Chöza Bönmo-Song

Dedicated to Yongzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche and Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.


lyrics taken from:

Yongzin Lopön Tenzin Namkdak Rinpoche: Heart Essence of the Khandro. Experiental Instructions on Bönpo Dzogchen.


„Chöza Bönmo Song“ is a piece of music based on the „Prayer to Khandro Chöza Bönmo“ as I found it in the book „Heart Essence of the Khandro. Thirty Signs and Meanings from Women Lineage-Holders.“ by Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche (Triten Norbutse Monastery, 2012).

„Chöza Bönmo Song“ consists in 7 repetitions of the „Prayer to Khandro Chöza Bönmo“ that differ by their homophonic arrangement of the several voices and the interpretation of time given to every line of the prayer.
These repetitions are embedded in a sound environment which draw the inner and outer conditions Chöza Bönmo‘s transformation might have taken place in.

The instruments used are:

a tibetan singing bowl.
a bell which was given to me saying it was a tibetan ritual bell.
a souvenir-bell from a christian monastery.
a bell-like instrument in the shape of a heart.

All sounds, the „harmonic“ as well as the „disharmonic“ ones are either the original recordings of one of the instruments themselves or proceeded digitally (in Max MSP) from recordings of the four instruments and/or the voice.

The underlying harmonic principle of all derivated sounds is the equal division of the octave by 10, a harmonic principle which I found might have a certain healing effect to the listener.