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May you have an auspicious rebirth, MCA

For the rest of my lifetimes and
Even beyond I vow to do my best to do no harm
And in times of doubt i can think on the dharma
And the enlightened ones who've graduated Samsara.

 

Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, died Friday at the age of 47, three years after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was practicing Buddhist and a dedicated supporter of Tibet. The International Campaign for Tibet released a statement that said:

Adam's exuberant MCA persona belied his gentle and compassionate nature, and a well-grounded wisdom -- all of which together suggested an inner happiness. Adam lived in a mindful and meaningful way. He left a great and important legacy -- in his music, his expert and creative activism, his heartfelt dedication to the cause of Tibet, and his beautiful family.

The Beastie Boys' song "Bodhisattva Vow" expresses that. I listened to it in the car after I took my bodhisattva vow. MCA knew

 

 

As I develop the awakened mind
I praise the buddhas as they shine
I bow before you as I travel my path
To join your ranks, I make my full time task

For the sake of all beings I seek
The enlightened mind that I know I'll reap
Respect to Shantideva and all the others
Who brought down the dharma for the sisters and brothers

I give thanks for this world as a place to learn
And for this human body that I know I've earned
And my deepest thanks to all sentient beings
For without them there would be no place to learn what I'm seeing

There's nothing here thats not been said before
But I put it down now so that I'll be sure
To solidify my own views
And I'll be glad if it helps anyone else out too

If others disrespect me and give my flack
I'll stop and think before I react
Knowing that they're going through insecure stages
I'll take the opportunity to exercise patience

I'll see it as a chance to help the other person
Nip it in the bud before it can worsen
A chance for me to be strong and sure
As I think on the Buddhas who have come before

As I praise and respect the good they've done
Knowing only love can conquer hate in every situation
We need other people in order to create
The circumstances for the learning that we're here to generate

Situations that bring up our deepest fears
So that we can work to release them until they've cleared
Therefore, it only make sense
To thank our enemies despite their intent

The Bodhisattva path is one of power and strength
A strength from within to go the length
Seeing others are as important as myself
I strive for a happiness of mental wealth

With the interconnectedness that we share as one
Every action that we take affects everyone
So in deciding for what a situation calls
There is a path for the good of all

I try to make my every action for that highest good
With the altruistic wish to achieve buddahood
So I pledge here before everyone who's listening
To make my every action for the good of all beings

For the rest of my lifetimes and
Even beyond I vow to do my best to do no harm
And in times of doubt i can think on the dharma
And the enlightened ones who've graduated Samsara

(Written by: Mario Caldato Jr. / Mike Diamond / Adam Horowitz / Adam Yauch)

Here's a live performance of the song from 1994.

 
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Comments

gratitude

Thank you Nancy! I'm so glad you wrote this!!!!

An open letter to New York City

wanted also to quote this because it's my favorite song about nyc -- it's not about "making it there" but being there, not about ambition but appreciation.

Brooklyn Bronx Queens and Staten
from the Battery to the top of Manhattan
Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin,
Black, white, New York you make it happen.

thanks Nancy

May all Beings be blessed in expression and awakening..

Joren

On lyrics

I wanted to share this quote I read this morning in a story about MCA:

"There are a lot of lyrics on our first two albums that talk about carrying guns or being disrespectful to women. We looked at it like a fantasy, a cowboy movie, but I began to realize those things have a deeper effect, where people actually think that's who we are. And in some cases you kind of become a caricature of yourself, your image." (interview with Tribune newspapers)

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