lama-tenzin-webLama Tenzin – Music that moves the Heart. We are really happy that Lama Tenzin will be visiting Gomde Scotland for the first time. Lama Tenzin will give us the opportunity to experience the magic of his beautiful voice during two concerts. These are part of his project to support his monastery in Nepal, as told his friends: “My deepest wish is to be able to cover the expenses for the food of all the monks in our monastery, and to contribute to their health care and education!

This is how the Lhak-Sam project came into being and consequently two CDs were produced, “Voice of Lama” and “Buddha within yourself”, followed by numerous concerts. Lhak-Sam is the Tibetan word for altruism or kind heart. Lama Tenzin’s devotional chants of Buddhist mantras and prayers are a powerful expression of the rich legacy of intact Buddhist transmissions, centuries old and yet carefully preserved within the daily rituals at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The monastry, home to 250 monks, is under the care of its abbot Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. Having grown up in this monastery himself, Lama Tenzin knows intimately about the difficult struggle to make ends meet, in order to provide a caring and supportive environment for the monks. It is an immense financial challenge for the monastery to be able to provide for the monks to flourish spiritually, receive a good education and to remain healthy, since the monastery does not generate its own income and fully relies on donations. How wonderful to help Lama Tenzin’s dream come true – to relieve the financial burden – so as to enable the monks to focus fully on upholding the precious Dharma!

Lama Tenzin was born in the Tingri district of Tibet in 1967. At the age of nine, he fled from Tibet to Nepal where he received ordination as a monk at the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. After completing his monastic education, he undertook a traditional three year intensive retreat. Due to his deep and exceptionally touching bass voice, Lama Tenzin was honored for many years to hold the position of the monastery’s Chief Chant Master, or umdzé in Tibetan.

At the request of the abbott Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche to share his knowledge and experiences with students in the West, Lama Tenzin has in the past years tirelessly traveled the world, offering instructions in Buddhist philosophy and guidance in meditation and ritual practices to all those interested. Since 2005, he is serving as resident lama at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Germany-Austria, International Centre for Buddhist studies and meditation.

Inspired by his wish to financially support the monks living in Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastry, Lama Tenzin is putting great efforts to raise income for his project through his chants. He has recorded two CDs jointly with Western musicians and more recordings are planned. In the concerts he is giving all over the world, he has been touching thousands of people with his voice.