Tibetan Village Incense

Former residence of Thönmi Sambhota

Tun-da and the surrounding villages are located about 120 miles west of Lhasa at height of about 3600m. Exceptional  incense has been produced since the time of  Thönmi Sambhota, inventor of the Tibetan script and bringer of the formulas to Tibet in the 7th century.

This tradition is continued by Tsering Dorje, the Master of Tun-da village and his disciples. Tun-da and the nearby villages derive the bulk of their income from production and sales.

Tibetan Village Incense
Tun-Da Village Master Incense
Tun-Da Village Master Backflow Cones
Tun-Mi  Backflow Cones

The following video has been edited from “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). It is a fascinating process, accomplished primarily by hand: