This evening (7.30pm IST, March 3), actors and actresses from the Tibetan Institute for the Performing Arts (TIPA) will perform a play based on the life of the Second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi. Written by the Gyalwang Karmapa in a contemporary idiom, the play focuses on three events: the arrival of Orgyenpa, who would hold the Karma Pakshi’s lineage; the meeting of these two great lamas; and finally, Orgyenpa’s meeting and recognizing the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. During the time of the Seventh Karmapa, such dramas, based on the lives of realized beings, were performed during the first fifteen days of the New Year. Today is the tenth Tibetan day (dedicated to Guru Rinpoche), and so it falls within this time period and also within the present Karmapa’s revival of Tibetan traditions especially connected to his lineage.
In addition to the Life of Karma Pakshi, students from the Sujata School, which is especially for those recently arrived from Tibet, will give a Tibetan cultural performance. The Rumtek Association of Tibetan Opera, founded during the time of the Sixteenth Karmapa, will also contribute a piece to round out the evening.
by Michele Martin