Sunday, 14 September 2008

A candle in the wind

As today is the 15th of the lunar 8th month in chinese calendar (which is also the lantern festival), as we prayed to Guan Yin (Chenrezig), I played the "Inner Peace" a buddhist CD by Ani Choying Drolma. This is one of my favourite CD for buddhist chants because her voice is so soulful and calming. The 4 songs include:
- Namo Ratna Trayaya (the great compassion mantra)
- Om Amarani Jevan Teye Soha
- Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha (Green Tara mantra)
- Om Mani Padme Hum (Guanyin/Chenrezig mantra)

Ani Choying Dolma is a Buddhist
nun and musician from the Nagi Gompa nunnery in Nepal. She is known in Nepal and throughout the world for bringing many Tibetan Buddhist chants and feast songs to mainstream audiences. She was born in 1971 in Kathmandu, Nepal to Tibetan exiles. She decided at an early age to pursue monastic life, and was accepted into the Nagi Gompa nunnery at the age of 12. For a number of years, the monastary's resident chant master (who was trained directly by the wife of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche) taught Ani Choying the music that she is famous for performing. Ani Choying Dolma is an exceptional singer, admired by fans in Nepal and throughout the world. People are moved to tears by the plaintive purity of her voice, and the haunting melodies of her ancient songs and hymes, passed from master to pupil for many centuries. Ani Choying has always believed that nuns have a great desire and potential to make the world a better place, if only given equal opportunities.

"Instead of cursing the darkness, why not light a candle yourself? Never give up!” - Ani Choying Drolma

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