Friday, May 13, 2016

Music Musings Month Vol 4: The Musical Offering

The musical offerings was an interesting sharing that taught me more about Tibetan Buddhism.

It was interesting to find out that there were 8 different kinds of offerings (including perfume and music!) Tibetan Buddhism practitioners also use special hand gestures to signify each offering and I found that to be really interesting and new. 

Tibetan throat singing and the Tibetan Horn were two of the things in the culture that captivated me the most. It was amazing to see how they were able to manipulate this voices and produce such wonderful sounds. It was also really interesting to see the differences in the types of instruments used in Mahayana and Vajrayan Buddhism (Mahayana Buddhism uses more of the traditional Chinese instruments)

This section was short because this was a rather foreign topic to all of us and even to our Bhante (teacher) that lives in the temple. So this section was not so deeply touched on but it broadened my knowledge and basic understanding of Vajrayana Buddhism.

All in all, I really enjoyed the sharing and I feel that it should be given a solid 10/10 for being well prepared and well organised!


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