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.
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: Make your own Mala
Create your own strand of sacred prayer beads in the tradition of Tibetan philosophy and tradition.
Participants will learn the symbolism and proper use of their own strand of 108 beads. Materials, including beads, are made of eco-friendly wood, glasses and crystals. The whole family can enjoy this hands-on workshop.
Mantra Meditation with Lama Khedup
9am, Tue 20–Sun 25 January
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 healing and focussing vibrations.
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 energised.
Tibetan Yoga with Kunga
9.30am–10.30am, Tue 20–Sun 25 January
Kunga draws on Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga systems and his understanding of traditional Tibetan healing practices to deliver his uplifting yoga classes.
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. Don’t miss out on the most sublime way to start your Festival day.
Tibetan Dance Workshop
4pm–4.30pm, Thu 22+Fri 23 January
Tibetan folk dance combines singing and dance and is an integral part of Tibetan life. Led by dance master Tenzing Yeshe , 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.
See here a full downloadable schedule for the Festival of Tibet 2015.