Lama Tashi is a very well respected as a Tibetan Buddhist Monk and Teacher of the Gelug lineage. His masterful chanting of Mantras is amazingly powerful and deeply resonant, creating extraordinary harmonics as he chants. As one of the world’s foremost Tibetan Chant Masters, he is also a Grammy nominee for Best World Music Album, produced by Johnathan Goldman, who is also a master Of Tibetan Healing Music, which proves that there is both a great respect and audience for his life-changing, profoundly spiritual music!
Venerable Ngawang Tashi Bapu (Lama Tashi) is the former Umzey, or Head Chant Master of H.H. the Dalai Lama's Drepung Loseling Monestary in India and is now the President of the Siddhartha Foundation, a charitable organization which he founded to preserve and invigorate Tibetan Buddhist Culture.
Ngawang Tashi Bapu (born 1968), also known as Lama Tashi, is a former Principal Chant Master of the Dalai Lama. A Monpa, Tashi was born in the Thembang village of West Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh, India and commenced formal study in 1985, at age 17. He is a multi-phonic chanter and has performed twice at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. Tashi has also performed with popular recording artists such as Natalie Merchant, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Ben Harper and Sheryl Crow. Currently, he lives in Bomdila and is the Principal of the Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Study, at Dahung in Bomdila.
Affectionately known as the Singing Monk, Tashi was one of the nominees for the Best Traditional World Music category at the 2006 Grammy Awards. On his nomination, Tashi said, "I do not have much knowledge of Western Music although I love listening to Indian Hindi music and folk songs".
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