“Let’s say you have two tuning forks tuned to the note A. So if you strike one, and then you merely hold it next to the other one…the other tuning fork will vibrate, will resonate…. So what I like to tell people is that practices like Chenrezig, practices like mantra, are resonant in much the same way. We have Buddha-nature, we have the potential for love and compassion that is immeasurable, but sometimes we need to apply an outer agent if you will, to remind us of that. …when you hear the sound ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ it resonates with that which is Buddha within you.” --Lama Kathy Wesley
Driving down Grubb Street in Franklinton, one passes houses, the occasional vacant lot, and a small former church now decorated with prayer flags: the Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling Center, or Columbus KTC. Inside, a dim stairwell lined with shoe racks gives way to a warmly lit, open space with low tables and cushions arranged in facing lines on the floor. The walls are hung with bright Tibetan Buddhist tapestries and art. A large shrine occupies the front of the room. On Tuesday nights, members and visitors gather at the tables, sitting on the floor to take part in a classical Tibetan chanted meditation dedicated to the Bodhisattva of Compassion: the Chenrezig Sadhana. The soft bell-like tone of a Tibetan singing bowl calls everyone to begin, with new attendees learning the melodies by listening, and then joining in. The following recording includes samples of several different chants heard during a recent practice.