For use of the temple bells recordings, please initially seek permission from Stone Records: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is essentially a courtesy request, and permission is normally automatically given, with the advice that the client purchase the CD and play the bells tracks from that in their performance; alternatively, the client may like to purchase the nine bells tracks from iTunes or other download sites, burn them to disc and use in the same way.
The Stone Records CD of Dhammapada gives a good idea of how the bells sections can be used effectively in terms of spacing and timing in relation to the choral sections.
Listen to excerpts sung by Apsara:
‘Dhammapada’ means the Buddha’s ‘path to truth’. Dhammapada is a collection of sayings of the Buddha compiled by his followers after his death 2500 years ago and transmitted orally for over 500 years before being written down. It is the core work in Buddhist thought, a spiritual work without being prescriptive. It contains the Buddha’s key messages expressed in striking and often beautiful images, a manual for living a good life, as relevant today as it was then. It introduces the ideas of karma – if you do or think bad things, then bad will come back to you. Everything in life will decay… ‘wealth, beauty and power are all temporary.’ The eight choral movements are:
1 Buddham Saranam Gacchami
3 Dhammapada 1
4 Dhammapada 2
5 Dhammapada 3
6 Dhammapada 4
7 Dhammapada 5
8 Meditation on the Four Sublime States
Press Release for the recording
‘Dhammapada is a choral piece of exceptional beauty and spirituality – a collaboration between renowned choral composer and Anglican priest, Ronald Corp, and Buddhist writer, Francis Booth. Dhammapada – meaning “the path to the truth” – contains the words of the Buddha, compiled by his followers after his death 2,500 years ago. It contains the Buddha’s key messages expressed in striking and beautiful images. It is spiritual without being religious – a manual for living a good life. Although it is the core text in Buddhism, it has never before been set to Western music.
‘Corp’s music is both meditative and inspiring, capturing perfectly the soothing and didactic nature of the Buddha’s words. It is entrancing a cappella music, wonderfully performed by his new professional chamber choir, Apsara. The eight choral movements are interspersed with recordings of bells from important Buddhist sites. These two aspects of the work, as it was originally conceived, produce an effect of simplicity and wonderment, immediately transporting the listener to a more serene state of mind.’