The Perfect Jewel: Sacred Chants of Tibet

The Perfect Jewel: Sacred Chants of Tibet

The Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir HRT15022

The Gyuto Monks offer excerpts from their most important chants, selected by the monastic order’s chant master for their power and beauty. These multiphonic chants, passed down over generations by Tibetan monks, are not intended as entertainment, but for prayer. Excerpts include ceremonial chanting for exorcism and blessing, praise and evocation of deities, and meditation during which monks and nuns visualize themselves as deities in order to gain enlightenment. The chants feature a variety of sounds including solo and choir voice, drilbu (small bells), damaru (small drum), nga (large drum), kangling (short trumpets), dungchen (long trumpets), rolmo (horizontal cymbals), and silnyen (vertical cymbals). The Perfect Jewel: Sacred Chants of Tibet was recorded in 1995 and issued in 2002 as part of “THE WORLD” series (now part of the Mickey Hart Collection made available by Smithsonian Folkways).

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Year Released 2002
Record Label Mickey Hart Collection
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2011 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / The Mickey Hart Collection
Genre(s) World

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101 A) Initiation Ceremony of Guhyasamaja Tantra; B) Offering of Seven Royal Emblems; C) Consecration Ceremony of Yamantaka "Raining Good Fortune"; D) Eighty Thousand Obstructions The Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir 28:00
102 E) Offering of Tea; F) Mahakala Chanting; G) Praise and Request to Kalarupa The Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir 29:07
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