Saga Dawa Heart Sutra Recitation - 2020
Saga Dawa Heart Sutra Recitation, 4 - 5 June 2020, Global
At the request of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, this is a new choral arrangement of the Heart Sutra presented as a "virtual choir." It was sung as separate tracks by over thirty participants in ten different countries, which were then edited together to create the choral arrangement. The video was produced and edited using Zoom and broadcast across the world on Zoom, YouTube and Facebook Live for 24 hours to commemorate Saga Dawa Düchen, the day where Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana is celebrated across the world. The melody is based off of a musical setting of the "Nilakantha Dharani," a dharani associated with Avalokiteshvara in Japanese Buddhism, written by Kanho Yakushiji, a Zen priest. The translation of the Heart Sutra was done by the Nalanda Translation Committee, the video editing by Sophie Perks and the choral arrangement by Harry Einhorn. Produced and practiced with the intention of pacifying the turmoil of the world at this time, in the words of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, “May we invoke love, kindness, and healing, and open our hearts for the earth.”
The Nalanda Translation Committee text can be accessed here.
Note: This YouTube playlist has two versions of the Saga Dawa Heart Sutra Recitation on 4 - 5 June. First a 6 min version which goes straight into the recitation, and second a 39 min video which includes an introduction by Rinpoche to the recitation, followed by the choral arrangement itself and ending with a teaching by Rinpoche on the Heart Sutra as a description of our oceanlike mind: