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 Dharma Center. Music, painting, poetry, farming, baking, cheese-making, and gardening are all forms this expression takes. Tsogyelgar Dharma Center is home to the largest Buddhist mural in North America; 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.
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.
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.
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.
The album images above are sacred paintings by Chen (Sangchen Tsomo) – see more on her Tumblr site Nobody Daughter of No One
Albums by Just a Tourist, Honey Rain and Chen are availble on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services