Bokar Rimpoche

Sacred Chants and Tibetan Rituals from the Monastery of Mirik(Sub Rosa 2008)

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but I am currently up to my elbows in 320 pages of poorly written research papers. Grades are due tomorrow and time has been scarce. I’ll be back to my usual scattershot self by next week. In the meantime, here is a hypnotic coundtrack to Guy Maezelle’s documentary Bokar Rimpoche: Meditation Master. I haven’t seen the film, but it tells the story of Bokar Rimpoche, close friend of the Dali Lama, who devoted his life to meditation in the mountains of Tibet. The music is alternately soothing and terrifying. Calming moans build in intensity as additional voices enter the fray. The cumulative effect is like having dozens of voices speaking to you at once while apocalyptic blurts emanate from some undetermined horn. Some of it reminds me of Tuvan throat singing, other parts rely solely on Rimpoche’s soothing voice reciting his teachings on meditation. Despite its msytical origins, I have crassly used it as aural wallpaper to help me cope with poor grammar, half-baked thesis statements and colorful slang.