from”. Lama Khedup will guide participants through traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation and thought awareness techniques. A beautiful way to start the day refreshed and re-energized.

Tibetan Yoga with Kunga
Tues – Sun 9.30am – 10.30am (Turbine Platform) FREE

Originally from Tibet, Kunga lived in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala for 18 years, before finally coming to Australia in 2010. During his time in Dharamsala, Kunga studied the Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga systems under Yoga Master Vijay at the Universal Yoga Centre. At that time he also studied a variety of traditional Tibetan healing practices. Kunga has also completed studies in Buddhist Philosophy at Varanasi University.

Tibetan Painting Workshops
11.30 am – 1.00pm Wed 21st, Thurs 22nd & Fri 23rd Jan (Graffiti Room) – $25 button_bookonline

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Spend some time with Master painter Karma Phuntsok and learn some simple techniques used in traditional Tibetan Painting. The art of Karma Phuntsok is a unique and dynamic expression of contemporary Buddhist Art. The startling beauty and richness which graces his work is influenced by his diverse life experiences: from a childhood in Tibet under Chinese oppression to life as a refugee in India; his love of life in the Australian bush, and the veneration with which he holds His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Internationally acclaimed, Karma’s work is scattered throughout the world, in private collections and galleries, and in Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery.

I Heart MoMo – Tibetan cooking workshop
1.30pm – 2.30pm Wed 21st and Thurs 22nd Jan (Turbine Studio) – $25 button_bookonlinemomo

Learn the art of making the perfect Tibetan dumpling – the Momo!  Momo master and West End Market favourite Wanday will share his secrets with you at this delicious workshop for all ages.    All ingredients provided.

 Chakra Healing with Sal Battaglia
1.30pm – 2.30pm Fri 23rd Jan  (Turbine Studio)-  $25 button_bookonline

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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.

Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop
3.00pm – 4.30pm Thurs 22nd and Fri 23rd Jan (Graffiti Room) – $25 button_bookonline

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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 practiced 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.

Tibetan Dance Workshop
4.00pm – 4.30pm Thurs 22nd and Fri 23rd Jan (Turbine Platform) – FREE

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Tibetan folk dance combines both singing and dance and is an integral part of Tibetan life. Led by accomplished dance teacher Yeshi and members of the Queensland Tibetan community dance troupe, this workshop teaches basic steps and rhythms used in traditional dance forms.Tibetans express their history, spirituality, cultural traditions and above all love for their homeland through their traditional dances which are still performed at festivals, weddings and gatherings.

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COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – Make your own Mala
10:00am to 12:00  – 2:00 to 4:00pm Tues – Sun (Mosquito Foyer)

CountYourblessings2Create your own strand of sacred prayer beads in the tradition of Tibetan philosophy. Participants will learn the symbolism and proper use of their own strand of 108 beads and will have the opportunity to have their new mala blessed by the monks.

Materials, including beads made of eco-friendly wood, glasses and crystals.  Whole family can join in this hands on workshop.

 

2015 Exhibition

SAND MANDALA by Lama Khedup Bhutia
10:00am – 5:00pm Tues – Sun (Turbine Platform)

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Throughout the Festival, mandala master Lama Khedup 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 (Sunday 25th Jan @ 12pm). Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.

 

TIBETAN ART EXHIBITION
Tues – Sun (Mosquito Foyer)

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An exhibition of Tibetan Thangka paintings will transform the Powerhouse’s Turbine Platform into a sacred space of stunning buddhas, bodhisattvas and deities. All paintings by Tibetan Artists in Exile.

The exhibition also features 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.