AP Exclusive: The Dalai Lama to release 1st album in July

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dalai Lama’s first-ever album will be released on July 6. It features teachings and mantras set to music by the Tibetan spiritual leader. The project came about after Junelle Kunin decided to pitch The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2015 about creating an album fusing music with the Dalai Lama’s words. She returned home to New Zealand from India after recording the religious leader speak. Along with her musician-husband she produced the 11-song project. “Inner World” covers topics like wisdom, courage, healing and compassion. The album release coincides with the Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday.