Tibetan Buddhist Mantras

The term mantra is a Sanskrit word, which probably means protect (tra) the mind (man).

A Mantra, (which I culled from various definitions on the web) is a sacred sound, syllable, word or verse that is considered capable of “creating transformation” in the spiritual sense.  It is comparable to a prayer or incantation in other religions. The use of mantras originated in the Vedic period of India, and spread to countries such as China and Japan. A few other religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism also make use of mantras.

Mantras are especially practiced in Tibetan Buddhism where they are associated with particular deities and are repeatedly used as part of their meditation.

So this week, I would like to introduce my dear friend, Dechen Shak-Dagsay as my guest blogger.  A bit of background from her website: http://www.dechen-shak.com/biography.html

Dechen is a Tibetan who has spent most of her life in Switzerland. “When her father Dagsay Rinpoche wrote his book “Practice of Tibetan Meditation” he suggested that Dechen should sing the Mantras that he was explaining in his book. These Mantras were captured on her Debut Album “Dewa Che, Universal Healing Power of Tibetan Mantras” and surprised everybody with its great success.

Her second album “Shi De, A call for World peace” followed in 2002 and at the end of 2004 her third album “Dcham Sem, inner peace through the Power of Compassion” was released. The fourth album (2007) called “Tara Devi, Inner Journey toward ultimate Happiness” was awarded “Best Devotional album” by the Tibetan Community and that same year, her debut album “Dewa Che” was given Gold Status for Switzerland.  In 2009, an album with American singer Tina Turner called “Beyond” and featured with Regula Curti and this year saw the release of “Jewel”.

I asked Dechen what it meant for her to sing these ancient Tibetan Mantras.  Here is her response:

Dear Latana,

It is an honor for me to write this blog on your page. Although we don’t see each other so often you have become very special to me. We both have our social projects that bring us so much fulfillment and both of us are gifted with a talent that allows us to reach out to the people. You do it with your amazing Photography and Art; I do it with my voice.

Singing the ancient Tibetan Mantras for the modern hectic world has become my calling. On my newest album “JEWEL” my producer Helge van Dyk and myself created a unique sound to enhance the beauty of the Mantras. People call the music on “JEWEL,” totally enchanting, powerful and pure. They also find it beautifully arranged.

We have really succeeded in creating a catchy sound that touches people’s heart at the deepest level. To me chanting or singing these mantras means so much as it has an enormous power to bring peace into my mind.

We believe that the chanting of a Mantra unfolds a special blessing, that can protect your mind and body from negative energies. What makes them so precious is the fact, that the mantras are said to protect every being regardless whether you are a Buddhist or not.  A Mantra does not discriminate. It unfolds it’s special power to everybody.

With my kindest wishes,

Dechen Shak-Dagsay

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~ by latanaphotography on December 14, 2010.

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