Jetsunma

Jetsunma

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In her 4th CD, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo continues her odyssey across musical genres to deliver her timeless message of compassion. Jetsunma’s remarkable songwriting, earthy vocals and edgy beat have won her a following among people of all ages and musical tastes.

Biography

Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, the first Western woman to be formally recognized as Tibetan Buddhist master in 1988, is breaking new ground once again. A sampling of songs (called Trilogy) from her upcoming album A Lineage of Queens was named Editor’s Pick by cdbaby.com. on May 20, 2009. A Lineage of Queens is in production now!

This is the second time Jetsunma has been honored by the independent music website for her remarkable songwriting, earthy vocals and edgy beat that cuts across musical genres—from blues and electronica to jazz, funk and world music. The first time was when Jetsunma released her debut album Revolution of Compassion in 2007.

Jetsunma’s original music is more than stylistically innovative, however. It is profound. A Lineage of Queens and Jetsunma’s previous CDs (Revolution of Compassion, Delog and Ellinwood Ranch Blues) combine richly textured melodies with poetic lyrics empowered with teachings, sacred syllables (mantra) and prayers. These songs all resonate with a universal yearning for spiritual depth, meaning and awakening, but each album also has a particular focus and flavor.

A Lineage of Queens celebrates the divine feminine and is dedicated to uplifting and empowering the women of the world, especially those who have been oppressed. According to Jetsunma, the album is “a work of love for the spirit and heart of women--and men who believe in the equality of life.” Jetsunma calls A Lineage of Queens her offering, her prayer, her dream and her reminder that, as the Buddha taught, all beings—without exception—are equal in their nature and potential. “We are mothers of the World Tribe,” says Jetsunma. “We care for the way of LIFE. And all must benefit equally. My great hope is that we will rise together, see our true nature and offer our love and wisdom to all.”
Liberation by hearing: a wisdom tradition
It may seem unconventional for a Buddhist master to turn to the airways to spread her message of compassion and wisdom, but in fact, song is an integral part of the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition. Female wisdom beings or dakinis “always have the quality of voice—profound lyrics and sweet melody,” explained the late Ngagpa Yeshe Dorje, a revered teacher and master, also known as the Dalai Lama’s “weatherman.” He once taught that to hear a dakini’s voice is a great blessing because it brings one to the path of enlightenment. “This is what is meant as liberation by hearing,” he said.

When Ngagpa Yeshe Dorje first heard Jetsunma sing in 1992, he was delighted. “I have no doubt that Jetsunma is a dakini,” he said. He went on to explain that Jetsunma’s “captivating” voice could inspire people “to contemplate upon the vast, open nature of mind” and take them away from their cares and busy thoughts at least for a while.

A stellar band
On A Lineage of Queens Jetsunma is accompanied by talented and accomplished musicians. They include Wayne “Tex” Gabriel, John Lennon’s post-Beatles lead guitarist, who also performed/recorded with Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder; Jimmy Mack, former bass player for Sly and the Family Stone; and drummer Louis Winfield, who played with the Blues Brothers and just finished recording with Crystal Shawanda. Also supporting Jetsunma are Blinded by View musicians, including Tara Middleton, a remarkable young vocalist, and music engineer Yeshe Dorje.

The recording experience, which moved swiftly, had a striking impact on the musicians. “It was an incredible feeling… transcendent… hypnotic… like an altered state of consciousness,” said Gabriel. “I was so moved by what was happening that I had to leave the studio to re-focus before playing some more,” said Mack.

The Trilogy preview of A Lineage of Queens includes “The Promise,” “The Blessing,” “Phowa,” and “Manifestation.” The songs can be downloaded at www.cdbaby.com or www.jetsunmamusic.com. For more information about Jetsunma and her music, contact Tashi Taliaferro, 301-312-4509. Queries can also be sent to Jetsunma Music, P.O. Box 171, Boyds, MD 20841.

