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The Dalai Lama's Monks visit the Gold Coast.
Ken Jacob and The Art of Mother Earth together with the Dalai Lama's Office proudly present the famed multiphonic singers of Tibet's Tashi Lhunpo Monastery on Friday 27th April at 7.30pm.
The Tashi Lhunpo Monks will perform their unique style of singing, the monks simultaneously intone three different notes. They will also play traditional Tibetan instruments such as 10-foot-long dung-chen horns, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling trumpets.
They will be accompanied by Tibetan musician and singer Tenzin Choegyal who will also perform traditional Tibetan folk music. Audiences will be moved by the composition of Tenzin Choegyal’s music and the risks he takes with rhythm and structure. Playing traditional Tibetan musical instruments and joined by the chanting monks, Tenzin draws on his traditional Tibetan roots to create music which expresses his thoroughly modern life. Since his world music debut in 1997 in Australia, Tenzin’s cantering rhythms, soaring vocals and flute have enchanted audiences around the globe.
"Tashi Lhunpo was founded by H.H. the 1st Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup, in 1447. It is one of the four great monasteries of Central Tibet which was supervised and looked after by the Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas and has the glory of producing thousands of renowned scholars in the field of Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy. After the invasion of Tibet in 1959, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was re-established at Bylakuppe in South India in 1972. The monastery has monks coming from Tibet and Himalayan regions like Spithi, Khunu, Ladakh, Ghashar and Sangkhar. At present there are over 250 monks including many Tulkus (reincarnate lamas). The monks have to go through a year intensive program of study of both sutra and tantra, debate, and are instructed in the creation of sand mandalas and butter sculpture, ritual performance, music, chanting, dance and basic literary skills in Tibetan and English. Each monk must also complete a two to three month meditation retreat for each of the principal deities and protectors, in order to qualify to perform their rituals. The cycle of retreats might take up to six years to complete.
The Tashi Lhunpo Monks will be performing on Friday 27th April at the Albert Waterways Community Centre, cnr Sunshine & Hooker Blvds, Broadbeach, (directly behind Pacific Fair next to the library) at 7.30pm - cost $20 + b/fee.
For enquiries and ticketing:
Telephone 0438 945 766
PO Box 411
Tel 07 5533 8960
Fax 07 5533 8961