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Tibetan Incense

Update: Feb. 17th, 2013

Tibetan Incense

Burning incense is a form of expression of Buddhist ritual procedure. Tibetan Buddhism is a branch of Buddhism. It is very common to burn incense to express pious belief for believers. Three famous Tibetan incenses in Tibet are Minzholing Tibetan Incense, Nimu Tibetan Incense and Mindromeiba Tibetan Incense.

Tibetan Incense – Minzholing Tibetan Incense

Dharma Deda Linba who was the founder of Minzholing Monastery was an accomplished scholar. He was expert in medicine particularly. The Blue Glaze which was written by him is still an important medical masterpiece until now. On the basis of traditional Tibetan Incense, Deda Linba added several kinds of precious Tibetan medicines and sanders from India into Tibetan Incense and made the unique precious Tibetan Incense in Minzholing Monastery. In the past, Minzholing Tibetan Incense was always provided to Potala Palace and Gaxia Government. In the period of Cultural Revolution, the production of Mindroling Tibetan Incense suspended. In 1980, after the production started again, it produced with modern mechanical techniques. The materials of Minzholing Tibetan Incense mainly are Tibetan saffron, sandalwood and other natural perfume.

Tibetan Incense – Nimu Tibetan Incense

Tibetan Incense is a kind of way to express pious belief by believers. At the same time, Tibetan Incense is also a kind of treatment in Tibetan medicine. In Tibetan medicine, the ancient "Water Perfume" is a kind of medicine. Traditionally, a large part of work of making Tibetan Incense was completed by Tibetan doctors. However, in the hometown of Tunmi Sangbuzha who was the creator of Tibetan word and Tibetan Incense – Tunba Village in Nimu County, near Lhasa, there is the tradition of making Tibetan Incense in each family.

In Tibetan, there is the tradition of burning cypress branches to make dense white fog to worship Buddha. This tradition is named "Weisang'. In Tunba Village, villagers will use water mill to grind the trunk of cypress into mud. Then, they will make the mud of cypress into some rectangular fragrant bricks. Hence, the water mills are also special landscape in the village. The Tibetan Incense made there must be added with this kind of fragrant brick. Due to the limitation of funds, local villages can not buy precious Tibetan medicine. Hence, Nimu Tibetan Incense is only with three or four materials.

Tibetan Incense – Mindromeiba Tibetan Incense

Based on a Tibetan medicine record handed down from the family, Yougecang Longri Jiacuo made Mindromeiba Tibetan Incense by collecting a large amount of recipes about making folk ancient Tibetan Incense. The main ingredients of Mindromeiba Tibetan Incense include sandal wood, Tibetan saffron, clove, elm bark, nutmeg, etc. Among these ingredients, 80 percents of them were produced in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, while the other 20 percents were imported from India. The Mindromeiba Tibetan Incense is man-made with ancient methods, except grind some original materials.

High quality Tibetan Incense is with strong infiltration capacity in air. It not only can purify air, but also can enhance body immunity ability. To burn a Tibetan Incense, it can infiltrate a space which is as large as 50 square meters. It can make people relax and be quiet.

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