WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?
This initial print of a 1,000 copies of the CD, which is selling at a recommended retail price of $10/(*)per CD, is done with an aim to raise fund for Dover Park Hospice. 70% of the proceed will go to the Hospice and 20% will go to the organizations that help to distribute the CD. The producer will only take 10% of the collection to defray administration costs. The cost of the production is fully bond by Rita Sze Music Enterprise and various contributors as listed in the CD booklet.
* There are some outlets selling the CD at a different price due to discounts given to members and also deductions for credit card charges. Please be understanding as they are trying to keep the donation sum in tact and they are not profiting for their own purpose.
WHY DOVER PARK HOSPICE?
My late mom has spent her last 5 days of her life there. Impressed with their level of service and the dedication of their staff and volunteers plus their sensitivity to the religious needs of the patients I am determined to offer help to this charitable organization in whatever way that I can do best.
WHY ONLY BUDDHIST PRAYERS AND MANTRA?
Started to be a serious Vajrayana practitioner about 6 years ago, I have tried to learn various prayers and mantras not solely by chanting them but also to understand the meaning and the reasons for such chanting.
Those included in this CD are some of those that have touched my life greatly and created a great impact on my realization of various things and events that took place.
Therefore I hope this will help those who are in need, by reciting or singing along with my CD, or if not, just by listening to the sound of it and leave an imprint in their mind.
WHY DO YOU WANT TO EMBARK ON THIS PROJECT ALONE?
I am trained in music for a great part of my life and that is the thing that I feel I can do best. So instead of burning paper offering items to my mom I think by spending the same amount of money to create a product that will not only benefit different organizations financially but also people in need spiritually, will be a more meaningful way of remembering her. Besides, I think this is more in keeping with what Buddhism is about.
I also did not seek help from other musicians in this project because I feel this is a very personal project. By engaging others, it will no doubt render a more “commercial viable sound” to the CD but I think the feeling and sincerity shown will be very different.