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

Discover the wonderful spectrum of aromas, ranging 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, labelled and branded as ‘Tibetan’. None are made in Tibet. Some use cheap ingredients, artificial oils and even old wood chips. We import only genuine Tibetan incense from reliable, trusted sources:

TIBETAN MONASTERY INCENSE
TIBETAN THERAPEUTIC INCENSE
TIBETAN RELAXATION INCENSE
TIBETAN VILLAGE INCENSE
TIBETAN BACKFLOW INCENSE 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: