Tashi Lhunpo Monks

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Founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, Tashi Lhunpo is one of the four great monasteries of the Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat) tradition, and is renowned for its scholarship in Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy and the Tantric tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 and the Cultural Revolution from 1966-80 wreaked destruction on the great monastic institutions, including Tashi Lhunpo, which lost many of the precious scriptures, statues and images. Of the 6,000 monks in the monastery, only 250 were able to follow the Dalai Lama into exile, and in 1972, under the patronage of the present Dalai Lama, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was re-established in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka.

Occupying a central position in the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, the monastery is now home to 300 monks, and has once again regained its reputation as an important centre for learning and for the preservation of the culture and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Time of the Skeleton Lords is the fourth album from the monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and their second 30IPS release following 2008's Dawn Till Dusk, which was lauded by the Rough Guide to World Music as "Exhilarating multi-layered rhythmic recitation of chants: a shimmering monument of polyphonic sonority." The new album was recorded on location in India, and features sacred Tibetan prayers and ritual music marking the great cycle of life, death and rebirth – the journey of the consciousness through the Bardo, according to Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

“Beautiful and captivating”
Songlines
“A timely release”
Observer Music Monthly
“A psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums and cymbals”
The Times
“A magical universe of reincarnation and release”
The Independent

Releases

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Wisdom & Insight (2012)

From the 1st to the 14th Dalai Lama - prayers of praise to Lama Tsongkhapa and the great teachers of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Tashi Lhunpo Monks' new album Wisdom & Insight is released to commemorate the 40th anniversary since the founding of their exile Monastery and to raise awareness for a fundraising campaign to undertake the construction of a new temple at Tashi Lhunpo which is hoped will ultimately accommodate a community of 1500 monks.

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Time of the Skeleton Lords (2010)

Time of the Skeleton Lords is the fourth album from the monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and follows their 2008 release on 30 IPS Dawn Till Dusk which was lauded by the Rough Guide to World Music as “Exhilarating multi-layered rhythmic recitation of chants: a shimmering monument of polyphonic sonority.” The new album was recorded on location in Bylakuppe, southern India, and, according to Tibetan Buddhist traditions, follows the journey of the consciousness through the Bardo - an intermediate period between death and rebirth, during which the effects of causality and karma accumulated in previous lives influence the direction of the future recarnations. The Tashi Lhunpo Monks return to Europe during Summer/Autumn 2010 with appearances including a residency at the Edinburgh Fringe festival during August 2010 and a concert at The Royal Opera House, London on 5th September as part of the Deloitte IGNITE Festival.

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Dawn Till Dusk (2008)

Founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is renowned for its scholarship in Mahayana Buddhist philosophy and the Tantric tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 and the Cultural Revolution from 1966–80 wreaked destruction on many monastic institutions, and of the 6,000 monks in the monastery, only 250 were able to follow the Dalai Lama into exile. In 1972, under the patronage of the present Dalai Lama, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was re-established in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Dawn till Dusk was recorded on location in Tashi Lhunpo's prayer hall in Bylakuppe, and features many previously unrecorded chants and mantras from the monastery's rich heritage, passed down over the centuries through generations of Tantric masters.