Sacred Ceremonies: Ritual Music of Tibetan Buddhism
Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery
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||The Offerings for General Protectors (Sarkam)||Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery||13:08||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||A Prayer of Kala Rupa||Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery||6:30||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||The Praises for Guyashamaya (Sangva Duva)||Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery||5:46||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||The Prayers of Forgiveness (Sosol)||Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery||5:32||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||A Traditional Composition for Gya Ling (Oboe) and Dung Chen [Trumpet]||Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery||4:59||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Dedications In Verses (Monlam) / Guru Puja [Lama Chophey Tsok]||Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery||26:36||Album Only||View In iTunes|
Recording artist and producer David Parsons went to Dharamsala, India, in 1989 to record these monks for a project he was working on. He later decided to release their chants in original form. Released in 1990, this is the first volume of material. (There were two more volumes released later.) The material heard on this album came from three digital recording sessions. By the time of the second session, the monks had been rehearsing in preparation. The sound is unique, created by a circular breathing technique in order to produce a continuous tone, and accompanied by various traditional wind and percussion instruments. There are comprehensive liner notes detailing the origins of the project, the various musical instruments, and the significance of the pieces. This particular monastery is known for a unique low-pitched singing style called gya me. The monks got so into recording that they persuaded the 70-year-old Abbot of the monastery, Kalsang Norbu, to lead the chants on the last track, "Dedications in Verses." The results make for an interesting and educational listen, but for most Western listeners, the hour-plus presented here is more than one would ever need.
Years Active: '80s