Traveling the Road to Lhasa

Travel along with me, on the road to Lhasa.  The name of this city in the clouds (one of the highest capitals in the world) literally means “place of the gods,” and is the seat of the Dalai Lama and capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China.  While it may be quite a hike to reach the 3,490 metres (11,450 feet) elevation, the journey is well worth it.  It is a transformative experience.

When you consider Tibetan monks, images of meditation and peace probably come to mind.  These holy men are well-known for their chant Om Mani Padme Hum,” which roughly translates to,”Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus. Hail to Him who is the Jewel in the Lotus.  The chants help them along their spiritual journey to achieve enlightenment, or Buddahood: a state that is said to be one of “continuous bliss mixed with a simultaneous cognition of emptiness, the true nature of reality.”

Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet (image from reurinkjan on Flickr)

Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet (image from reurinkjan on Flickr)

Recently, I collaborated with UK sound track composer, Paul Lawler in his production of his ambient new age album, Tibetan Journey.

The Road to Lhasa showcases some of the ethnic music of the region.  Written and performed by Lawler, with my vocals.  I hope you enjoy the journey:

I imagine myself on a mountaintop in Tibet, breathing in the cool, thin air.  I close my eyes and allow the spiritual world music to flow through my body, while entering a state of complete relaxation.

No wonder this city is called the “place of the gods.”

Special thanks to Thomeisa for producing the music video.  Be sure to check out more of Paul Lawler’s music, as well.

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