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, Wed 26–Sun 30 April
Start your day with a clear, alert and luminous mind with meditation with Karma Phuntsok.
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,Wed 26–Sun 30 April
5pm–6pm, Wed 26– Sat 29 April
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.
10am–11am Wed 26–Sat 29 April
Wrathful, kind, devious or spiritual – traditionally trained artist Gyatso Thupten will guide participants as they create their own Tibetan mask to take home.
Masks are used in Tibetan Buddhist ritual dance and Tibetan performing arts to represent various characters. Wrathful, kind, devious or spiritual, the masks are often extremely colourful and stylised. Traditionally trained artist Gyaltsen Thupten will guide participants as they create their own Tibetan mask to take home.
Print Your Own Wishes
2pm–3pm, Wed 26–Sat 29 April
Using age old traditional Tibetan woodblocks, participants will print their own wishes and prayer with a special message of peace, compassion, prosperity or happiness to share with the world.
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.