Aksobya by Leila Adu-Gilmore

Hailing from New Zealand, Britain and Ghana, Leila's piece explores themes of environmentalism as seen through multiple lenses of her own cultural background, the Buddhist faith and our country's indiginous people.


'Aksobya' by Leila Adu-Gilmore

Commissioner: Dennis Poulsen

Voice and piano: Leila Adu-Gilmore

Lyrics: Adapted from the Plainsong Puja of Mahakala, originally compiled by Lama Chimé from texts received from the late Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche and the late Ven. Kalu Rinpoche.




Aksobya: A tranquil place and purpose, like a sacred grove.

Clear, reflective mind, white light wisdom mirror; A tranquil place and purpose, like a sacred grove. The blessings of the natural world are recognized and valued here.

Air, water, earth and energy; living world, Gaia.

May gratitude and offering be accepted and enjoyed. May the way of compassion be wise with its power.

Bodhicitta, right intention, knowledge, teaching, dialogue: Contribute and bestow, expand and liberate.

The power, peaceful mind; Bodhicitta, right intention, knowledge, teaching, dialogue; Alive and realised.

Purify delusion, confusion and fixated views.

In thought and word and deed, this intent is deeply felt; Faith and aspiration grow in confidence.

Now the light of all experience can illuminate the path. The suffering in the world becomes the cause of practice.

Skill and means be with us now; light of peace, compound; Become the inner lamp, grace the sacred ground.


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