The songs of the great yogi, Milarepa, have
been treasured and sung by Tibetans for eight centuries. They
express his own spiritual realizations and were sung to inspire
and teach others Buddhism's deepest insights in poetical form.
Geshe Ngawang Jinpa, also known as Khen Rinpoche,
learned these songs of Milarepa while he was a young man in Tibet.
The first song In Praise of Milarepa is a song that Khen
Rinpoche himself wrote. It tells of the deeds of Milarepa's life
and sings his praises. The remaining four songs were sung by
Milarepa centuries before and have been handed down by generations
A first attempt at making this CD was was
made in Rinpoche's living room in Darjeeling, India. The songs
were recorded on a small lapel-style microphone directly onto
a laptop computer. After finding a few problems, we decided to
record the CD all over again at Rhythm Digital Audio Station
in Darjeeling, India where it was recorded on November 23, 2003.
When Rinpoche heard the first version of the
CD that we made, he was overfilled with joy. It had been more
than four decades since he has heard these songs sung aloud.
We hope that you find them of some interest.
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