Sweet Melody of Joyful Aspiration
A firm heart plays the Dharma instrument;
Elegant music blooms a joyous lotus wish.
Verdant trees spread fragrant sounds;
Leaves like notes sing of dignified visions.
Cool snow falls like healing laughter;
Light of Sun and Moon erode the dark.
White lotus is held in blessed days;
The fair Dharma eyes distinguish Buddhists.
Study sutras and play in lotus lake;
Wisdom brings honey sounds and dews of knowledge.
Cool and joyous is the vast Pure Land;
Benevolent moon shelters and makes the flowers rejoice.
Fortune and wisdom bring the pearl rain;
Nourish the virtue field to grow peaceful buds.
~ by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
The Celestial Blessing
For eight days beginning at midnight of December 28, 1999, while most of the world was welcoming the new millennium, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa was fleeing his homeland across the roof of the world and over Nepal's frozen passes. On a journey fraught with risk and danger, one starry night at 5000 meters the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa heard the Divine Mother singing. The celestial melody soothed and emboldened his heart during the cold, silent journey.
After his successful flight to India, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa retained this melody despite the strange environment and the chaos of the world's attention to his journey. The melody was written out in musical notation, and. the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa wrote a seven-stanza poem in Tibetan to accompany it. "Joyful Aspiration" is the central theme of this album, and the accompanying poem express it's fundamental spirit.
This album is conceived and produced to bring hope to the world. In these Tibetan melodies, the voice of an ancient soul sings through a young body and mind, and expresses the movement and energy of life itself.
The first melody "Affirmation" is the "celestial sound" the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa heard on the journey from Tibet. In this composition, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa hopes to present the grandeur and eternity of life's wisdom with the undulating power of waves surging from the depths of ocean. Following traditional Tibetan arrangement, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa's original melody is repeated seven times, so that listeners can repeatedly chant the seven-stanza poem "Joyful Aspiration", cultivating a lucid mind to discover the depths of inner truth.
The second arrangement of "Joyful Aspiration" is the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa himself chanting the seven-stanza poem. With elegant background music, his voice chants out the peace of the "pure land." The mystical depth of his voice echoes the progenitive vibration of the universe.
Affirmation : Melody composed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
Sweet Melody of Joyful Aspiration : Tibetan lyrics & chanting by the 17th Gyalwnag Karmapa