Buddhist Song No 2 - With excellent rainments


by Jonathan Harvey

mezzo-soprano and piano
Neil Elliott (Translator)
Taken from Chapter 2 (verses 13,15,18,27,65) of the Kadampa Buddhist text Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life translated under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso by Neil Elliott
mezzo-soprano or soprano
Commissioned by the City of London Festival, with funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
First Performance
24.06.04: LSO St Luke's, London, Ailish Tynan/Simon Lepper

score on special sale from the Hire Library

Programme Notes
Buddhist Songs 1 & 2 These songs with piano are in a sense 'functional'; that is to say they are intended to embellish buddhist celebratory occasions, as and when needed. More will be written in due course, each one drawing on a translation of the classic ten-chapter poem, Bodhisattvacharyavatara - 'Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life' by Shantideva, who lived in India from 687 to 763. The English translation was made under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a Tibetan scholar and qualified Spiritual Guide. The first song explains the benefits of having a mind focused on bodhicitta, the aspiration to become a buddha with power to help all beings. The second song, through the act of making offerings, real and imagined, aims to purify negativity. Jonathan Harvey

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