Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Music & Art’s all-time best seller: more than 18,000 copies sold worldwide has now been re-released. Portions of this recording were used in the National Geographic TV Special Tsangpo Gorges, and in the feature films Seven Years in Tibet and Chinese Box.
Allan Evans in Fanfare
An ample and well-written text details the purpose behind these ritual chants, among which a rare cycle is heard in its entirety. The remoteness of Tibet created and preserved a musical practice which is absolutely unique. For those familiar with Tibetan chanting, it will be a welcome offering to hear the chanting from this once-vital monastery. Once being the keyword, as the text underscores the genocide and destruction vented on the peaceful Tibetean nation by the occupying Chinese, a horrific tragedy which continues... The monastery, or better, its survivors, went into exile in India. Their sad story is told in the text.
Contains extensive liner notes by Tibetan scholar Glenn H. Mullin and Drepung Monk Damdul Namgyal.