Lyrics

I Wanna

Written By: Jetsunma

I wanna change
I wanna change
The world
I wanna stop the pain
And make the people sing
I wanna bring
I wanna bring
The end of war
And set the people free
I wanna see
I wanna see
The end of lies
And hear the truth
As open as the sky

Chorus:
OM BENZAR SATO SAMAYA
MA NU PA LA YA
BENZAR SATO TE NO PA
TISH TRA DRI DHO ME BHA WA
SUTO KHAYO ME BHAWA
SUPO KHAYO ME BHAWA
ANU RAKTO ME BHAWA
SARWA SIDDHIM ME PRA YATTSHA
SARWA KARMA SU TSA ME
TSITTAM SHRI YAM KU RU HUNG
HA HA HA HA HO
BHAGAWAN SARWA TATHAGATA
BENZAR MA ME MUNTSA
BENZAR BHA WA MA HA
SAMAYA SATO AH

In the View, I confess all commitments broken through mental activity.
Knowing the View is the all-pervasive foundational Bodhicitta; realizing
that the View exists in non-existence, and practicing meditation that is
non-existent, realizing that activity is neither existent nor non-existent,
the Bodhicitta is without expectation or disappointment. All root and
auxiliary commitments, breaches and failure to uphold them, are unborn,
ungenerated, and liberated in the indivisibilty of the object to confess
and the confession itself.
OM BENZAR SATO HUNG

Chorus

Cut the Spell

Written By: Jetsunma

Well we can try to see through all the madness
We can try to know what must be done
We can try to move unbound with habits
We can try to see the changes come

See the way without confusion
Sound the tone of pure display
Start the song of sweet compassion
Feel the love this very day

Why when its so like a circle
Must we go round?
Why when it’s so filled with suffering
Must we go down?
And here are the Jewels, so precious
That have been found, yeah
And why in this time of auspiciousness
Should we be bound?

Chorus:
We can cut the spell
That heavy, heavy dream-like spell
Clear our minds with living light
That will take us through this night
Try to make it through this endless, long, dark night

Well, we will cut the spell of this commotion
We will break away from ego’s weight
And we will open up with pure devotion
And we will pass on through the Buddha’s gate

Clean it up with strength and power
Pass on through, don’t hesitate
Here it is the final hour
I have come to liberate
And why when our hearts fill with longing
Do we still cry?
Waiting for
the nectar and nourishment
We keep our pride
Holding our anger and jealousy
These things we hide
Sweet sound of freedom within us
Unveil our eyes

Chorus

Chandali's Bliss

Written By: Jetsunma

Come to this, come to this
Come to this place

GURU PEDMA
GURU PEDMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM NOED CHUD DED NAY NAM DAK PA
CHHOD PAI PHUNG PO LHUN GYIY DRUP
YE SHE GYU MAI ROL PA CHHE
GEG ZHED LU GAR DUK POE DANG
ME TOK MAR ME DRI CHHAB MA
ZHAL ZEY ROL MO LA SOG PA
CHHOD PAI CHAG GYA CHHEN POI TRIN
LONG CHED CHOD GI KHOR LO DI
CHHI ME TSHE YI LHA LA BUL
DE WA CHHEN POI LONG DU ZHEY
TSHE DANG YE SHEY CHHOG DRUP PAI
JA LU DOR JEI TSHE WANG TSEL

Chorus:
OM GURU VAJRA AYUR JNANA SA PA RI
WA RA VAJRA LAASYA HUNG

KYE!
OM VAJRA MALE TRAM
OM VAJRA GIRTI HRIH
OM VAJRA NIRTI AH
OM VAJRA DHUPE HUNG
OM VAJRA ALOKE HRIH
OM VAJRA GANDHE AH
OM VAJRA NIWIDYE HRIH
OM VAJRA SHAP DA HO

The universe and all beings,
Perfectly pure from primordial beginning,
Naturally perfect as the masses of offerings,
Are the great, illusory display of primordial
wisdom.
Beauty, laughter, song, dance, incense,
Flower, light, and perfume goddesses.
Food offerings, music and so forth.
The billowing cloud offerings of the
great gesture,
This mandala of great wealth,
I offer to the deity of deathless life.
Please enjoy in the expanse of great bliss.
Please grant the supreme accomplishments of life and
primordial wisdom,
And the long life empowerment of the rainbow vajra.

Chorus (repeats)

Discography

Revolution of Compassion - July 2007
Delog - September 2007
Ellinwood Ranch Blues - April 2008
Trilogy (EP) - April 17th