Dalai Lama celebrates 85th birthday with mantra album


(Reuters) – The Dalai Lama made an offer for the celebrity on the music charts on Monday, his 85th birthday, with the release of an album of mantras and teachings.

FILE PHOTO: The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, speaks with journalists in Geneva, Switzerland, March 11, 2016. REUTERS / Denis Balibouse / File Photo

“Inner World” begins with the song “One Of My Favorite Prayers” and continues with the Tibetan spiritual leader in exile reciting meditations and words accompanied by music.

The record came when musician Junelle Kunin, a student of the Dalai Lama of New Zealand, contacted him in 2015 with the idea – and to his surprise, he said yes.

“I thought I should try to convince him,” she told Reuters in an interview from her home in Auckland.

“This time of the recording, my God, I was shaking like a leaf before entering it,” she said.

Kunin made the first recordings at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, India.

Back home, she worked with her husband Abraham and other musicians to produce music for the songs.

“It is an incredible honor. But it was incredible, intimidating like trust and responsibility. It’s huge, ”said Abraham Kunin.

On a promotional video for the album, when asked why he agreed to participate, the Dalai Lama replied, “The very purpose of my life is to serve as much as I can. ”

The release comes five years after Patti Smith led the crowd at the British Glastonbury Festival, singing Happy Birthday to her on her 80th birthday.

Sarah Mills report; Writing by Andrew Heavens; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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