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Songs in the Ten Directions

by The WindHorse Ensemble

Healing mantra and music composed by an American Buddhist Lama, inspired by North Indian, Tibetan and Silk Route musical genres.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. White Tara
5:49 album only
2. Kamakura
9:17 album only
3. Jivani
7:30 album only
4. Namo Amitabha Buddha
5:21 album only
5. Khandro
4:55 album only
6. Silk Route Campfire
3:57 album only
7. Saga Dawa
4:55 album only
8. Approaching Zang Dok Pal Ri
7:44 album only


Album Notes
The WindHorse Ensemble was composed of Dr. Ngakchang Karma Yeshe Namgyal Dorje Rinpoche (Lama Yeshe Rinpoche) on guitar and vocals, Rahul Sakyaputra on sitar and Ron Wagner on tablas and other ethnic hand percussion. The WindHorse Ensemble combines traditional Indian ragas, Central Asian, Persian, North African. Turkish and Middle Eastern melodies and rhythms with Buddhist mantras and songs. Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's use of the acoustic steel string guitar in modal tunings returns the guitar to its original timbres found in the lute, oud and Persian Tar and creates a subtle weaving of modal melodies with Rahul Sakyaputras superb classical sitar styling. In addition, the guitar becomes a powerful rhythm partner with Ron Wagner's brilliant tabla virtuosity. Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and MiraBai Khandro's spiritual chanting styles seamlessly merge with the unique instrumental offerings of The WindHorse Ensemble, creating a fresh and spiritually evocative musical experience for the listener.

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche is an American Vajrayana Buddhist Lama from the Ngakpa(mo) order of male and female householder Tantric yogins founded by the Mahaguru, Padmasamabhava in 8th century C.E. In addition to developing a unique modal style of guitar playing, he is an accomplished performing and recording guitarist in other genres. Lama Yeshe Rinpoche has composed music for Buddhist mantras and songs in Classical Raga, Central Asian, Middle Eastern, North African, Persian, Turkish and other ethnic modal styles of music. He has performed his songs for many Venerable Lamas, Buddhist organizations, Universities and public venues. Lama Yeshe Rinpoche received his Ph.D from Claremont Graduate University. In addition to his teaching of Buddha Dharma for Do Ngak Dzong Dharma Center in Marina Del Rey, California, Rinpoche is a Professor of Philosophy and teaches Philosophy and Religion seminars at Universities and Colleges in Southern California. Rinpoche is Director of The Buddhist Educational Network (TBEN). TBEN is an educational Intranet and Internet based pedagogic portal, which serves the American and International Buddhist communities.

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche was given the spiritual appellation Ngakchang (Holder/Transmitter of mantric power) bu the Very Venerable 4th Karma Thinley Rinpoche in 1993.. He is considered a Gomchen (Meditation Master) and is empowered to teach and transmit the sublime Vajrayana doctrines of Dzogchen (The Great Perfection) and Mahamudra (The Great Seal).

Rahul Sakyaputra was a world-renowned sitarist. He studied sitar with the illustrious Baba Allaudin Khan, the greatest North Indian musician and preceptor of the 20th century. He has performed at various international concert halls and other venues: World Expo and International Music festival in Denmark; Universities in North America; many of India's premier concert halls, including the Birla Theatre and the famous Shanmukhananda Hall in Bombay; His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bombay; and countless others.

Rahul has scored films and performed for many television and radio shows. He has played and recorded with many western musicians including: Patrick Moraze of the Moody Blues, Germany's pop star Christian Anders; and Ryugen Watanabe. Rahul is a Buddhist scholar who is able to explain the inter-relationship between Buddhist Philosophy and Indian classical music. Rahul resides and teaches classical Indian music in Los Angeles, California. Rahul has performed home concerts for Kurt Russell, Goldi Hahn and other entertainment and industry luminaries. In addition, Rahul was an accomplished painter who has developed a unique watercolor style for depicting scenes of ancient India.

Ron Wagner began his study of percussion with John Rowland of the Buffalo Philharmonic orchestra. Ron received a full scholarship from the prestigious Eastman School of Music with Professor John Beck. Ron began his ethnic percussion studies with classical Indian tablas under the tutelage of Harihar Rao. He continued his studies with the great tabla master Pandit Taranath Rao. In addition to Rahul Sakyaputra, Ron has recorded with Ashish Khan, Aloke Das Gupta, Sumita Kundu and other Indian master musicians. Ron has performed with the Brazilian maestro Moacir Santos who introduced him to the sophisticated rhythms of Brazil. In the years that followed Ron has played and recorded with the greatest Brazilian musicians and singers. Ron's work with Avaz Dance Company began a long foray into Middle Eastern drums. He performs solos on Doiras (frame drums from Uzbekistan) and has played Egyptian, Turkish, Armenian, Persian and Central Asia drums with a variety of musicians and artists from the Middle Eastern and Central Asian Community. Ron has written music in a variety of styles for live performances, film scores, and theatre productions. Ron also composes music for Rhythmic Visions, a dance and percussion company founded with dancer Emily Mayne.

The WindHorse Ensemble, under the direction of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, with the addition of new ensemble members continues to explore new vistas in Vajrayana Buddhist healing music.

MiraBai Khandro (Sky Walker) Henderson is a songstress and poetess that regularly performs with The WindHorse Ensemble. Her purity, devotion and vocal range imbue her chanting with great beauty and blessings. She has been singing her heart songs since childhood. In her youth, she trained in opera, classical, gospel, and contemporary musical genres. She has performed and recorded with husband, (Panduranga), who has done concert performances and recording work for Ray Charles, and other renowned artists. MiraBai and Panduranga have recently toured Europe performing for sacred festivals. In 20002, MiraBai completed The Divine Love CD offering for her Guru, Swamini Turiya Sangita Nanda (Alice Coltrane). She has also recorded Vajrayana Buddhist prayers for His Holiness Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, with whom she has a very close spiritual connection. MiraBai Khandro continues to explore the myriad pathways of sacred ethnic chants.

The WindHorse Ensemble is a unique blend of Classical Indian, Central Asian, Persian, Middle Eastern, Turkish, North African and other ethnic genres. The music is united with Buddhist chanting and songs. Audiences are joyously and effortlessly introduced to the nature of Mind through Shabda or holy sound and their individual WindHorses (prana or life force) are blessed and empowered. The WindHorse Ensemble, under the direction of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, with the addition of new ensemble members continues to explore new vistas in Vajrayana Buddhist healing music. A new CD is forthcoming in 2010. Sarvam Mangalam.

The WindHorse Ensemble
P.O. Box 9192
Marina Del Rey, CA 90295
Tel: (310) 289-4195



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