The Land of Peace and Bliss: A Musical Mandala for Soprano, Cello and Piano (Score and Part)
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Small Ensemble Cello,Piano,Voice - Level 5 - Digital Download

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Composed by Richard St. Clair. 20th Century,Contemporary,Praise & Worship,Sacred. Score and parts. 49 pages. Richard St. Clair #4719383. Published by Richard St. Clair (A0.939806).

This is a musical mandala on the Pure Land Buddhist verses (gatha) composed by Bodhisattva Vasubandhu (ca. 400 CE). It is scored for solo soprano, cello, and piano. The style is in conventional tonality, highly contrapuntal texture. The PDF is the vocal score with cello part appended. The MP3 clip was generated through Myriad music software.

Libretto:
THE LAND OF PEACE AND BLISS
Gatha Of Aspiration to be Born in the Pure Land
Composed by Bodhisattva Vasubandhu
(India, ca. 400 C.E.)

O World-Honoured One, With singleness of mind I take refuge in the Tathagata of Unhindered Light Shining throughout the Ten Directions and aspire to be born in the Land of Peace and Bliss.

Upon the Sutras's exposition of manifestation of True Merit, I write verses of aspiration, concise, holding to the Buddha Dharma. When I contemplate the nature of that Land, I find that It surpasses all states of existence in the three worlds. It is ultimately like space, vast and without bounds.

Out of the Great Compassion inherent in the Right Path, and from the root of supramundane good has it arisen. It is completely radiant like a pure light, like a mirror or the sun or moon. It is composed of rare jewels, and endowed with exquisite adornments. Its pure and blazing light is brilliant, is brilliant and serene illuminating the whole world.

Jewelled ornaments, pliant and soft like grasses bend to right and left, they produce delightful sensations, surpassing the sensation produced when kacilindika grass is stroked. A myriad varieties of jewelled blossoms are scattered profusely among the ponds and streams and springs. When a soft breeze moves the flowers and leaves, reflections of light interweave and shimmer in all directions.

The palaces and various towers command unobstructed views in the ten directions. There are trees displaying many colors all surrounded by railings of precious gems. Nets strung with innumerable jewels hang across the sky. When bells of various kinds ring out they proclaim the message of the excellent Dharma. Magnificent flowers, flowers, and robes rain down and numerous varieties of incense pervade everywhere.

The Buddha's wisdom is pure and brilliant like the sun; it dispels the darkness of the world's ignorance. The Sacred Name enlightens people far and wide, it is subtle and is wonderful and is heard everywhere in the ten directions.

The Land is firmly upheld by Amida, The Enlighttened One, The Dharma King. The hosts of sages in the likeness of pure flowers surrounding the Tathagata are born there transformed from within the flower of enlightenment. They enjoy the taste of the Buddha Dharma taking meditation and samadhi as food.

Forever free from bodily and mental afflictions, They always enjoy pleasure without interruption. In this realm of the goodness of the Mahayana, all beings there are equal and not even the names of unworthy beings are found there. People of the different genders are not born there; and whatever aspirations sentient beings may have, They all will be fulfilled.

For this reason I aspire to be born in Amida Buddha's land, where He is seated on the pedestal of an excellent pure lotus flower and adorned with innumerable great treasures, and His physical marks of excellence shine for one fathom; His form is incomparably superior to that of any other beings. The wondrous voice of the Tathagata is heard throughout the ten directions.

Like earth, water, and wind and space, He has no discriminative thoughts. Heavenly and human beings are born out of the ocean of pure wisdom. The King of Mountains Amida is supreme and wonderful and unequalled. Heavenly beings and valiant men worship, circumambulate and look up to him adoringly.

When I observe the Buddha's great power, I find that those who meet with it do not pass by in vain, they are enabled to quickly attain the great sea of the trea.

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