Gayatri Mantra in Tibetan Buddhism

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Gayatri Mantra in Tibetan Buddhism

Postby dharmasack » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:03 am

Hey Guys, and Gals, I'm interested in the Gayatri Mantra. I know it's a Vedic Mantra, but apparently it has some foothold in Buddhism as well. I have defitnely heard recordings of Tibetan Monks chanting it, but other than that I don't know much.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Gayatri Mantra in Tibetan Buddhism

Postby neverdowell » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:43 am

I know a Tibetan Buddhist reciting this mantra too. I'm curious.

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Re: Gayatri Mantra in Tibetan Buddhism

Postby Malcolm » Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:00 pm

dharmasack wrote:I have defitnely heard recordings of Tibetan Monks chanting it, but other than that I don't know much.


Nope, you have not. The Gayatri does not exist as a tradition in Buddhism of any kind. There may however be some Western Tibetan Buddhists that are fond of chanting it (I know one too).

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Re: Gayatri Mantra in Tibetan Buddhism

Postby dharmasack » Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:31 am

Nope, you have not. The Gayatri does not exist as a tradition in Buddhism of any kind.


I stand corrected, I supposed that it must have been a western-Buddhist on the recording with a decidedly good grasp of the Tibetan chanting style. Thanks for the response.
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Re: Gayatri Mantra in Tibetan Buddhism

Postby dakini_boi » Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:19 pm

Ani Choying Drolma, who is most certainly a Buddhist nun, has recorded a rendition of Gayatri. She's also a singer/performer, so that might explain it. :shrug:
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