Some months ago I was browsing in an art gallery featuring Tibetan art and I came across a CD titled “Dancing Dakinis” by Ani Choying Dolma. I bought it out of curiosity and was thus introduced to one of my favorite contemporary people and artists.
Anu Choying Dolma is a Buddhist nun who uses her powerful and beautiful voice to raise awareness of the need for the education of Buddhist nuns and to generate funds for a school. In just a few short years she has built her school where women can learn about Buddhism and other academic topics and become health care providers. She still continues to sing and record in order to raise money to improve the school and further her goals of education for Buddhist nuns and using voice as a force for healing.
Her songs include much traditional Tibetan music, but some are also styled in a way that includes western and other traditions. Her music is both mesmerizing and calming, inspiring and enlightening. Her CDs can be difficult to come by, though Amazon does carry some of them. If you come across this amazing artist through her CDs or in concert, I highly recommend her to you.
You may read more about her at her website.