A variety of sadhanas from the Vajrayana tradition, which have been passed down through a pure Tibetan Buddhist lineage, have been recorded in their authentic form by Lopon Osel. these Dharma teachings are sung by Lopon Osel and are accompanied by various musical instruments played in beautiful melodic arrangements.
Songful Dharma teachings such as these recordings are not to be regarded as “regular music” or inspired by “regular ideas”. the sadhanas are instead to be regarded as pure essence of blessing and are sung in order to invoke that power. Passed through the ages by authentic lineage masters of the tradition and bestowed to him, Lama Osel learned this form of sadhana in early childhood and has continued the practice throughout his lifetime.
Soon to be available for purchase on this website, Lama Osel and Welcoming Buddhist offer these wonderful compact disk recordings for everyone’s well being. What makes the recordings truly meaningful is the presentation in their original essence which are absent of any subsequent individual’s impure thought or personal interpretation.
These ancient “dharma singing” methods of the lineage masters are true to their enlightened source. It is increasingly important for these profound and powerful practices to not only be preserved, but to continue to be a living tradition for the benefit of the people of today and the future.
According to the masters’ tradition, when these melodies are heard they are said to directly benefit one’s mind by bringing inner peace. through the melodies and content of these “dharma songs”, one’s mind is redirected and returns to enlightenment.
The importance of this reorientation cannot be overestimated because the ordinary thinking mind is full of misunderstandings and delusions of all kinds. This delusional misunderstanding is called samsara.
Through listening to these pure sadhana melodies, one’s mind begins to turn away from samsara: this turning away, in the Buddhist tradition, is known as renunciation. One of the biggest misunderstandings of the samsaric mind is the belief that everything is permanent: this is the product of deluded thinking.
When these pure melodic songs are heard, one’s mind returns to its natural state which is pure perception and wisdom. We are reminded of impermanence. If listened to and practiced with sincerity and pure intention, these methods may lead to enlightenment in one lifetime, indeed this very lifetime.
The lineage preliminary practices, called Ngongdro sadhanas, will also be available as a recording on CD. For example, please consider one of the sections, these delightful concluding verses from “Calling the Lama from Afar” sadhana:
“There is no need to call from afar. There is no need to search nearby. all immeasurable phenomena are contained in mind beyond conception. In the nature of wisdom, there is not even the name of delusion.
Without doubt, one is free from suffering. this is the great profound ecstasy of evenness. Whatever phenomena arise are the display of Dharmakaya.I, a practitioner, receive this blessing, free from aims, in my heart. How supremely wondrous!”
Also in the works are CD companion sets which include printed versions of the sadhanas. As examples from Shantideva’s “Way of the Bodhisattva” (the Bodhicharyavatara):
“May a multitude of offerings,
Accompanied by music sweet to hear,
Be made in great successive clouds,
To soothe the pains of living beings.” (chapter 2, verse 20)
“With vast oceans of melodious praise,
I honor these oceans of good qualities.
May clouds of sweet and gentle praise
Ascend unceasingly before them.” (chapter 2, verse 23)
The Prayer of Calling the Lama From Afar – Part 1
Short Sadhana Nongdro – Part 2 Words are found in the Short Sadhana Preliminary Nongdro Practice
New Treasure of Dudjom Rinpoche Preliminary Practice Melody Words are found in the New Treasure Tradition
The Recitation for the Chenrezik Meditation Melody Words are found in the The Recitation for the Chenrezik Meditation.
Explanation from Kyabje. Penor Rinpoche’s Teaching on the Avalokiteshwara Practice
Any one whoever he or she prays single-mindedly the great compassionate one (Bodhisattva Avalokiteshwara) and chant Om Mani Padme Hum regularly, it has great benefit like achieving happiness while in the samsara temporarily and ultimately reborn in the pure realm of the great compassionate one with pure heart of bodhicitta (the generation of enlightened mind).
Therefore, one must try to recite Mani mantra as much as possible and abide by the karmic law of cause and effect as whatever we do either positive or negative actions there is the karmic law performing.
Because if you do perform a small positive action there is the fruit of happiness and if you commit a negative action there is also the result of suffering. It is very important to contemplate the nature of cause and effect and accordingly abide by performing positive actions and avoiding negative actions.
Especially one must avoid the negative emotions like anger, arrogance, etc., because once we arouse the five negative emotions, it is going to cause us unhappiness in this and also in the after lives.
These negative emotions are without any benefits and are always harmful. So, we must always be careful not to be influenced by them. We should deal with others – either they are family members or neighbors, whoever they are – bearing smile and speak with soft voice.
Whatever things we have in mind to do, we should not communicate aggressively but rather with natural born mind of enlightenment love and compassion. Particularly, the tantric teachings have great blessings. We should visualize ourselves the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshwara and recite the mantra.
If we practice whatever teachings in union with the deities’ mind, then the practice will be efficient and powerful. Please practice as I have said. Then, it is very important to devote again and again whatever merits and virtues we attain for the benefit of our parents sentient beings in the boundless space. Without devoting the merits, our practice will not be effective.
The devotion of the merits must be completed without any discriminating negative emotions of attachment towards relatives and anger towards enemies, without thinking that that is my enemy and this is my relative. One of the most important points is to love others as much as possible however others try to hurt us. therefore, we should avoid the negative emotions and keep peace of mind. when we have peace in our mind that is the tranquility of mind. Therefore, please be mindful.