The selections on this release are based primarily on the prayers and mantras received by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche from his own teachers. According to the Buddhist tradition, prayers and mantras are expressions of enlightened speech. Many of the melodies come from visonary experiences of great masters, and it is believed that such melodies have a powerful capacity to transmit blessings
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002) was a meditation master, artist, and healer who belonged to the last generation of teachers to have inherited the profound wealth of Tibetan Buddhism while still in Tibet. After coming to the West in 1979, he established the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation, with major centers in both North and South America. Through his vast kindness, Rinpoche guided and brought benefit to thousands of students all over the world. He also authored several books on Buddhism and the path of meditation, including the best seller Gates to Buddhist Practice and his autobiography Lord of the Dance.
All proceeds from the sale of this CD support Chagdud Gonpa Odsal Ling in Brazil, which is a nonprofit Vajrayana Buddhist organization supported entierly by donors and members.
Five Stars at Amazon.com by Cat's Meow "Rickytickytwo"
August 31, 2005
I heard this cd playing in the shop Lhasa Handicrafts in Seattle while I was shopping there. The cd belonged to the salesclerk who was working there. I could not believe my ears, it was spellbingingly beautiful. I thought I was listening to the voices of the winds in high mountainous places, whispering of hope and salvation. The Master's voice was that of a very old soul, one who had seen much, and yet still was smiling with the joy of life. It was a profoundly moving experience, and one that I will never forget.
I was awestruck. Still am. It teaches you by sound. And hea-
ven knows we need his soul-moving beauty now more than ever.
I cannot recommend this enough. It puts you instantly into a better place, and I thank the Rinpoche for making this cd.
Five Stars at Amazon.com by Joseph Morales, March 21, 2007
Chagdud Tulku had one of the richest and most resonant chanting voices that I've heard, and this is one of a handful of my favorite chant albums of any type. Here he chants traditional texts and mantras alone and unaccompanied, with lyrical traditional melodies and exquisite vocal ornamentation. Very inspiring.