‘Beneath the Bo Tree’


A track from Chinmaya’s latest album, released by New Earth Records this year.

Playing Indian classical music, on which this CD is based, is my favourite mindfulness practice. The intense attention on the form and feel of the raga I am playing is a way of disciplining my mind. It is a search for the innermost core of the raga, just as mindfulness is a search for the innermost core of my being, what Osho and the Zen masters call ‘no-mind’.

In tribute to Gautham Buddha, originator of the mindfulness technique of ‘vipassana’, I have chosen significant events in his life as titles for the tracks. They certainly inspire me in the knowledge that in my search for the innermost core of my own being, there are those who have gone before me.

‘Beneath the Bo Tree’ is based on the springtime Raga Bahaar, which conjures images of woods and birdsong. It’s melody has been with me for over thirty years since I was taught it amidst the bamboo groves of a village in Bengal.

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Chinmaya DunsterChinmaya was born in 1954 in England and started playing the classical guitar at 15. After taking sannyas in 1982 he took up playing the sarod. The Osho Commune in Pune provided him with the ground for musical experiments and, until today, he has 13 CDs released on New Earth Records and a further 4 on Malimba Records. www.chinmaya-dunster.commore about and by Chinmaya Dunster on Osho News

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