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Mother of the Buddhas

by Kirby Shelstad

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Dedication 13:03


MOTHER OF THE BUDDHAS is the 2003 release from world music innovator and percussionist Kirby Shelstad. In this epic work, Kirby presents a musical offering of ancient Tibetan and Sanskrit texts in a rich and elaborate setting.. Includes 'The 21 Praises to Tara' and 'The Heart Sutra'. These long journey-like tracks mix elaborate multi-tracked chanting with deep earthy grooves for a result that is perfect for yoga, massage and relaxation. Kirby's music has been tapped by some of the top yoga teachers in the country for their videos and CDs, including Brian Kest's Power Yoga series, Erich Schiffmans yoga videos and Cyndi Lee's OM YOGA in a box.

Mother of the Buddhas

1. The 21 Praises to Tara 29:22
2. The Heart Sutra 13:38
3. Manjusri Namasamghitti 10:48
4. Dedication 13:03

Total Running Time 67 min

Musicians & Credits:

Kirby Shelstad: Voice, Lap Steel Guitar, Tabla, Talking Drum, Tar, Drumset, Synthesizers, Piano, Bass, Electric Mbira, Cymbals, Gongs, Shakers, Bells, Gobichand, Zither, Finger Cymbals, Tanpura, Tambourines ...

Sam Bacco: Additional Gongs, Cymbals and Concert Bass Drum

Larry Chaney: Space Guitar and Acoustic Guitar on Dedication

Beth Nielsen Chapmann: Backing Vocals on Manjusri Namasamghitti and Dedication

Jackie Welch: Backing Vocals on The 21 Praises to Tara

All music written and recorded by Kirby at the Love Circle Pyramid
Mixed by Giles Reaves and Kirby
Mastered by Bob Ohlsson
Graphic Design & Photography by Sandy Mueller
Original Line Art by Robert Beer / used by permission
Front Cover Painting of Tara by Lhalman Lama / used by permission

Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche,
Ustad Ali Akbar Khansahib, Pandit Swapan Chaudhouri, Dr. Sankaren Mahadevan, and Suchi Waters Benjamin.

Sandy Mueller, Joel Solomon, Joe Scarpa, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Jackie Welch, Larry Chaney, Giles Reaves, Sam Bacco, Mike Simmons, Rolf, Michael, Ian and the crew at Underground Sound, Kathy Chiavola, Philip Self, Bruce Arntson, Lloyd Barde, Daniel Paul, Ross Kent and Erich Schiffmann.

I would like to dedicate this recording to the memory of Lama Chimed Namgyal Rinpoche, Secret Yogi and father of Fathers. Also to the memory of George Harrison and to the spirit of Charley Butterfly.

May it be of great benefit
Sarva Mangalam,

Kirby Shelstad
Pema Jinpa


released May 1, 2004


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