Mani Rimdu

Mani Rimdu

Usually November
This Tibetan Buddhist festival is held at the Tengboche gompa (monastery) in Solu Khumbu district high in the Himalayas of Nepal. Merely getting there requires at least a six-day hike in the mountains. But the scenery—which includes Mt. Everest and several lower but equally impressive peaks—is magnificent for those who make it.
Mani Rimdu is a thousand-year-old Buddhist epic that is re-enacted in the courtyard of the monastery. It takes place under a full moon, and begins when masked dancers enter the courtyard in silence. The same re-enactment takes place at the Thami monastery in May or June, although festival organizers in both locations recently have started requesting that foreigners who want to witness the event pay a fee.
CONTACTS:
Nepal Tourism Board, Tourist Service Center
Bhrikuti Mandap
P.O. Box 11018
Kathmandu, Nepal
977-1-4256909; fax: 977-1-4256910
www.welcomenepal.com
Tengboche Monastery Development Project
Tengboche Monastery
Khumbu, Nepal
www.tengboche.org
SOURCES:
WildPlanet-1995, p. 276
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Lord of the Dance: The Mani Rimdu Festival in Tibet and Nepal.
Reading cover-to-cover the late Richard Kohn's monumental study of Mani Rimdu, an annual festival held at several Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in northeastern Nepal, is a marathon remotely akin to that undertaken by the Sherpa and Tibetan monks and lamas who perform this complex three-week-long event.
At the time of Kohn's research in the Solu-Khumbu district of Nepal (early 1980s to early 1990s), Mani Rimdu (mani ril sgrub, or practice of mani pills) was held at three Sherpa monasteries (Chiwong, Thami, and Tengpoche), as well as Thubten Choling, founded by Tibetan refugees from the Nyingma monastery of Rongphu just north of the border of the TAR.
The first, "Orientations," includes an introduction to the main deities and their entourages and very brief, general remarks on the history of Mani Rimdu and the genre of Tibetan religious dance.
As an antedote to foreigners' misconceptions (and perhaps to the recent reduction of such events to tourist spectacles there as elsewhere in the Tibetan world), Kohn's primary goal here seems to be an all-encompassing description that reproduces the profound tantric ritual world of the central deity's mandala palace in which the key events of Mani Rimdu take place.
Since, as he argues, these texts are the ritual core and the "script" of Mani Rimdu (p.
And since, as Kohn's explications illustrate, the practices of Mani Rimdu cover an eclectic range of Tibetan ritual technologies used in other contexts throughout the Tibetan world, his account amounts to an impressive compendium of Tibetan rituals useful to generalists or students of other genres of ritual.
MANI RIMDU: The annual Mani Rimdu at the Thyangbache monastery in Nepal is a site-specific piece of sorts, performed near the roof of the world (and a day's hike from any other human habitation) and often using the full moon as its spotlight.