The Dalai Lama will release his very first album ‘Inner world’ this July 6, on the occasion of his 85th birthday. ‘Inner world’, that’s, first of all, an album where teachings and Mantras are sang by the current spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and then set with ambient music by a couple of New Zealanders, Junelle and Abraham Kunin students in Buddhism.
Recently released on the Dalai Lama’s official YouTube channel, “Compassion,” is based on one of the most famous Buddhist prayers. The song boasts a decidedly New Age flow with plenty of ethereal instrumentals, but it’s anchored by a steady bass and drum groove that the Dalai Lama rides deftly as he chants the Sanskrit mantra, “Om mani padme hum.”
A dozen musicians were invited to participate to the album requiring more than five years of work, including Anoushka Shankar (daughter of Ravi Shankar), a sitar specialist.
Junelle Kunin would have had this idea “after a simple search on the Internet, while trying to find content that would combine the teachings of the Dalai Lama with some music, to relieve stress at work”. The musician later recorded the Dalai Lama as he recited the mantras of seven Buddhas, also incorporating excerpts from discussions “on subjects such as wisdom, courage, healing, and children”. She would then have said:
“He was so elated and explained to us how important music is. He leaned forward, eyes sparkling, rubbing his fingers against each other, and told us how music can help people in ways that were inaccessible to them, and how it can transcend differences and bring us back to our true nature and kindness of heart”. The profits from the sales will be donated to various educational programs around the world supported by the Dalai Lama.
His Holiness Dalai Lama is now 84 years old, and is considered since November 17, 1950, as the spiritual leader of Tibet, but also as an earthly emanation of the Buddha of compassion (bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara), one of the most deities revered of Tibetan Buddhism. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his will to resolve the Sino-Tibetan conflict by non-violence, Tenzin Gyatso, whose real name is, the fourteenth Dalai Lama was inducted spiritual and temporal head of Tibet at the age of 15, and live in exile since 1959 in Dharamsala, in the north of India.