Shakyamuni Mantra video — chant these Holy sounds to bring in a prosperous lunar new year. Happy Year of the Earth Dog!

Bring the sacred and blessed sounds of Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra into the Lunar New Year 2018, Year of the Earth Dog. Enjoy or chant along with this Holy mantra, sung here by the amazing Yoko Dharma. [Bio below.]

 

 

The mantra is on screen, with meditative images of the Buddha, and is:

OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI YE SOHA

Happy Year of the Earth Dog 2018 from Buddha Weekly.

Lunar New Year, celebrated by billions — as Chinese New Year, Losar, and various other Lunar labels — is an important time, traditionally, to present offerings to the Buddhas and Enlightened beings. The merit generated by simple offerings and chanting mantras is “measureless.”

This is also the time to chant mantras or — if you do daily practice — to double up on your normal Buddhist practices. This year, Losar (and Chinese New Year!) falls on February 16, 2018, a Friday, and it’s the Year of the Male Earth Dog.

Do you have a different mantra you’d like to chant / visualize? All mantras are auspicious, especially in the first 10 days of the Lunar year. Here are some other videos with other mantras for chanting:

 

Happy Losar 2018 Year of the Male Earth Dog! May your year be prosperous, your life full of happiness, your family content, and may your Buddhist practice take you on the path to Enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

To plan your practice in the new Lunar Year, please enjoy Buddha Weekly’s free high resolution 2018 Lunar Practice Calendar with original illustrations by Jampay Dorje:

 

The fifteen days of Buddha’s Miracles are one of many special days highlighted in Buddha Weekly’s downloadable 2018 lunar practice calendar (yes, it’s free). Please see our feature and download high resolution here>>

 

About Yoko Dharma

Yoko Dharma

From her website:

 “Sometimes when you wait, it gives you time to grow and flower into something much more beautiful then you had ever imagined. This is the case with Yoko Dharma. The last 5 years for this Canadian born recording artist has been full of growth opportunities as she has patiently been waiting to record her RnB debut album “Freedom Reign.” Now her album is almost complete!  Producer Marty Rifkin is working on this album with Yoko, bringing “Freedom Reign” to life and helping Yoko manifest her vision into the world. Marty has recorded with JewelBruce SpringsteenElton John and numerous other well-known artists. The culturally diverse world music influences drawn on to make “Freedom Reign” album, stem from Yoko’s passionate love of world music and unique world instruments, which are all a part of Yoko’s intriguing sound. Her motivation to break through cultural barriers using music as the conduit for positive global change and peace, is a call to action and  transformation of one’s mind, which is given to the listener through Yoko’s conscious lyrics throughout the album.  Steeped in the basic human qualities of love, compassion and awareness, Yoko draws from the deep rooted wisdom that Tibetan Buddhism has given her in her life and reflects this in her songwriting. Between Marty Rifkin’s expertise and Yoko Dharma’s strong message and powerfully sweet voice, I have no doubt that Yoko’s debut  RnB album will shake the globe, stirring international fans everywhere!
     Growing up as a Tibetan Buddhist in the west was a slightly different childhood then most Canadian kids have. This had a profound and deep influence on Yoko from an early age, especially when she started adapting Tibetan Buddhist meditations and practices more seriously at the age of 13. This definitely makes Yoko unique in the way she writes music and in terms of what she has to say based on her own understanding. This seems to spill out to people because many of her fans resonate with what she is singing about . Her ability to connect with the listenersweather it is on stage or through a recording is profound because of some basic truths she sings about which transcend culture, race and religion. Essentially, the science of the mind, the truth of all phenomena and some fundamental human qualities that we all possess like love, kindness and compassion. This is why so many people relate to her music and I think this is why she can move people so deeply because somewhere inside they also know these truths or have had similar experiences.”
Yoko started singing as soon as she arrived in this world. Born deep in the lush mountains of British Columbia, Yoko is a small town girl from Nelson. She was raised surrounded by musicians and artists. Her mother is a singer and her father a guitar player who both write music. As a child growing up she would often create fantastic shows for guests when they would visit, stepping onto stage in public at the young age of 13. This was when she also began to write her own songs. From disco bands to African dance troupes, Buddhist Mantras to touring with her own original RnB/world music and opening for Jan Arden, Yoko has a captivating musical and performance background. Yoko has also studied African, Modern, Afro Cuban, Salsa and Balinese styles of dance.”“In 2007 she co-produced and recorded her first album ” Yoko Treasury of Jewels.” The album received amazing reviews, being happily received by Yoko’s fans. It also was chosen as “editor’s pick”  by Peters on CD baby.  “Her voice is a bit like Madonna’s, that is to say, she is fully capable of pure enchantment. Yoko’s entrancing voice is a pure pleasure to listen to.” ~ Writes Peters at CD Baby. This album reached beyond the Buddhist community spilling out to many of Yoko’s fans internationally who are not Buddhist but fell in love with the album. “Treasury of Jewels” is sung in Sanskrit and Tibetan, it is comprised of traditional Tibetan mantras and chants made into beautiful, engaging world music songs.”

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Lee Kane is the editor of Buddha Weekly, since 2007. His main focuses as a writer are mindfulness techniques, meditation, Dharma and Sutra commentaries, Buddhist practices, international perspectives and traditions, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Zen. He also covers various events.
Lee also contributes as a writer to various other online magazines and blogs.

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