Norbulingka institute is located in the terrain and foot hills of Himachal Pradesh that surrounds the Himalayan heights of Tibet and Ladakh. It is an institute which is near Dharamshala in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This institute also helps to retain Tibetan culture and value among the Indo Tibetans who have settled in this place long years ago.
The feel of mini Tibet is obtained in this place, as this institute is maintained with gardens, and water bodies to give the special and colorful feel of the surroundings. With workshops of artisan (craftsmen) working with different crafts (arts) for the preservation of the Tibetan culture.
Copper in 20th century was brought in sheet form for the metal exchange which is mixed with scrap that can be laid by hands on, old wires, faulty castings, spruces from previous image and following. Copper is demand amongst newer sculptors for casting the good quality statues. The soft surface of pure copper is easier to handle than the hard, brittle surface of brass and problems like fire- gilding.
“The native form of Copper generally appears to be found in the malachite and azurite on earth. It is believed to be first found by the Italian Capuchin, Father Orazio della Penna di Billi who had spent about twenty years in Tibet and found the presence of these copper ores in this region. Pure unalloyed copper which is considered valuable for the images of Buddha and Bodhisattva are made of pure copper. Metal craft of Himachal Pradesh is one of the typical antique metal figures which is the main aspect of the temples.
People who follow Buddhism believe their beloved master as Buddha who is remembered as their great master with qualities which inspired many people from generation to generation. Images, statutes of Buddha are used as a symbol and object of focus to gain peace of mind, by putting aside the thoughts of strife thinking only of peace, calmness etc. It also helps to recall this great man by devotees to follow his examples and instructions.