• Herbie Hancock on his Buddhist practice Paid Member

    In a profile at The Sydney Morning Herald Herbie Hancock talks about his introduction to Buddhism, how his practice has informed his sense of purpose, and his latest undertaking The Imagine Project. From the article: He's a dapper man who generally looks 20 years younger than he is, but there's a weariness in his eyes and voice after hours banging the drum about a project he describes as his most difficult. “I guess . . . it's a combination of my age and the practice of Buddhism. What I've learned is, in order for something to have value it has to in some way work towards serving humanity, otherwise it's self-serving and shallow and disruptive.” More »
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    Sickest Buddha Music Video Paid Member

    Is this video funny? Kinda. Offensive to Buddhists? Yes, some. Anyway, here it is. Looks like it was filmed at Spirit Rock. My sister lives near there. UPDATE: This video has been removed. Anyone with information on why it was taken down should write in and let us know. My sister still lives near Spirit Rock. More »
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    Buddha Swings? Paid Member

    Apparently, the story of the Buddha is now a musical—Big Band style. It's called Buddha Swings: Young Prince Sidd has it all: wealth, youth, fame and family. He's introduced to the tune of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and later "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo," only he's a guy from Kapilivastu (tu-tu-tu-tu). And this: He tries various paths to spiritual enlightenment, and they all turn out to be another song and dance, literally. Possibly the best is the one about the quest for nirvana, to the tune of "Rum and Coca Cola." If anyone's in San Antonio, please see it and tell us what's going on out there. More »
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    Smashing Pumpkins Paid Member

    Tricycle's founding art director, creative consultant and contributing editor Frank Olinsky was interviewed for the Smashing Pumpkins website--and oh, he's successful album cover designer, too. Frank writes: I dug up some of Billy Corgan's faxed sketches and other things which have never been seen before. I was really moved when I read the following comment from Billy himself: "Looking back now over 10 years, what sticks out most in my mind about Frank is he is total class. I am really fortunate to have been able to work with someone so talented, kind-hearted, and really someone who puts everything he has into his work. He really is a true artist thru and thru." Nice interview, Frank! More »
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    Buddha Machine 2.0 Paid Member

    You may recall the Buddha Machine, a Worst Horse favorite, and the more recent iPhone app. In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones details the Buddha Machine 2.0: More »
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    Meredith Monk nominated for Grammy Paid Member

    Buddhist artist Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble have been nominated for a Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance for their album Impermanence (ECM USA). The New York Times' Steven Smith wrote this about Monk's work: The music conveyed a dramatic arc that encompassed grief and confusion, joy conveyed through rollicking pratfalls and giddy dances, and a quiet ending of stark, powerful eloquence. More »