Ashtamangala - The Eight Auspicious Symbols : Michael Ormiston & Candida Valentino

Nidhana Kumbha (Treasure Vase ) 9’12’’  Michael - Morin Khuur (Mongolian Horse Head Fiddle), Dombra,   Electric Bass, Frame Drum, Mongolian Tagnain Khöömii/Karkhiraa/Khailakh Overtone/Undertone/Throat Singing. 
Candida - Karkhiraa Undertone Singing, Voice, Overtone singing & Frame Drum.
2 The Wheel of Life, The Endless Knot, Anahata  Medley  10’09’’ Michael - Irish Bouzouki, Electric Bass, Frame drum, Morin Khuur, Voice. Candida - Voice, Frame Drum, Jingles, Harmonic Flute.
3 Wish Fulfilling Prayer  (Treasure Vase ) 7’33’ Michael - Morin Khuur, Khöömii/Kharkhiraa. Candida - Voice, Tingshag, Frame Drum 
4 Two Golden Fishes 4’51’’  Michael - Chinese Reed Flute, Frame Drum, Electric bass. Candida - Indian Banjo, Tibetan/Himalayan Singing  Bowls, Frame Drum
5 Parasol Protection Mantra/Banner of Victory Medley 12’15’’ Michael -  Irish Bouzouki, Undertone, Overtone, Khöömii Singing, Voice, Electric Bass, Frame Drums,  Jaw’s Harp, Shawm, Nagaswaram. Candida - Voice, Frame Drum, Recorder, Jews-Harp, Kharkhiraa Undertone singing.
6 Lotus/Conch/Parasol Sound Journey 32’18’’ Michael & Candida - Rubbed Symphonic Gongs, Tibetan/Himalayan Singing Bowls. Harmonic Choir, Conch, Kharkhiraa singing, Morin Khuur, Khöömii Overtone singing, Turkish Ney Flute, Undertone Singing, Frame Drum & Zither. Struck, E-bowed & Plucked Chord Zither

The pieces on this CD represent Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino’s contemporary sonic reflections upon the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. All compositions © 2013 M. Ormiston & C. Valentino     
Recorded July - October 2013 at Chamber 23 Studios.
 

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Nidhana Kumbha (Treasure Vase ) : The divine vase of inexhaustible treasures which possesses the quality of spontaneous manifestation.

2 The Wheel of Life, The Endless Knot, Anahata Medley 

      The wheel of life an illusion it seems,
      drifting endless dreams.
      Open to the wisdom of compassion in our hearts.
      Samsara Milarepa sings, only suffering brings. 
      Open to the wisdom of compassion in our hearts.
      Truth, love, anahata, will dissolve our desires. 
      Struggle of existence, binding of the mind, 
      letting go of history and all of time, 
      Present in each moment, feel your heart SHINE
      Truth, love, anahata can inspire our lives. 
      The wheel of life with strength and guidance 
      Will all our wishes be fulfilled? 
      Conciousness illuminates 
      OM MANE PADME HUM - OM
 
  The Endless Knot The eternal knot, symbolises
  the Buddha’s endless wisdom and compassion, 
  leading to a place of balance in heart, Anahata.​​​​​​​

 3 - Wish Fulfilling Prayer  (Treasure Vase ) 7’33’
      Based on a Mongolian Dallaga invocation/prayer to invite prosperity.

     Khi mori, khishig buyan, tsog zolbo,                                 
     Sanasan yossor, setgelchilin buteej khailakh.                  
     Yaruu aldar, yuu sanasan, yösön khűsliig
     Hurai! Hurai! Hurai!

     Good luck, good fortune, glory & success. 
     Great renown, you wished for 9 desires.
      According to my wishes and intentions, 
      Please grant.    Hurai! Hurai! Hurai!

4 - Two Golden Fishes :  The two golden fishes symbolise happiness and abundance.

5 - Parasol Protection Mantra/Banner of Victory Medley

     Om sarva, tathagata, ushnisha sitatha padme hum

      A contemporary arrangement of one of the White Tara’s (Jetson Dolma) mantras invoking extremely powerful protection followed by

      The Banner of Victory, an emblem of  the Buddha’s victorious enlightenment.
      Pt 1 Journey to Victory 1’50’’   Pt 2 Triumph over Mara (hindrances & negativity) 1’08’’  Pt 3 Celebration 3’13’’

6 - Lotus/Conch/Parasol Sound Journey 32’18’’
 
     Lotus - A journey from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, into the bright sunshine of enlightenment.

     Conch - The Conch announces the possibility of complete transformation of all by clearing negative thought.

     Parasol - The Parasol protects from the shadow of ignorance.

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