“Everything Dies”

Recently I learned of the passing of a musician, Peter Steele, who’s music was truly felt by me and throngs of fans worldwide. His band, Type O Negative, is one of my top 5 favorite’s of all time.

I remember the first time hearing them, and thinking how depressing the music was, and how mind numbing it was at the same time. There were many “dreary” days in my past and I swear if it weren’t for Type O Negative and Peter Steele I’m not sure how I would have made it through. In the 90’s, before they got big, I saw them at a small club and got to meet and talk with Peter for a moment. To this day I wonder why the heck the guys hand was so cold and clammy after playing live for almost 2 hours straight, but I digress…

As I grew older, the lyrics and dreariness wore off, but not my appreciation for the musicianship. They are really good at what they do and at times you think you are listening to an epic soundtrack.

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Adam Yauch: Let’s Smash Cancer with Meditation

A couple of days ago, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, sent this message out to fans….


wanted to send this out to you guys in case you were into it, or wanted to give it to anyone who you think might be.

a few friends and i are meditating at the same time twice a day. 9:30am and 6:30pm eastern standard time, for about an hour and half.

we are picturing smashing apart all of the cancer cells in the world.

we are visualizing taking the energy away from the cancer, and then sending it back at the cancer as lightening bolts that will break apart the DNA and RNA of the cells. if you have the time, please join us in whipping up this lightening storm. mind over matter……

if you prefer to sit then sit, but if you are not used to meditating, or sitting quietly doesn’t sound like fun, put on some music and dance while you do the visualization, and if you want to do it at some other time, or picture curing some other illness that’s fine too. yoko will be joining the meditation by visualizing all of us dancing with joy to celebrate the world without cancer. all variations are welcome. this is really just being done with a wish for all beings to be cured of all illnesses and to find true lasting happiness.

i’ll also be saying prayers for the earthquake victims in tibet, so join in on that if you can too.

please feel free to pass this onto anyone who you think may find it interesting.

with all my love,

adam yauch

Deadly Light, Buddhist influenced metal

I was contacted by a member of the band, Deadly Light, to check out their stuff– wow what a breath of fresh air from what I’ve been listening to lately. Here is a description of the band from their site…. “Deadly Light writes loud, metal-infused, cinematic songs dealing with the nature of consciousness and the search for meaning.”

Hopefully a full review of their EP and an interview will be coming soon…. until then you should all check their songs out http://deadlylightmusic.com/songs.php

Shadows Fall: Thoughts Without Words

I’m more of a cookie monster vocals type of death metal but I’ve have liked Shadows Fall since hearing them years back at the Palladium when they were opening up for much larger bands. They have bands opening for them now though. Anyway, I’ve been listening to a bit more of them mainly because people have mentioned how they have a “Buddhist” inspired lyrics.

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Music Impact: Rage Against The Machine

I remember the first time I heard these guys, better yet, the first time I saw the album cover for their first release (seen on the right). It is the image of this self immolated monk, and the power of the disc that made a big fan– that image encompassed everything the band was about. Like Thích Quảng Đức, RATM stood tall in the face of injustice and war.

The lyrics were always powerful, yet greatly misunderstood. The sheer ferocity in which the lead vocalist Zach De La Rocha attacked the mic could incite a riot at any moment, and maybe that’s what he wanted, but I am sure his anger was not understood most of the time. Actually, I’m sure it was.

I first saw them at the third version of Lollapalooza. Zach had a book he was reading from, getting the crowd really riled up. There was just a way that he could get people wrapped up so easily. I am no dancer, never claim to be, but they had me moving. (ok ok, I was just jumping up and down, I have no rhythm alright?)

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Interview with Buddhist Metal band Dosa Jhana

I’m not sure how, but luckily, one day I stumbled on this incredible band, Dosa Jhana. It’s rare to find a band in the extreme metal genre that even talk about Buddhism, never mind dedicating their whole effort to the path. The only other metal band I know that has any Buddhist overtones would be The Firstborn, who are amazing themselves.

I ended up getting a copy of their demo and was blown away at the array of sounds they included in the music. It wasn’t just extreme metal, there are various elements an.d layers to the music. I knew I had to profile the guys here on PM, and below please find the interview I did with Steven form the band. I hope you enjoy it and hope you’ll give their music a listen. Here’s a YouTube video of their’s to get you started.

Dosa Jhana is a rather obscure band to most, so why don’t you tell us a little bit about the band.

Dosa Jhana is a Buddhist-metal band from the Amsterdam area in the Netherlands. We are basically a two piece band but recently we added two extra musicians (Dave Wismeijer of Isfere on bass and Melle Kramer of Obsidian on drums) to perform our music live. We have played on several art exhibitions as well as regular concert venues, most notably being the opening act for fusion-metal greats: Cynic.

Dosa Jhana was founded in 2006 in the mind of British artist Maria Pask. She was asked to participate in the Sculpture Projects ‘07 in Muster Germany, where she presented her work ‘Beautiful City’. As a part of this work there would be series of performances or lectures on religion in the modern day by different religious groups.

Maria used to be my teacher in Art school, but we have kept in touch after I graduated. She knew I was into metal music and she approached me if I would be interested in performing in Muster as a Buddhist metal band. My direct response was “Sure, that sounds like the kind of thing I would do anyway!”. I have always had a sympathy for Buddhism, but it wasn’t until that point that I read more into it. I invited my good friend and partner-in-crime David Hazeleger to join me since he is a musical genius, shares my taste in music and is one of the most zenned-out guys I know. Things have led from one thing to anthother since then I guess…

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Beastie Boys’ Yauch Updates Fans on Cancer Progress After Trip to India

From The New York Times

The rapper Adam Yauch said that he is “feeling healthy, strong and hopeful” that he has beaten cancer after returning from a recent trip to India, but a coming album by his band the Beastie Boys remains without a release date.

Mr. Yauch, better known by his stage name, MCA, made his announcement in an electronic message that was e-mailed to fans and posted on the band’s Web site. He announced in July that he had received his diagnosis of cancer, and underwent surgery and began radiation treatment soon after.

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Dosa Jhana

Was checking out some websites and found a link to this amazing metal band, Dosa Jhana. They’ve only been together a few years but they sound like they’ve been together forever with the synchronization of the band. They are, as you may have assumed, a Buddhist metal band. Here’s a brief bio I was able to find for them..

Dosa Jhana was founded in 2006 when the founding members were feeling that religion should not be confined to certain musical styles and that music should not be automatically linked to certain forms of religion.

Dosa Jhana started searching for new ways to present their own views on religion, which could best be described as a modern day form of Buddhism, to their own musical preference: Metal.

To better cope with the stresses of everyday life, Dosa Jhana seeks to find inner peace through musical expression, bringing positive energy to those around them, without losing the balls to rock.

Hopefully I can get a hold of them, would love to do a piece with them for PM, cross your fingers!

Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch has treatable cancer

Ed. Note: Bummer news to hear, Adam is not only a great musician but a phenomenal person. My prayers and thoughts go out to him, his family and the rest of the band for a speedy recovery!

From CNN: The Beastie Boys canceled all scheduled concerts and delayed their next album release while member Adam “MCA” Yauch is treated for a cancerous tumor in a salivary gland, Yauch says in a video statement to fans.

“The good news is that they did scans of my whole body and it’s only localized in this one area and it’s not in a place that affects my voice,” Yauch says. “So, that’s nice. That’s convenient.”

The cancer is in his left parotid gland and “also in a lymph node right in that area,” he says.

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