Mani Rimdu

Mani Rimdu Photo Gallery 1999

mountains from Thami Trekking Bridge to Junbesi Jack on a horse Meeting with a monk at Thubten Choling Rick and Marianne at Chiwong Dance of the Lords of the Cemetery Masked Dancers Torma of the Senses Chiwong katas Yellow Hats Burnt Offering Passing a Stupa

Our Journey

In October 1999 Rick, Jack, our eight-year-old son, and I flew to Kathmandu. A few days later we took a small plane to Phaphlu, a small town in the Everest region of Nepal. From there we trekked to Junbesi and visited the Thubten Choling Monastery, home of Trulshik Rimpoche. After a few days there, we trekked to Chiwong Monastery and participated in the Mani Rimdu ceremony beginning with the Empowerment, Masked Dances and then the Burnt Offering ceremony. It was Rick's last wish to share Nepal and the Mani Rimdu festival with us. He had lived in Nepal for almost 10 years and devoted his life to documenting the Mani Rimdu festival - in his PHD Thesis, then in the 108 minute version of the film, "Lord of the Dance, Destroyer of Illusion,' in the second version of the film, "Destroyer of Illusion: The Secret World of a Tibetan Lama" and finally in the book, "Lord of the Dance: the Mani Rimdu Festival in Tibet and Nepal." Sadly, our trip to Nepal in October 1999 was Rick's final visit. He left this world in May 2000.