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Gyütö Tantric College

Gyütö Tantric College

Gyütö Tantric College


The Gyüto Tantric college is one of the two great tantric colleges of the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, to which the Dalai Lamas principally belong. It was founded in 1474 by Jetzun Kunga Thöndrüb (1419-1486) at Chamba Ling, east of Lhasa. It soon moved to Lhasa, occupying the 7th-century temple. Following the total invasion of Tibet by China in 1959, the monastery was reconstructed in the extreme north-east of India under the leadership of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, in several places. Read more on Last.fm
The Gyüto Tantric college is one of the two great tantric colleges of the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, to which the Dalai Lamas principally belong. It was founded in 1474 by Jetzun Kunga Thöndrüb (1419-1486) at Chamba Ling, east of Lhasa. It soon moved to Lhasa, occupying the 7th-century temple. Following the total invasion of Tibet by China in 1959, the monastery was reconstructed in the extreme north-east of India under the leadership of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, in several places. Only those monks who have completed the equivalent of a double doctorate (hlarampa geshe degree) in Buddhism theory and scripture are entitled to attend the colleges.

At the college, they focus on the higher and secret teachings of Buddhism which involve more powerful meditations and rituals to transform the mind into one of unlimited love and wisdom, and the body into one capable of serving every being, without exception. Gyuto's monks are known for their tradition of overtone singing, also described as "chordal chanting" which is said to have been transmitted by their founder. Th emonks use the natural resonance of the body to produce audible overtones; in other words, it sounds like each monk is singing two or even three notes at once. Tibetan ritual music places little emphasis on rhythm and pitch, which gives a loose, free form feel to the chanting. It uses various instruments including long horns, hand drums, powerful double reeded oboes, and bells. As the monks chant, they are mentally rehearsing the process of becoming a being of unlimited ability to help, heal and serve others. The Gyuto monks achieved renown in the West following the release of recordings made by David Lewiston in 1974 on Nonesuch, and in 1986 by Windham Hill Records. In 1995, a group of Gyuto Monks traveled to the United States and performed during a series of concerts with the Grateful Dead.

Under the name Gyüto Monks Tantric Choir, they appeared on the Mickey Hart/Planet Drum album Supralingua. In June 2013, The Gyuto Monks of Tibet announced their signing to Universal Music, the world’s biggest record company. Their forthcoming album, ‘Chants: The Spirit of Tibet’, will be produced by Youth, the bassist for the post-punk rock band Killing Joke. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence, the Gyuto Monks of Tibet performed at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival in the Green Fields. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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