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  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inner Peace Music
  • ASIN: B0000508CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Ancient Tibetan Buddhist chants combined with modern grooves, making them accessible and way more listenable than any Buddhist chants you've ever heard. Steven arranged and plays keyboards, bass and guitar. Traditional versions are also included. Enjoyed by Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike; sing along or just listen to feel the healing. Lama Surya Das is a leading American Buddhist meditation teacher and bestselling author. Factoid: they went to the same high school and college in New York, but never met until 2000.

Customer Reviews

This is a CD of Lama Surya Das chanting in Tibetan over Steve Halpern's beats.
Donald Kevin Dunn
The urban groove chants do have a certain cool feel to them and after giving them a few listens, I've grown to really like them for mood music or even freestyle dance.
William H. Kelsey
Stephen Halpern brings to the table his unique style of "healing sound" for us.
Swing King

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy J. dePrisco on January 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As both a musician (mindspeak.com) and a meditating Buddhist, I found many things disturbing about this recording. From the musician side, the drum machine was a complete turn-off, as was the "Third Stone from the Sun" Jimi Hendrix guitar lick that was mixed in to the first song. The trendy production style on this recording does not do the chants justice. Listeners who aren't familiar with the true beauty of these chants could mistake this New Age treatment for the real thing, which would be unfortunate. The mechanical drum machine sounds provide only Nintendo-like accompaniment, and detract so much from the music. The voice is not heart-felt. The liner notes indicate that both Lama Surya Das and Halpern were college-mates without knowing it, but this collaboration sounds like the direct result of tripping at a late-night pot-smoking party. This is one of few CDs I own that will probably find its way to the used CD store.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Swing King on March 4, 2004
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Track 3 (Female Buddha Tara's Mantra) and 4 (Seven Line Prayer) are my absolute favorites on this unusual & unique CD. Sure it's a bit different from the common sounds we might be accustomed to hearing in the category we are obviously pursuing here: Buddhist chants and music. But different isn't bad. Not that tradition is not good to stick to, but occasionally it is nice to hear a bright and new example of these ancient chants. I personally found this entire CD to be a terrific companion to meditation at times, and the opening track "Jewel and the Lotus Sutra" has such a wonderful rhythm to it. I mean, I don't recommend listening to music every time you sit down to meditate, but occasionally it's a nice and calming experience to be had. So here is one reviewer who is kind of amazed by all of the bad reviews this CD is getting. This CD has a "healing" effect in some senses, a trait commonly associated with mantras and Tibetan lamas. Stephen Halpern brings to the table his unique style of "healing sound" for us. Sure it has a hip-hop feel, but it's done extremely well! I hope you enjoy it and are willing to give this a try.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bostonian in Portland ME on May 28, 2005
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This is a great cd to listen to in the car on the way to or from work or any other stressful engagement requiring chill time. Ok its got an American twist and yes Lama Surya Das is after all an American Lama. He's a gift to us all in the land of SUV's, faster cheaper better and Super sized everything.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CC on December 13, 2001
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I am a professional musician and found this CD to be really great listening as well as useful for spiritual practice. It's wonderful that these traditional chants are brought into more contemporary musical form, making them more accessible for today's listeners. I highly recommend this CD for those with an avid spiritual practice as well as those just looking for something a little different to listen to. Great chanting, great tunes. Bravo Steven Halpern and Lama Surya Das!! Can't wait for more....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2000
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This formula works: Traditional Tibetan (Nyingma) Buddhist mantras/chants delivered via the "sound-healing" music of Steven Halpern.
Whether you're a long-time dharma practitioner, a novice, or a non-Buddhist -- it doesn't matter. Anyone can profit from this CD. Turn down the lights, fire up a candle and some incense, sit down, straighten your spine and breath with the rhythm. Forget your grocery list and the things you did or didn't do at work. Sing along, hum or just listen. And if you find you really like this one and just can't get enough, try out a similar CD by another Nyingma chantmaster: Kirby Shelstad's "Dewachen."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Brown on August 9, 2007
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I like this CD and I listen to it all the time. The background instruments, including the drum, do not bother me. I like the musicality of the chanting. I like Lama Surya Das' voice; it's nice and resonant in deep notes and sweet in the higher notes. It's not like some chanting I've heard that sounds like the people have chanted it a gazillion times and are totally bored with it. Sometimes the attempts at spontaneity don't work entirely well, but overall it's my current favorite CD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald Kevin Dunn on August 22, 2005
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This is a CD of Lama Surya Das chanting in Tibetan over Steve Halpern's beats. Don't know what to say except that if you like this kind of thing, this is an excellent CD. I have listened to it many times at home and in the car. It will put you int a meditative state listening and singing along to the chants. Love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William H. Kelsey on July 17, 2008
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The urban groove chants do have a certain cool feel to them and after giving them a few listens, I've grown to really like them for mood music or even freestyle dance. The chants that are set to either the ambient music or are alone are very beautiful (the chanter has a gorgeous, deeply spiritual voice and intones well) and can be used to chant along with or to simply listen as one enters a deep meditation. I really love the writings of Lama Surya Das (nee Jeffery Miller) who writes about Tibetan Buddhism for a mostly Western audience and presents it well and without unneeded dogma (Tibetan purists probably are horrified at his approach, but I think the last thing Westerners who are curious about Buddhism need when they're exploring this faith is to be loaded down with foreign gods and concepts) and I had purchased this originally because of his name on the cover. I was abit surprised (like most of the other reviewers, I thought that this would be a cd for meditation), but I've grown to enjoy it alot. Just don't expect this to be an hour long guided meditation because it's not.
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