A torma is a particular type of cake that is often used as an offering in Vajrayana Buddhist practices. Tormas are generally made from barley flour and butter. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors specific to the practice being performed. The making of tormas is itself a sacred art form unique to Tibetan Buddhism.
Offering tormas is a virtuous act of generosity, simultaneously symbolizing the release of attachment to desirable objects as well as letting go of negative emotions. When the torma offering has been completed, the torma is then dispersed.
Image: tormas at Sakya Monlam, Lumbini, Nepal.
By the power of my faith in noble deeds
I prostrate and present
Vast and unequaled offerings
To each of the victorious Buddhas. ~Samantabhadra’s Aspiration to Noble Deeds, Verse 7