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Sina Vodjani - Karmapa, Secret Of The Crystal Mountain (1996)

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This production was the first in the Buddhist series and the start of a major success story. Sometimes gentle, sometimes powerful, and extremely musical, Sina Vodjani's sounds cradle the prayers of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. The music was not simply added to these old recordings of the deeply spiritual voice of His Holiness (he died in 1981); both elements were combined to become integral parts of fascinating compositions, and the tonal web, made up of vocal sections, and Asian, modern Western and natural instruments, keeps providing surprising turns in the musical development. This includes the chants by Geshe Thubten Ngawang and Dagmar Ruthenberg, which reach out and touch body, mind and soul.


Artist: Sina Vodjani
Vodjani was born in 1954 in Isfahan, Iran, and nowadays works from his OM Studio in Hamburg, Germany. His first album Karmapa was released in 1996 under the name Sijano Vodjani and was co-produced by Oliver Shanti. This album features samples of prayers spoken by the 16th …

Miraculous Activity of His Holiness Karmapa

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The following account was written in 1996 at Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet by Ward Holmes, a student of His Holiness Karmapa.
"I was leading a group overland from Kathmandu to Tibet, returning to Tsurphu Monastery on May 3, 1996. At that time, I found His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, looking radiant and wonderful. After receiving His Holiness's blessing, the tour group went to visit the Venerable Drupon Dechen Rinpoche, the head lama responsible for rebuilding the whole of Tsurphu Monastery over the last ten years, as it had been completely destroyed in the cultural revolution.
"Rinpoche proceeded to tell us of the miraculous events that took place in Tsurphu with His Holiness this winter. On the twelfth day of the first Tibetan month (Friday, March 1, 1996), His Holiness set out with sixteen monks on the longest, most difficult of the circumambulation treks at Tsurphu called the Tse-Khor. There are three main kora walks and this is by far the mos…