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From 779 A.D., when Buddhism became the state religion of Tibet, until 1959 -- when His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama was forced into exile -- the nation of Tibet was unique in the world for its unparalleled dedication to spiritual development. Its singularly beautiful music and art were inspired by, and intended to enhance, the practice of meditation. Great monastic universities ... Read more in Amazon's The Gyuto Monks of Tibet Store

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  • Audio CD (8 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00D4ABSCW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Yidam 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Tara Drolma 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Compassion Beat 7:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Renewal 6:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Invocation To The Buddhas And Bodhisattvas 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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Chants was produced by Youth who famously produced Dido, The Verve and U2. It combines the Gyuto Monks magical chanting with the finest Tibetan musicians with aim of transporting the listener to another world of tranquillity, peace and calm. It was recorded at the monastery in Dharamsala in the foothills of the Himalayas a two day journey from civilisation. Youth used a unique type of microphone to record the album called Binaural head mic; it produces a super-real 3D soundscape when heard through headphones.

About the Artist

The Gyuto monks were nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 (Best Traditional World Music Album) and count Richard Gere and Harrison Ford amongst their biggest fans.

The Gyuto Monks of Tibet were originally based in Lhasa, Tibet. However in 1950 the Chinese invaded Tibet & massacred 1000s monks. 59 of the Gyuto monks managed to escape across the Himalayas, with the Dalai Lame, into India and founded the monastery. There are now over 500 monks living there as refugees.

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Archie Grimwald on 20 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
A mixed bag this album. No denying the haunting appeal of Tibetan throat chanting albeit requiring a bit of a mixup to make it appeal to most western ears for an entire album. I can't help feeling that this addition of dance type beats and rhythmns is somewhat overplayed on occasions and less would be more if that makes any sense? The album is undeniably quite a dreamy, soothing affair and hard not to like if you are in any way a new age music fan. My main reservation with this concept is that it has all been (pretty much) done before by Enigma over twenty years ago when he experimented with American Indian, Gregorian chants and on occasions a strong eastern leaning. I own a lot of Enigma albums and the music here continually reminds me of his sound which I do find mildly annoying.Not a ground breaking moment of enlightenment to be found here but a quite nice relaxing sound for the headphones whilst laying sunbathing on an exotic beach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Berge on 20 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD
What a disappointment! The chants of the monks are completely secondary on this CD and on some tracks almost left out with only a few, faint occasional chants in the background. The entire CD reminds me of lounge music with lots of beats and synthesizer and an annoying female vocalist. I bought it because of the chants of the monks and not to listen to a female lounge singer. Save your money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for just an album of Buddhist chants then this won't be for you, this is a fusion of the Gyuto monks and more modern music with additional lyrics. It says in the inlay booklet about using headphones for this to experience the sound in 3D better, which I have done, but also just listening to this through speakers is soothing enough.

By fusing the old chants with more contemporary music and vocals creates something a little bit different, and obviously will have greater appeal to a larger audience. Before playing this I was initially unsure if this blending of styles would work, I know it has done before with Native American songs very well, but this seemed perhaps a bit too ambitious. Happily I was pleasantly surprised when I started listening to this; the blending of styles does work very well. Personally I found that listening to this was soothing and calming, but also quite invigorating, giving me a feeling of well being and increased vigour. I suffer with severe depression and am going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment, but I must admit that I found this helping to lift me. That is something to bear in mind if you have had a stressful day, as this may be just what you need to recharge your batteries, especially now the weather is much warmer and the trains are sweaty as well as cramped.

As I have noted above, this is a fusion of Buddhist chanting with a more contemporary approach as regards instrumentation and other vocals, creating something a little bit different. Reaching to a larger audience I can see this as possibly being quite a hit with a lot of people.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Juris Lavrikovs on 9 July 2013
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Just got this CD. Well, the monks' chants are almost lost with all the other beats and sounds. Nice idea to make their chants more accessible to Western ears, but I think its overdone to the level of loosing their incredible chants, I am slightly disappointed.
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I bought this expecting chanting monks. Im such an idiot for not reading all the reviews (which I usually do!). I agree completely with all the other 1 star reviews. a real mash up of what sounds at first like the start of a bad 1950s gothic horror movie (I didnt realise monks were all bass baritone) but quickly turned into nasty synthesiser style drums and guitar(?) and some woman doing a bit of clannad type stuff and just a total mess thats unpleasant to listen to and despite listening to it twice to try to be fair, it just got worse. I appreciate everyone has different ideas of whats relaxing (I personally adore whales but find whale song anyting but relaxing). I have a cd bought here called "Buddhist Chants and Peace Music (music for reflexion and relaxation from the far east)". Its not strictly monks chanting I guess, its a bit hard to describe, but its beautiful and the most relaxing sound Ive ever heard. There are only two tracks unfortunately and for me the first is the best, but they both have the same melodic, gentle, repetitive music and soft voiced singing that dont clash at any point (Im not a fan of dripping water, bird song, sea sounds etc as im so easily distracted). the singing is in an eastern dialect so although it is beautiful and enhances the music, it does not distract the mind the way a language I understand would. The sound is very traditional and If youre looking for something to meditate or relax to Id highly recommend it. Im afraid "chants" will be off to the charity shop asap
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Tibetan Buddhist Chanting at it's most impure. I don't see the point of overdubbing the oral perfection of highly disciplined monks with synthesizers.
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By jane churcher on 31 Mar. 2014
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I love this CD - it took me some time to fully appreciate it, but the tonal sounds are quite remarkable.
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By Mrs. Lorraine Cole on 18 Sept. 2013
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i love this i do my massages to this and similar music my clients like the peacfulness of this cd
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