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Heavy Metal goes tantric

Postby Hanzze » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:56 pm

check out this Buddhism metal heads :-) But don't be attached!!



http://www.thenoblesearch.com/menu.html
http://www.myspace.com/unclenchedfists

...at the end the mad guys are the good?
wonderful graphics...

WHAT COULD BUDDHISM HAVE TO DO WITH HEAVY METAL? ...
http://theworsthorse.com/nated/nated-1.html

Journey of a Dream is a heavy metal story of a Tibetan refugee.
It is a feature length documentary that will take audiences on an epic,
global journey into heavy metal music, exile, Buddhism and Tibetan roots.
http://www.journeyofadreammovie.com/
Just that! :-)
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Re: Heavy Metal goes tantric

Postby Astus » Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:49 pm

Very nice, I've been looking for a Buddhist metal band for a while now. Are there others like The Firstborn who actually play Buddhist metal?
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T51n2076, p461b24-26)
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Re: Heavy Metal goes tantric

Postby Indrajala » Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:34 am

Interesting...

I have a friend who is a monk but plays the electric guitar. His music isn't quite metal, but Buddhist themed. He said he gave up the guitar when he ordained, but felt the need to take it up again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKBjSAN5-Pk
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Re: Heavy Metal goes tantric

Postby Huifeng » Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:21 am

Huseng wrote:Interesting...

I have a friend who is a monk but plays the electric guitar. His music isn't quite metal, but Buddhist themed. He said he gave up the guitar when he ordained, but felt the need to take it up again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKBjSAN5-Pk


"need"?
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Re: Heavy Metal goes tantric

Postby Indrajala » Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:38 am

Huifeng wrote:
Huseng wrote:Interesting...

I have a friend who is a monk but plays the electric guitar. His music isn't quite metal, but Buddhist themed. He said he gave up the guitar when he ordained, but felt the need to take it up again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKBjSAN5-Pk


"need"?


He likes playing the guitar and composing Buddhist themed music. He has a rendition of several sutras recited with an electric guitar.

Do you disapprove?
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Re: Heavy Metal goes tantric

Postby Huifeng » Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:22 am

"disapprove"? Seeking clarity would be more like it.
I just wonder if this is really a "need", or otherwise.

To me, the word "need" always requires some qualifier, like "in order to ...., one needs to ..."
Without the qualifier my default is "in order to stay alive, one needs to ..." - play guitar?!
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Re: Heavy Metal goes tantric

Postby Indrajala » Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:35 am

Huifeng wrote:"disapprove"? Seeking clarity would be more like it.
I just wonder if this is really a "need", or otherwise.

To me, the word "need" always requires some qualifier, like "in order to ...., one needs to ..."
Without the qualifier my default is "in order to stay alive, one needs to ..." - play guitar?!


I think he needs to play the electric guitar to update certain Buddhist practises to make them more appealing and attractive to present day generations. He said he wanted to make sutra recitation more appealing to people.

Hitting wooden fish, banging drums and striking bells were all innovative at some point and they were incorporated into sutra recitation. The overall effect was positive. Using an electric guitar as a dharma instrument, while indeed unorthodox, is still useful. It might not be accepted by a lot of more traditionally minded Buddhists, but that's their problem.

Now he also sings songs which are mostly Buddhist themed. Traditionally bhiksu don't strum guitars and sing songs lamenting war. But innovation in this sense, if done with right intention and right view, is generally beneficial.

Is there any problem with feeling the need to recite sutras with an electric guitar and sing generally Buddhist themed songs?
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Re: Heavy Metal goes tantric

Postby Luke » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:49 pm

Hanzze wrote:check out this Buddhism metal heads :-) But don't be attached!!

They're certainly not my favorite metal band, but they're surprisingly good.
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Re: Heavy Metal goes tantric

Postby Tatsuo » Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:00 pm

@Astus:

There is Gokuraku Jodo, a Japanese Buddhist Metal Band:

http://www.myspace.com/gokurakujodo :tantrum:
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