Monday, 02 June 2014 02:00

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Working with a LAMA
Lama Samten Yeshe Rinpoche is around my age. He was born in a small village in Tibet and from the age of 8 had entered the Bön Buddhism as a monk. he studied with great masters, and also had been the music Master of 400 priests in a temple. He hold a Doctor in philosophy degree and is teacher of the sacred masks dance of the Bön tradition. Now he is based in Paris and travels all around Europe to teach meditation and philosophy. I meet Lama Smten in the apartment of Judith, his assistant and a new dear friend of mine. In 2 minutes we become friends. He tell me that he will donate his payment for the concerts to his order and that the project has a lot in common with the Bön belief of peace, dialogue and compassion between men beings. It is important for him to explain me his motivation for the project, since some of the things I ask him to do are very sacred and also sometimes secret within the Bön culture.

 

We jump into the work. Lama Samten smiles when he see different Bön mantras, musical instruments and mudras within the musical score. His part is being filled up fast with notes in Tibetan and French. I am amazed how quick he reacts to the graphic and textual indications. After we finish the first rehearsal in Paris, we go - Lama and me for a coffee in the corner. I have my coffee n.10 of the day and the Lama have juice. We speak about our families, politics and people. Just like friends do.

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