Pop Goes the Buddha [Video].

Via Angela Raines
on Oct 27, 2010
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Gangster Zen and a Buddhist Bartender

I came across this recently—a Buddhist monk who raps about the sutras, and a place called “The Monk Bar” where people get their cocktails with a sidecar of dharma. I have to admit, “Mr. Happiness” has a certain nondual cool about him:


Zen has been incredibly transformative in my life, so I’m keen on sharing it in approachable, effective ways. But I have to wonder if some of the content of such a message gets lost in overly “pop” or “lite” versions. The same question is often raised (on this site and elsewhere) about yoga and other contemplative forms.

What do you think? How important is the congruence of the form of a message with its content? Is there something about a garish or “hip” delivery that’s contrary to mindfulness? And what about booze? Is there something off about cultivating an association between the “awakened” mind and the intoxicated state?

Post your thoughts below!


About Angela Raines

Angela Raines hails from "America's most dangerous city," St. Louis, MO. She recently moved to Boulder, CO (as one does) to write, do yoga, and sit. So far, this has worked out beyond her wildest dreams. She completed an editorial internship at Elephant Journal and still writes for them when Waylon reminds her. She landed a job at the company of her dreams, Integral Life, and is currently putting her third-person writing skills to work in her own online writing business, Conscious Copywriting. Her main teachers are Jun Po Roshi and Ken Wilber. She is an enthusiast of all things yogic, contemplative, and chocolate.


One Response to “Pop Goes the Buddha [Video].”

  1. Chloe says:

    A lot of people find inspiration in song lyrics, why shouldn't they be able to find a path to enlightenment, too? Great video!