18. april 2012

Chanting the Praises to Tara in Twenty-One Verses of Homage

Recorded in the temple hall at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, Denmark, during a Tara practice group retreat, 2009. Lama Ani Dekyi Chodron: vocal. Tara Trinley Wangmo: music & vocals for the English version. Erik Pema Kunsang: translation text for English chant.

16. februar 2012

The first utterance of Lord Buddha

The story goes that this verse of four lines is the first utterance of Buddha Shakyamuni after awakening to true and complete enlightenment.

Deep and quiet, simple, clear, unformed.

A truth that is like nectar, I have found.

Whoever I explain it, no one will understand.

So, in the jungle, silent, I remain.

However, the Buddha did teach -- after being requested by Indra and Brahma who offered a clockwise-coiled white conch and a thousand-spoked golden wheel.

Lyrics & vocals: Erik Pema Kunsang
Music & vocals: Tara Trinley Wangmo
Piano and production: Niels Erichsen