Tsurphu ‘Cham Dance’ Festival འཆམ་

Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival འཆམ་

Tsurphu translated from འཆམ་ – known as the ‘Cham Dance Festival’  is an energetic religious event held in Tibet.

What is the history of Tsurphu?

Tsurphu or The Cham Dance festival, falls on the 10th day of the forth month in Tibetan Calendar.

In 2018 it began on May 24th.
In 2019 it will begin on the June 12th.

It is held at the Tsurphu Monastery to celebrate the great Indian guru Padmasambawa, a Nyingmapa teacher who promoted Buddhism throughout Tibet in the 9th century. 

Tsurphu Monastery
Tsurphu Monastery

The Cham Dance itself is very lively with dancers masked and wearing colourful costumes. Music is played by monks using traditional Tibetan instruments.

Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival music འཆམ་
Tsurphu Cham Dance Music

The dances often offer moral instruction relating to compassion for sentient beings and are held to bring merit to all who perceive them.

Cham dances are considered a form of meditation and an offering to the gods. The leader of the cham is typically a musician, keeping time using a percussion instrument like symbols.

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