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ECHOES FROM PURELAND
The Gyuto Tantric University was first established in
1475 at Uto in Tibet and was subsequently shifted to Lhasa. In 1955, 90
Gyuto monks followed The 14th Dalai Lama into exile in India and
re-established the University at Anurachal Pradesh.
Understanding the Music
Sound is defined as a sensation detected by the ear caused by the
vibration of air surrounding it. When applied creatively, sound is
capable of motivating the mind. Scientific research has shown a link
between the drones (long, continuous, low humming sound) produced by
mantra chanting and the brain waves. The beta waves of the brain
represents "ordinary" consciousness and is shown to have disturbing and
irregular frequencies and vibration.
This is because our consciousness is always receiving many signals from
the outside world. With pro-meditation techniques, such as mantra
chanting, the irregular brain waves will gradually smooth out and attain
a very sedate and inactive state.
The drones' sound produced by the mantra chanting are the major healing
qualities of yoga meditation. Our bodies and ears react immediately to
the root tone of the dromes, while the overtones or harmonics subtly
work their magic on us, balancing our bodies' energy centres (chakras)
and the electromagnetic field (aura) around us.
*At the Gyuto Tantric University, a type of multi phonic chanting was
developed, in which each monk is able to sing a chord containing two or
three tones simultaneously. This is remarkable transcendentally
beautiful sound is believed to arised only from a person who has
realised selfless wisdom. This music which emanates from samadhi (a
trance like state of pure consciousness, undisturbed by the polarities
of life, experience and thought) is capable of communicating the same
effect to the listener.
The Gyuto monks make their first overseas public music
performance in 1998 at a concert for world peace at the Cathedral of St.
John The Divine in New York, together with music celebrities such as
Mickie Hart, Philip Glass and Kitaro. Since then, they have made several
performing visits to the US, Europe and Australia. The objective of
these performances is to encourage interest in Tibetan cultures.
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