Guru Yoga CD
- Artist: Intrinsic Sky Sound System
- Format: CD
- Release Date:5/20/2008
The impetus for the Guru Yoga CD came from Penor Rinpoche saying something to the effect that a CD release was a good way to raise money for charitable endeavors. He also said that the US would benefit from people becoming more familiar with Dharma. Mixing live sound for his annual summer retreat in upstate New York, we had heard amazing music from old Tibet and beyond, so, it seemed obvious to record and preserve such sounds. When it came to the actual recording, after a period of waiting we were told 'Rinpoche will come to the temple in 30 minutes to record the CD'. We scurried about setting up mics for monks and instruments and all kinds of stuff expecting the ancient wisdom chants and trance rhythms melded with enlightened Sun Ra free jazz we had been hearing. Instead, Rinpoche came with one attendant and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso to translate. He sat, not on his seat but at the front of the stage. We threw the best mic we had (a Shure 58) in front of him, dumped too much compression on the channel and hoped for the best. He chanted for 40 minutes, not the mystical melodies and rich vocal call and response we had heard but, his daily Guru Yoga practice. He chanted the practice uninterrupted, added some additional mantras, then stopped and said, 'now you put music to this' The point we finally realized is that Guru Yoga is the most valuable thing he has to offer. Most valuable, because it can lead to the wisdom already in the palm of our own hand. Many were expecting the cheesy New Age music that accompanies most Tibetan chanting CDs, but, who listens to that? With the goal being to save the world and enlighten all beings and, with Goa Trance was in it's first big surge, it seemed logical to make trance music with real spiritual power. Look up who Penor Rinpoche is, we can't begin to describe him here. Suffice it to say, his voice can open chakaras big time. Anyone who does yoga or, has any interest in Buddhism, as well as all you beat heads, will find this interesting. This is Trance to rearrange the fabric of time and end suffering. Ancient wisdom music for the future now over global grooves. We spent a year modeling the CD and got his approval. We spent a year finishing the CD, got his blessing and released it a week before 9/11 (who knew?). This is still the only recording available of Rinpoche's chanting. Individual mantras are indexed to loop in repeat single play. We decided because of the deep spiritual content of the CD to not promote as usual but, mostly, to give it away where appropriate. Now, we are in the second run and here on CD Baby. All profit from this CD goes to Penor Rinpoche and his charitable endeavors.