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Festival of Tibet is the perfect opportunity to experience Tibetan culture and to renew mind, body and spirit through workshops and ideas.

The Festival of Tibet will explore themes of compassion, conflict, occupation, love, peace, migration, environmental justice and human rights.  

Morning Meditation with Karma
9.00am–9.30am, Fri 27–Sun 29 April
Turbine Platform

The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words – ‘man’ meaning mind and ‘tra’ meaning to protect or to free from. Karma will guide participants through traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation and thought awareness techniques. A beautiful way to start the day refreshed and re-energised.

Tibetan Yoga with Kunga
9.30am–10.30am, Fri 27–Sun 29 April
Turbine Platform

Originally from Tibet, Kunga lived in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala for 18 years, before 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.

Sand Mandala
10am–5pm, Fri 27 + Sat 28 April
dissolution ceremony at 12noon, Sun 29 April
Turbine Platform

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 29th April at 12noon. Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.

Mantra Mani Stone Painting
10.30am–11.30am, Fri 27–Sun 29 April
Mosquito Foyer

If you’ve ever been to Tibet, Northern India or Nepal you are familiar with the sites of beautifully crafted mantra tablets or mani stones. Even the skulls of the yaks are carved and painted with mantras after they have died, and placed on top of such pile. Mani stones are intentionally placed along the roadsides and rivers or placed together to form mounds or sometimes long walls, as an offering to spirits of place. Creating and carving mani stones as devotional or intentional process art.
Carving a mantra onto a stone: the care, time, patience, strength, and dedication that it would take. Now imagine carving many stone with the same mantra. Each being done while repeating the mantra prayerfully, intentionally. Then imagine painting each letter with a particular color because doing so and the color carried energy and meaning.

In Tibet, people have been doing this for hundreds of years. These stones are called Mani Stones, and the mantra is OM Mani Padme Hum. Come along to paint your own mantra mani stone.

Karma Phuntsok Exhibition
10am–5pm Daily, Tue 24–Sun 29 April
Mosquito Foyer

Traditionally trained, cutting edge contemporary master Tibetan artist, Karma Phuntsok, applies a range of innovative techniques and materials in his work, creating unique and dynamic expressions of contemporary Tibetan 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, including Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery.

Panel –The Story of Us
11.30am–1pm, Sat 28 April
Turbine Platform

The Story of Us – is a very personal and insightful sharing of what has been a universal story – that of forced diaspora or human migration throughout the ages around the world. Join Mr. Tempa Tsering (Dalai Lama’s rep), Kyinzom Dhongdue (Director of ATC) and Tenzin Nyidon.

The Story of Us traces the way in which our recent waves of refugee migration during the past twenty years have become an archetypally Australian multicultural story, seen through the prism of a series of personal experiences from a diverse array of speakers who now, along with their communities, call Queensland home. Many of the Tibetans in Australia were actually born in Tibet and have experienced life under China’s occupation. Others were born to refugee parents who fled into exile in Northern India. Through their personal stories, The Story of Us celebrates the human spirit of hope, healing and courage.

Join us for The Story of Us, celebrating remarkable, moving, compassionate, bold and resilient stories.

Buddhism For The Unbelievably Busy
2pm–4pm, Sat 28 April
Turbine Platform

Join highly respected Tibetan Buddhist master, Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering and Meshel Laurie as they discuss the ideals of compassion and loving kindness and the benefit these bring to all.

Khensur Rinpoche explains how we can develop our own compassionate nature and effectively apply this approach in everyday life. In this conversation, they will explore aligning our inner lives with our outer reality to discover oneself in this unbelievably busy world.

Meshel Laurie is probably a very bad Buddhist, but she puts her heart and soul into improving, every day. She works in TV and radio, podcasts, writes columns and books, and parents 6-year-old twins. Meshel used to be quite good at stand up comedy, but unfortunately doesn’t do it anymore, as she has no interest in going out at night. Meshel is proudly an official ambassador for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Australia, and for Reconciliation Australia.