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The Gyuto Monks of Tibet

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Listen, or download the audio as a mp3 podcast, of this radio program featuring the Gyuto monks of Tibet.

 

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The Gyuto monks are a 600-year old lineage of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism to which the Dalai Lama belongs. Regarded as masters of ritual, they follow the path of Tantra, a method for cultivating wisdom that involves intense meditation and visualization of specific deities or spiritual energies.

 

The monks also specialize in the deep-voiced harmonic chant that we’ll hear throughout the program.  Harmonic chant means that each monk is able to produce several notes at once over a three-octave range using a combination of fundamental notes and overtones, including some of the lowest notes ever recorded.

 

Grammy nominees in 2011, the Gyuto Monks of Tibet are regarded as one of the world’s music treasures, their sound is also more than music. It is sacred tantric practice which occurs whether they are in a temple, in concert or in a recording studio, as they are in this program.

 

The program includes the monks chanting Buddhist mantras and prayers alongside Australia’s finest sacred music duo - soprano Heather Lee and composer and musicologist Kim Cunio - singing traditional and newly composed music from Judaism and Christianity, found on their new album Beyond Karma.

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