Phurpa is a Russian musical collective and performance group, recording and playing authentic ritual music of Bon, the oldest Buddhist tradition from Tibet, using ritual instruments and special tantric singing technique.

Alexei Tegin, a founding member and leader of the group, started exploring and experimenting with traditional and ritual music in the middle of the 1990s, at a legendary Cardinal Art Factory (Фабрика Кардинального искусства) in Moscow, led by Vladimir Epifantsev, controversial actor, director and propagator of trash-culture. Of crucial importance was his introduction to the spiritual tradition of Bon and Dzogchen and his meeting with singing masters of Gyumay and Gyuto tantric colleges.

Phurpa was formed in 2003, and the project is named after Phurpa Drugse Chempa (phur pa 'brug gsas chem pa), one of the five tutelary deities of the Father Tantra in Bon tradition (this unique deity has a lower part of his body shaped in a form of phurpa, or kīla, three-edged peg/knife, widely used in tantric Buddhist rituals).

Phurpa line-up includes Alexei Tegin, Dmitry Globa, Eduard Utukin, Anastasia Tomskaya, Pavel Selchukov. Band members are constantly studying ancient Tibetan liturgical practices and ceremonies of Bon tradition, both theoretically and practically.

The trademark style of the band is based on a special type of tantric overtone singing/chanting, called gyukye (rgyud skad), from Tibetan words 'rgyud' (tantra) and 'skad' (sound of the voice). This singing is based on the principle of practitioner's transmogrification during chanting meditation. This technique is achieved through an extensive training, including both meditation and physical, breathing and vocal exercises. Special training includes standing on your head while rehearsing (in the inverted position, lungs and vocal cords works more efficiently) and also drinking black tea with chili pepper and cream – hot pepper is irritating your vocal cords, so they are swelling up a little, while cream (or any other kind of grease or oil) acts as a lubricant.

Phurpa uses ritual Tibetan instruments to perform their music, which includes dungkar (horn made out of huge seashell), dungchen (three-metre-long horn/trumpet), silnuyen (flat cymbals), nga (double-sided drum), damaru (drum, made out of human skulls), kangling (human thighbone trumpet), shang (bon tambourine), rolmo (other type of cymbals), etc.


Phurpa Discography Tracks


IHD002 Phurpa Tro-Wo Phur Nag(CDr, Enh + 2xCDr, CD-ROM + Ltd, Num) Invisible Hand IHD002 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
Phurpa Nag bDud Ceremony Aquarellist Russia 2009 Sell This Version
Phurpa Trowo Phurnag Ceremony (Album) Sketis Music Russia 2009 Sell This Version
Phurpa The Sound Of Dakini Laughter (Album) Not On Label (Phurpa Self-released) Russia 2011
CQBL034 Phurpa Phurpa(Cass, Ltd) Brave Mysteries CQBL034 US 2012 Sell This Version
Phurpa Mantras Of Bön (Album) Zoharum 2014 Sell This Version
LV#015 Phurpa Wal Phur Nag Po(Cass, Ltd, C66) Lust Vessel LV#015 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
69th Cycle Phurpa The Magic Rituals Of The BON Tradition (CD, Album + DVD) Cyclic Law 69th Cycle Canada 2014 Sell This Version
ZZS 002 Phurpa Wal Phur Nag Ritual (Cass, C61) Zazen Sounds ZZS 002 Greece 2015 Sell This Version
Phurpa Rituals Of Bön I (Album) Zoharum Poland 2016 Sell This Version
Shibalba (3) / Phurpa Shibalba (3) / Phurpa - Teachings Of Eastern Traditions (Album) Cold Spring UK 2016 Sell This Version
InfectLP17 Phurpa // Deathstench Phurpa // Deathstench - Evoking Shadows Of Death(LP, Ltd) Black Plagve InfectLP17 US 2016 Sell This Version
ZOHAR 127-2 Phurpa Chöd(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Zoharum ZOHAR 127-2 Poland 2016 Sell This Version
Phurpa Sacred Sounds 22.1.17 (Album) Oaken Palace Records UK 2017 Sell This Version
Phurpa Rituals Of Bön II (Album) Zoharum Poland 2017 Sell This Version
OAK-011 Phurpa Sacred Sounds 18.12.16(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Oaken Palace Records OAK-011 UK 2017 Sell This Version
OECD 249 Phurpa Chöd Ritual / Grotta Santarcangelo(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Old Europa Cafe OECD 249 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
91st Cycle Phurpa Gyer Ro(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Cyclic Law 91st Cycle Germany 2017 Sell This Version
ZOHAR 145-2 Phurpa Ya Tog Rid Pa'i Gyer(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Zoharum ZOHAR 145-2 Poland 2017 Sell This Version
ANGST_33, VS00 Phurpa Gdansk(2xCass, Album) Angst, Vasopressin ANGST_33, VS00 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
ZZS017, NSP012 Phurpa Gyud(CD, Album) Zazen Sounds, Nigrum Serpentis ZZS017, NSP012 Greece 2017 Sell This Version
4iB LP/0915/025 Phurpa + Mare Di Dirac Phurpa + Mare Di Dirac - Misericordia(LP, Album, Ltd, Num) 4iB Records 4iB LP/0915/025 Singapore 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SS-2009-009-01 Phurpa Mu Ye(CDr, Mini, Ltd) S und S Records SS-2009-009-01 Russia 2009 Sell This Version


ZOHAR 147-4 Phurpa Rituals Of Bön I+II(Cass, Album, Comp, Ltd, C92) Zoharum ZOHAR 147-4 Poland 2017 Sell This Version


none Xoresth / Phurpa Xoresth / Phurpa - Arcanvm(2xCDr, Ltd) CVLMINIS none Russia 2014 Sell This Version