(The Way of the Bodhisattva)
selected chapters from the poem by Shantideva

music by Anton Batagov
chanted by Telo Tulku Rinpoche, The Shajin-Lama of Kalmykia

© 2009 Tummo



1. The Excellence of Bodhichitta (1st chapter) 11:33
2. Adopting the Spirit of Awakening (3rd chapter) 9:48
3. The Practice of Patience (6th chapter) 24:55
4. Dedication (10th chapter) 13:27

Total time 60:06

Composed and recorded in December 2008 – February 2009
Design and cover photo: Nick Shtok
The Boat photo by Hieromonk Damian
Photos of Telo Tulku Rinpoche by Igor Yancheglov
Photo of Anton Batagov by Alexei Maishev
Special thanks to: Andrian Melnikov, Galina Kubareva, Julia Zhironkina, Igor Gorely

This release has been made possible through the generous support of Save Tibet Foundation



This 60-minute composition is based on selected chapters from the famous poem BODHICHARYĀVATĀRA (The Way of the Bodhisattva), composed by the eighth-century Indian master Shantideva. The vocal part is chanted by Telo Tulku Rinpoche, The Shajin-Lama (Supreme Lama) of Kalmykia. At the age of seven he was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the current reincarnation of Tilopa (988 - 1069), a great Buddhist saint. Amazingly, Rinpoche's traditional Tibetan-style chanting sounds almost like a rock vocal. In the original music written by Anton Batagov, stylistic patterns from renaissance ballads and minimalism, Tibetan ritual music and rock, chamber/symphonic textures and modern jazz, constitute a seamless unity. Telo Tulku Rinpoche has said about the music: "It's not just a meditation music. It's a real drama which leads a listener towards deeper understanding of a heroic path of the Bodhisattvas, those who vow to become enlightened in order to help all beings awaken into the state of freedom and fulfillment".