Music & Art

A liberation theology of art could help to undo the effects of this deadening time when art has been co-opted by the shabbiness of commercialism and the shallowness of fashion.  An aeshetic of sublimity is needed.”  – t.k., Eye to Form is Only Love

The expression of beauty, truth and goodness is a central aim of Tsogyelgar.  Music, painting, poetry, farming, baking, cheese-making, and gardening are all forms this expression takes.  Creative endeavors from Tsogyelgar include the largest Buddhist mural in North America (sadly lost to a devastating fire on April 15th – but a new space is already in the works!); White Lotus Farms, an award-winning organic farm, artisan bakery and creamery; One Pause Poetry; and Dzam Studios, recording studio for musical groups Just A Tourist, Honey Rain and Chen.

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Sky & Chen – Just A Tourist

Just a Tourist

Music from the depths of wisdom and bliss. Just a Tourist’s lead musicians Chen and Sky spend half the year in solitary Buddhist retreat and the other half in the studio creating this music that touches the heart and mind. Winner of Current Magazine’s Best New Band and Best New Album 2016 and Indaba Music’s Best Love Song 2016.

New Release! Duende

Also from Just a Tourist:


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Khandro with Honey Rain guitarist Ryan Vanderhoof

Honey Rain

Led by Tsochen Khandro, co-founder of Tsogyelgar, Honey Rain is devoted to creating songs of meditation and enlightenment from the great Tibetan masters Dudjom Rinpoche, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, Milarepa and more. Beautiful renditions of these liberating poems for your enjoyment – offered freely to one and all.

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Chen has honed her word-class skill in Afro-Cuban drumming over the past three decades.  Her first three solo CDs were released in 2017, a magical integration of her virtuoso musicianship and stainless wisdom.

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The album images above are sacred paintings by Chen (Sangchen Tsomo) – see more on her Tumblr site Nobody Daughter of No One

Dozens of songs from Just A Tourist and Honey Rain are freely available on the YouTube Channel Doha Songs…also longer meditation pieces, prayers, and teaching videos.

Albums by Just a Tourist, Honey Rain and Chen are availble on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services