Paula is a big believer in chanting Tibetan texts in English. She shares “Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche said that chanting is an important element in Tibetan Buddhist rituals because it allows us to reflect on the meaning; it brings bliss to the senses and thereby develops clarity and stability in the experience; it also helps us memorize the words—memorized practice is so much deeper than practice that is read from a text, there is no comparison between the two.”
The text has to be condensed in order to fit the 9 or 7 syllable format of Tibetan verse. The sadhanas include Tibetan phonetics, literal translation and chanting verses. People really enjoy chanting in a language they understand, it opens the heart.
Below are a few examples for you to try. Please visit Paula’s website to find all recordings of her chanting the Vajrayogini practices (accessible to those who have received the Vajrayogini initiation.