Dalai Lama will release first album in July

Inner World, the Dalai Lama’s first album is set to be released on July 6, his 85th birthday. The 11-track project, featuring teachings and mantras by the Da­lai Lama set to music, was re­leased in conjunction with a companion booklet.

“The entire purpose of this project is to try to help people,” said Junelle Kunin, a New Zealand Buddhist who first had the idea for the album. “It’s not a Buddhist project, it’s to help everyday people like myself, even though I am Buddhist. The messages couldn’t be more poignant for our current social climate and needs as humanity.”

Net proceeds from the sales of the album will benefit Mind and Life Insti­tute as well as Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning, an international education program developed by Emory Univer­sity and the Dalai Lama.

Grammy-nominated sitar player Anoushka Shankar makes a guest appearance on the album, playing on “Ama La,” a track honoring mothers. Shankar said being invited to perform on the album was “a huge honor.”

Dozens of other musicians were invited to help with the project. —Associated Press

Mesfin Fedaku

Mesfin Fedaku is the music editor for the Associated Press.

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