Khechog takes listeners on a musical pilgrimage into
the experience of compassion through music. Nine original
compositions meld the ancient ritual sounds of Nawang's
Tibetan homeland with traditions from across the globe
to invoke within us the uplifting power of Universal
flute on all songs; Tibetan long horn (doongchen) and
overtone chanting; universal horn (invented by Nawang
Khechog); Aboriginal didgeridoo; African drums and kalimba;
Mayan ocarinas Native American drum; and chants of universal
love by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and others.
by Nawang Khechog.
want to dedicate this album, "Universal Love,"
to my father, YANGLUK, who today lives in Orissa, Chandragiri,
India. I salute him and am forever grateful for his
courage, determination, hardship, and kindness to bring
our family and me into freedom. Because of my brave
and kind father, who brought me into freedom, I feel
I have been able to experience many wonderful and meaningful
journeys, including this journey of "Universal
Love." Nawang Khechog.
THE CONCEPT OF THE ALBUM
spiritual practitioners in Tibet, one of the highest
aspirations is to cultivate the heart of universal love‹to
become one who loves all sentient beings unconditionally.
Thus, the measure of whether someone has cultivated
universal love is illustrated in the classical Tibetan
story of the mother who has only one child ("Buckikpe
maa tar") and shows how much she would love and
give care to her only beloved child. Yes, this is a
tall order and, in my case, I am far from actualizing
this wonder and magnificence. Perhaps I can say that
I have been inspired by this highest aspiration a tiny
bit since my early years due to the kindness of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's living inspiration and his
teachings on the Tibetan spiritual culture of universal
love. This inspiration gives me some sense of meaning,
purpose, and direction, and helps me to channel my anger
not to hate anyone, channel my temptations not to become
overwhelmed by lust and greed, and channel my heart
to try to love all and everyone. So, I often wonder
if, even given a million years to do this, I can cultivate
this universal love in my heart. That would be the beginning
of the highest journey and meaning of my life. ‹Nawang
ESSENTIAL TRANSLATIONS OF THE TIBETAN LYRICS
2 Universal Love
This is an eighth-century prayer of universal love and
compassion that was chanted by His Holiness the Dalai
Lama and thousands of high lamas, hermits, monks, nuns,
and lay people at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's temple,
in Dharamsala, India. I was one of the fortunate participants
of this very emotional and inspiring event. Here is
the essence of that prayer: May I become a servant when
there is a need to serve others. May I become a bridge
and ship when there is a need for crossing. May I become
food, drink, medicine, doctor, and nurse, when there
is famine and disease. May I become the source of life,
like the earth and other elements, and serve all those
infinite beings until they go beyond conditions and
suffering and find lasting freedom and happiness.
Track 7 Four Immeasurable Kindnesses
May all beings find equanimity, free of hatred and attachment.
May all beings be free from suffering and the cause
May all beings find happiness and the cause of happiness.
May all beings never be separated from the supreme happiness,
free of all sufferings.
9 Tibetan Freedom Chant
His Holiness the Dalai Lama composed this prayer in
the 1960s as soon as we Tibetans came into exile. This
is an essential excerpt from the prayer: We should feel
only compassion toward those who inflict harm upon one's
self and others due to being overwhelmed by afflictive
emotion. May they find wisdom to see what is right and
what is wrong. May they learn to live in harmony by
loving one another. Through the power of truth and great
compassion of the awakened ones, may soon the suffering
and the stream of tears come to an end to the people
from the land of snow.
Khechog, Sangye and Tenzin, Sonam Dolma, Kalsang Dolma,
Pema, Lobsang Yiknyin, James R. Meccrea, Tami Simon,
Kitaro, Lin Martin, Matt Licata, Steve Rush, Karen Polaski,
Andrew Young, Beverly Yates, and all the great people
at Sounds True; James Tuttle, David Glasser, Ann Blonston,
Micky Houlihan, Fara Tolno, Deborah Schmit-Lobis, and
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's private secretary office
(Kasur Tenzin Geyche and Dr. Thupten Jinpa).
written, arranged, and produced by Nawang Khechog. Recorded
at Tibet Universal Studio and the Sounds True Studio.
Engineered by Nawang Khechog and Steve Rush. Mixed at
Airshow by James Tuttle. Mastered at Airshow by David
Glasser. Package design by Karen Polaski at Sounds True.
Front cover artist photo by Lin Martin. Back cover and
insert artist photo by James R. McCrea. All other photos
by Nawang Khechog. All vocal, chant, instrumental, and
percussion performances by Nawang Khechog except for
the African drums on songs 4, 5, and 9 by Fara Tolno,
and accompanied by his friend Ricardo Gonzalez; and
keyboards on songs 1, 6, and 8 by Deborah Schmit-Lobis.