Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing

Nyen-sen: Invocation of the Forces of Goodness

In a tapestry of instrumental and vocal sounds, the monks invoke creative awareness within themselves and the audience. They enhance the spirit of goodness in the environment as a prelude to the performance of Sacred Music Sacred Dance.

Tong-nyi Nga-ro: Sounds of the Void

In the multiphonic tradition, combining both jok-kay and bar-da styles, the monks intone a song of wisdom, reflecting the point at which the ultimate and conventional realities merge, and pointing out the nature of the Great Void.

Sha-nak Gar-cham: Dance of the Black Hat Masters

This ancient dance for the elimination of negative energies and hindrances is in the style known as drak-po, or "wrathful." The implements held by the dancers symbolize the transcendence of false ego-identification on the outer (the environment), inner (the emotions), and the secret (the subtle body-mind link) levels. Their movements symbolize the joy and freedom of seeing reality in its nakedness.

Tak-tsey Tong-ya: Intense Encounters of the Third Degree

A demonstration of the tradition of Tibetan monastic inquiry. Two monks engage one another in a process leading to the deeper levels and implications of spiritual experience, thus enhancing the mind of enlightenment.

Kha-dro Ten-shug Gar-cham: Dance of the Celestial Spirits

Five dancers, symbolizing the five elements and five wisdoms, together with three musicians, invoke the sounds and movements of the Celestial Travelers, the mystical beings from another world whose blessings strengthen the forces of life and light. These beings visit our world in times of stress and danger, bringing with them the creative energy that inspires harmony and peace.

Man-del: Purifying the Universe

As they sing in the multiphonic style typical of Drepung Loseling's dominant role at the annual Monlam Chenmo Festival, the monks create a world as seen through the eyes of inner perfection. This is sent forth as an offering for world healing and is symbolized by the raising of a silver base on which mounds of rice are poured in a geometric pattern.

Yak-cham: The Yak Dance

When the human world enters into a mode of balanced and wholesome living, all life forms rejoice, including those of the animal kingdom. This is here represented by the ecstatic dance of the yak, the animal unique to Central Asia and symbolic of the Tibetan spirit of rugged strength and playfulness.

Dak-zin Tsar-chod: A Melody to Sever the Ego Syndrome

Descending in a lineage from Pa-dam-pa Sang-gay and the eleventh-century female mystic Ma-chik Lab-don, this tradition of meditative music is considered amongst the most hauntingly beautiful to emanate from the Land of Snows. Its purpose is to release the mind from the ego-clinging habit.

Dur-dak Gar-cham: Dance of the Skeleton Lords

To remind the world of the ephemeral nature of all things, and of the liberating and balancing impact of an awareness of this reality, two monks appear as the forces of goodness manifest as Cemetary Lords. These are Dharmapala, or "Protectors of Truth," with the message to point the mind toward authentic being.

Ten-trul Yul-tru: Purifying the Environment and Its Inhabitants

Chanting in the multiphonic tradition, the monks hold up a mirror and draw into it the reflection of the world and its living beings. They then purify these through sound and meditation, as symbolized by the act of pouring waters from a sacred wisdom vase over the mirror. Traditionallv this piece was performed whenever an environmental, social or individual healing was required.

Seng-geh Gar-cham: The Snow Lion Dance

In Tibet the snow lion symbolized the fearless and elegant quality of the enlightened mind. When a healthy and harmonious environment is established by the creative activities of human beings, such as through the performance of sacred purification and healing music, all living beings, here represented by the snow lion, rejoice.

Sang-tsol Zhi-jo: Incense Offering & Auspicious Song for World Peace

The monks send forth the smoke of incense, which the wind carries into the ten directions as a subliminal force invoking peace, harmony and the ways of creative living.


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