A unique album of mantras and teachings from the Dalai Lama (Inner World)…
The 14th Dalai Lama released his debut album on his 85th birthday!
Inner World is the title of the Dalai Lama's debut album, released on his 85th birthday, July 6, 2020. This event is notable because it represents the first time in history that the Dalai Lama has released recorded music!
The album topped the Billboard New Age charts, peaked at number four on the Best New Artist Albums Chart, and number eight on the Billboard World Music! Not bad for a debut, right?
Who is the Dalai Lama?
The Dalai Lama is the Buddhist spiritual leader of Tibet. In the last century (until 1959), they were considered almost the presidents of the Tibetan highlands ... In the Tibetan language, "lama" means "guru" or "teacher."
According to legend, the Dalai Lama is the reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara. Allegedly, at one moment, this deity grew 1000 arms and 11 heads ... In this form, he received his extraordinary strength, but this is another story.
The first official Dalai Lama appeared back in 1578! The modern spiritual leader of Tibet was recognized as a reincarnation of the past in 1937 (given that he was born in 1935 ...)
About the album Inner World
Inner World is a unique album of the Dalai Lama's mantras and teachings set to music. The album was released to celebrate the spiritual leader's 85th birthday on July 6, 2020. In a way, these are his personal visions and works in the name of world peace and the education of the heart ...
When the Dalai Lama was asked why he accepted the request to make an album, he replied:
“The very purpose of my life is to serve as much as I can. And music can convey to many more people the message that the true source of happiness is warmth and concern for others.”
“Inner Peace” is a luminous offering by the Dalai Lama reciting mantras and giving short teachings woven on a musical bed… The album of the 14th Dalai Lama is conceived as a gift to mankind. Created over five years, it contains 11 tracks of teachings and well-known mantras set to music.
In Hindu and Buddhist practice, mantras are sacred words or verses recited during meditation or prayer, designed to comfort and give spiritual strength. The album addresses the key issues of the Dalai Lama: courage, healing, wisdom, purification, protection and humanity.
On the CD, the Buddhist leader personally recites the mantras. For his followers, this has already proved to be a very special meditative experience. So, on one of the tracks - Compassion, released in advance, the Dalai Lama utters the ancient universal mantra of love and compassion "Om Mani Padme Hum" (Jewel in the Lotus).
Many listeners have already enjoyed Inner World, describing it as "a little softness in this harsh world."
The origins of Inner World can be traced back to 2015, when one of the project's co-executive producers and longtime student of the Dalai Lama, Junel Kunin, wrote to him asking him to create an album. She wrote that such an album would certainly help people cope with emotional stress and believe in a brighter future...
Inspired by New Zealand Buddhist performer Junel Kunin, the Dalai Lama enthusiastically responded, "This will benefit many!"
As a result, Junel and her husband Avraham Kunin, both from New Zealand, spent the next five years working to bring the project to life... The Dalai Lama's recordings are infused with music composed by Abraham and performed on over 30 instruments by himself and a group of his collaborators from all over peace! The composer combined live performances with skilful programming and staging, creating a peaceful framework for these sacred offerings...
Inner World comes with an accompanying booklet that reveals the benefits of mantras written by the Reverend Robina Curtin and exclusive stunning pieces of traditional Tibetan and contemporary art.
The Dalai Lama himself hopes that Inner World can instill confidence in people in a world shaken by crises.
What do we know about the 14th Dalai Lama? From the Tibetan throne to exile...
Who knows better than this man how difficult life can be? The son of a poor Tibetan peasant family was not even two years old when the Buddhist monks recognized in him the revival of the 13th Dalai Lama ... They believed that the soul of the Buddha lives in the child.
And so, on February 22, 1940, Lhamo Thondup ascended the throne and received the monastic name Tenzin Gyatso. In 1950, when he was 15 years old, he was proclaimed the spiritual and secular leader of Tibet. In the same year, the Chinese army entered. In 1959, the invaders brutally suppressed the uprising of the Tibetan people, and the Dalai Lama fled into exile in India, where he lives to this day ...
Long a government-in-exile from Dharamsala, he stepped down in the meantime, but remains driven by the vision that one day he will give his people a life of their own in freedom, not through armed rebellion, but through non-violent resistance.
Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the 14th Dalai Lama is revered throughout the world, unlike any other leader since Mahatma Gandhi. However, China sees him as a "wolf in sheep's clothing", a separatist and an evil enemy of the state.
Tracks from the album Inner World
One of My Favorite Prayers
The net proceeds from sales of Inner World will go to the Gaden Phodrang Foundation of programs selected by the Dalai Lama (Switzerland): social, emotional and ethical learning (SEE Learning), the K-12 international educational program and part of the academic education. It is an institution of mind and life that combines science and contemplative wisdom to better understand the mind and create positive change in the world.