Music Video: “Waiting With Hope” By Gyaltsen

High Peaks Pure Earth has translated a song by Tibetan singer Gyaltsen called “Waiting with Hope”. Gyaltsen is a singer from Golog in Amdo and is good friends with the famous singer Sherten, also from Golog. Gyaltsen first gained prominence in a song dedicated to the Yushu earthquake alongside Sherten.
In 2012, Gyaltsen released an album of songs that also included the song dedicated to Yushu. Gyaltsen’s entire album has been online on YouTube since March 2012 and all ten songs can be seen here: “Waiting with Hope” is the first song on the album. The first two paragraphs talk about the Dalai Lama being in exile and the Panchen Lama’s “manifestation” refers to the 10th Panchen Lama (1938–1989). The Panchen Lamas are considered to be incarnations of Amitabha Buddha. The last two paragraphs refer to the Dalai Lama as the sun and the Panchen Lama as the moon which are commonly used metaphors in Tibetan poetry and song that also symbolise their relationship to one another.
This is the thirtieth music video posted by High Peaks Pure Earth since the music video series started in November 2012. Below are the subtitled music video and translated lyrics of “Waiting With Hope” By Gyaltsen. Be sure to go back and watch our other videos in the series using this link: And please check back next Wednesday for more music from Tibet.

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“Waiting With Hope”
By Gyaltsen

Lyrics: Dawa
Composer: Kunchok
Singer: Gyaltsen

The kind supreme Lama
Departed for the land of the noble ones
When the door of freedom opens
Waiting with hope for a return
Panchen Amitabha
The manifestation has been dissolved
The reincarnation of the youth
Waiting with hope to appear

My Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama
The true protectors in the Tibetan heart
To Tibet, the Land of Snows
Please return soon without delay
To Tibet, the Land of Snows
Please return soon without delay

The golden sun
Passed over the western mountains through the dusk
When the dawn is lifted
Hoping to rise up
The white moon
Overshadowed by the dark clouds
When the cloud is cleared away by the wind
Hoping for an appearance

My sun and moon
The kind sun and moon
From the dark blue space of the spacious sky
Waiting to shine brightly

[Translation by High Peaks Pure Earth]

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