It is a very great honour that Sonam Dorjee, Gelek, Tenzin and Passang
agreed to create this album with me. It originally arose out of a desire of
mine to chant mantras together with Gyuto monks – those precious souls
who have devoted their whole lives to the practice. Their incredible voices
and the intense vibration they create, infused with such a deep immersion
into the holy sound, has always inspired and intrigued me.
Together we chose eight mantras that we felt to be most helpful in daily
comfortable for our Western ears, so that we would be able to remember
and pronounce the sacred sounds correctly.
Each track starts with an invocation by the monks themselves, and when
Sometimes the pace is quite fast and you will need to take a breath in
between. Don’t worry if you miss a round or two, just stay connected and
continue as and when you can.
I want to thank Kit Walker and David Darling for their beautiful musical
silence that the mantras carry.
A special thank you to Maureen Fallon and Sonam Rigzin, who have been
Gyuto Monks to the West. I extend my deep gratitude to them for their
help in birthing this project.
With love, Deva
(Sonam Dorjee, Passang Gyamtso, Gelek Gonpo, Tenzin Jigme):
Buddhism takes the view that the nature of everything in its most restful
state is the blissful union of wisdom and compassion.
This is symbolized in Tibetan tantric practice in the union of male and
Mantra is its sound. Therefore, reciting a mantra while concentrating on its
body and mind. This then enables pure consciousness to materialise. To
give shape and substance to such awareness, it is visualized as a tantric
deity, a metaphor for our Buddha Nature.
As the word ‘mantra’ suggests, it becomes a technology, or tool, that holds
affirmation is believed to cut through the vision of impure self-perception,
which is regarded as the root of all suffering. When this is not recognized,
as generally is the case, the stream of energy within our chakras becomes
polluted and clogged up. This manifests in the symptoms of psychological
and physical disorders.
The eight mantras offered here allow us to release all negative thoughts
OM MANI PADME HUM
OM BENZA SATTO HUNG
(chanted 108 times by Deva)
Om Benza Satto Hung is the short version of the 100 syllable mantra (chanted by the
OM BENZA SATVO SA MA YA MA NU PALA YA BHENZA SATTO TENO PA TISHTHA
ANURAKTO ME BHAWA SARVA SIDDHI ME PRAYACCHA SARVA KARMA SUTSA ME
TSITTAM SHREYANG KURU HUNG HA HA HA HA HO BHAGWAN SARVA
TATHAGATA BENZA MA ME MUCCHA BHENZE BHAWA MAHA SAMAYASATTVA
AH HUNG PHET.
Buddha of Purification within me, embodying all the Buddhas, please protect my
OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI SOHA
OM TARE TU TARE TURE MAMA AH YUH PUNE JANA PUTIM KURU SOHA
Long life and good health for oneself and others is sought through recitation of this
TEYATA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARA SAMGATE BODHI SOHA
The path that takes us to enlightenment comprises the six arts of perfection. This mantra
OM AH RA PA TSA NA DHI DHI DHI.....
The pinnacle of spiritual success is to achieve enlightenment. This depends on
TEYATA OM BEKANZE BEKANZE MAHA BEKANZE BEKANZE RADZA SAMUT GATE
OM ZAMBALA ZA LEN DRAH YEH SOHA
Without material comforts humans face difficulty in finding happiness, so this mantra
Wishing others to enjoy the benefit of one’s work is the way one’s spiritual practice
concludes in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
India; the Phowa Project; and Veggiyana.
Chanting: Deva Premal and The Gyuto Monks:
Sonam Dorjee, Passang Gyamtso, Gelek Gonpo, Tenzin Jigme
Recorded and mixed by Kamal Engels (Art of Audio)
Design: Brigitte Behr
Mantra notes translated by Sonam Rigzin
Produced by Deva Premal & Miten in collaboration with Gyuto House, Australia
A Prabhu Production