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Gyuto Web Update…..June 2016
We have had a very busy, happy few months since our latest group of six monks arrived in March. Straight into it, they spent the first week in a school in SA then did WOMADELAIDE for 3 days, a Public Program over Easter in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria then similar programs in the warm and welcoming Bondi Beach Scout Hall, Sydney, NSW and the splendid Waterfront Pavilion, Hobart, Tasmania. During each of those 3 big programs we enjoyed amazing Sacred Music Concerts in collaboration with classical sacred music duo Kim Cunio and Heather Lee who feature on our latest CD ‘Beyond Karma’.
It was May before the new group of monks even reached our home base in Rosebank for the first time and since then they’ve been very busy responding to requests for Puja ceremonies, building Prayer Wheel Houses commissioned by individuals and, of course, chanting daily in our own beautiful modest gompa.
Now its back on the road again with a very busy month ahead –
We are off to the UK.
In 2013, the first visit of the world famous Dalai Lama’s Gyuto Monks of Tibet since 1971 caused a media storm in the UK. Signed to the biggest record label in the world, Universal Music/Decca and performing at Glastonbury. It was to be the forerunner of the Dalai Lama’s historic visit to this famous Festival last year and this month the Gyuto Monks return to Glastonbury once again.
It’s a short visit to the UK but jam packed. Plans include:
June 21 Chanting from the top of The Shard, London
June 22-26 Glastonbury Festival
Wednesday 22nd – 10pm Green Fields Opening Ceremony (Rehearsal 2pm)
Thursday 23rd – 4.30pm performance at Toad Hall Stage
Friday 24th – 2pm performance at Ancient Futures Stage
Saturday 25th – 2pm performance in Living Henge area (Green Futures Field)
– 6.30pm performance at Ancient Futures Stage
Sunday 26th – 2pm performance at Living Henge area
There will also be a performance at the Peace Garden
In addition days will be spent creating the Sand Mandala in the Craft Marquee in the Craft Field. Dissolution Ceremony for the Mandala is on Sunday.
July 4 Recovery Puja for Ballater (following the floods.) where the monks were welcomed in 2013 by the Ballater Inn, the local Pipe band, Crathie Church & Minister & Balmoral Castle.
July 5 Welcome to Aberdeen by the Lord Provost
July 7,8,9 Glasgow Contemporary Art Centre Public Program & Concert
July 12 Harmonic Chant Concert, RIGPA Centre, London.
The Gyuto Monks of Tibet are part way through a year long Australian Tour ‘Beyond Karma’, their 23rd annual visit to that country from their Himalayan home in exile in Dharamsala, Northern India and they’ have come a long way to pay this visit to the UK. Tour director, Maureen Fallon who was born in Scotland says ‘ I really wanted them to experience the Highlands as it is so very much like Tibet – when the last group came they saw the mountains, lochs, glens and deer and just took off, feeling at home again.’
Tantric masters of Tibetan Buddhist ritual and ceremony, the monks chant in a deep harmonic overtone, unique on the planet which has a visceral positive impact on the listener and has accorded them virtual rock star status around the world – a fact unrecognised and oblivious to them – to be in their presence is to experience pure love and acceptance without judgment and millions have benefitted.
Back in Australia: Further dates to put in your diary are:
July 21 – 24 Splendour in the Grass Music Fest., Byron Bay, NSW
Aug. 29 – Sept 2 Brisbane Conservatorium
September 9 -11 Tyalgum Music Festival
October 10 – 23 Fremantle Town Hall, WA
October 24 – 30 Toodjay Shire Hall, WA
November 4- 6 Clancy’s Dunsborough, WA
November 12 -21 Anglican Church, Gosford
More to follow……
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The sound of the monks chanting in our modest gompa has been described as the ‘voice of the angels’ in that the aim in building the great cathedrals of the world was to capture the resonant ‘other’ sound that seems to come with the purity of the chanting. Whatever it is, the recordings have been described as equal to the best attainable in a studio or concert hall. We have composer, musician, recording technician and all round genius to thank in Kim Cunio who has brought to life this collaboration between the monks, himself and soprano Heather Lee in a spine tingling album of sacred music honouring many different belief systems. Beyond Karma is made available via US record label New Earth Records, the company responsible for the earlier recording of the Gyuto Monks ‘Pure Sounds’ album which was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. They have been the most efficient, effective and all in delightful business to work with and we are grateful to them for their integrity and lightness of heart in creating this opportunity to bring the album to the world.