Tibetan Incense

Images of Tibet: the Potala at sunrise; a chorten; prayer wheels in a monastery
Images of Tibet: the Potala at sunrise; a chorten and mountains beyond; prayer wheels in Lhasa

With the coming of Buddhism and its delicate awareness of the power of fragrance, incense Masters from all Monastic Traditions and Masters of Tibetan Medicine early on created formulas based on the sacred teachings. And the results are that aromas range from the seemingly simple to the extraordinarily complex. USE OF MUSK AND ‘PANGOLIN SCALES’ IN TIBETAN INCENSE

The world-wide popularity of Tibetan incense has led to a number of counterfeit products manufactured outside the area, but labelled and branded as ‘Tibetan’. Some is poorly made, with cheap ingredients and even old wood chips. “This has affected and degenerated Tibetan incense formulation… to a certain degree, which forms an important part of the unique Tibetan Culture”. (courtesy ‘Tibetan incense’, Wikipedia). We import only genuine Tibetan incense from reliable sources:


Tibetan Village Incense
N-M Jewel of Ancient Incense
Tun-Da Village Master Incense
Tun-Da Village Master Backflow Cones
Tun-Mi  Backflow Cones

The following video has been edited from the program “Discovery” (CCTV Channel 10, owner of the copyright) and shows the making of incense from start to finish in the small Tibetan village of Tun-da (or Tunba). The village was home to Thönmi Sambhota, inventor of the Tibetan script and bringer of the incense formula to Tibet in the 7th century. His descendants and much of the village continue the tradition. It is a fascinating process, accomplished primarily by hand: