June 03, 2010
What does the dharma sound like? On the new CD Dhamma Gita: Music of Young Practitioners Inspired by The Dhamma producer Hanuman Goleman brings together original musical compositions by young practicing Buddhists. The album is a fruitful and original collaboration between those who have found musical inspiration in their meditation practice--though they do not consider themselves "Buddhist musicans" they do consider themselves "musicians who practice Buddhism." Each artist featured on the CD brings a distinct tone and voice to the compilation--some tracks are reminiscent of American folk music while others are closer to hip-hop--with songs ranging from "Hello Mister June Bug" by Lela Roy to "Lama Care for Me" by Monique Rhodes. Yet despite their different sounds, each song carries the thread of the dharma.
These musicians give voice to insights and powerful experiences during retreat and study. Their songs represent the depth to which Buddhist practice has been integrated into American society – this is a new generation of music that is not bound by any traditional forms or cultural limits. This album of modern Buddhist music represents the unique voice of a new generation of practitioners.
One strength of Buddhism has always been that its essence is adaptable, seamlessly integrating with native forms, practices and religions. Now, as it has blossomed in the West, Buddhism is morphing again.
Dhamma Gita is a refreshing and original album of thought provoking music rooted in Buddhist practice. But hey, don't just take my word for it, you can listen to sample tracks and order your copy of the CD here.