The 11th-century sage Milarepa never founded any monasteries. Instead, he lived in remote caves, dining on nettle soup, meditating and composing songs. He enlightened his students through music and poetry, and is depicted in temple paintings with his right hand cupped to his ear, to better hear the music of the spheres. He is credited with the poem, Hundred Thousand Songs. And that was a millennium before the iPod!
Tibetan traditional music ranges from eerie throat-singing (monastic chants) to high-spirited nomad yodelling. Here are some sound-bytes from Tibetan nomad folk-songs:
|Aku Pema, sung by Tashi and Tamdin|
|nomad folk-song #2|
|nomad folk-song #3|