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Lions Roar : Nov 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2007 101 HEY LOU, TAKE A WALK ON THE MILD SIDE In 1975, Lou Reed reached the heights of his own infamy with the release of Metal Machine Music, a double LP— remember those?—of nothing but buzzing, screeching, loopy guitar feedback. Composed and recorded in what must have been the most speed-drenched episode of the musician’s life, MMM was met with equal parts adoration and revulsion. These days, though, the always adventur- ing Reed is not nearly so divisive. Hence, Hudson River Wind Meditations, his new album of “meditation music.” Reed’s songwriting has been famously reflective throughout most of his career (Metal Machine Music aside), but HRWM marks a true departure. The album’s four wordless tracks were originally recorded by Reed to aid him in his tai chi and meditation practices. His newest teacher is Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, though Reed is careful not to call himself a Buddhist. Explaining his relationship to Mingyur Rinpoche, author of The Joy of Living, Reed told the London Times: “He teaches Buddhist philos- ophy, so I’m a student of Buddhist philosophy. If he was teaching table tennis I would learn that.” However he does or doesn’t describe himself, it’s exciting to see Lou’s world and art continue to expand, especially to a longtime fan such as myself. Hopefully, he’ll put his newest insights into lyrics next. BY ROD MEA DE SPERRY FROM THE WORST HORSE’S MOUTH TAKING IT TO THE STREETS Graffiti has come a long way since the days when New York mayor Ed Koch called it “a plague on society.” Lawmakers aside, many are now aware that, with the right intention, graffiti can be beautiful, meaningful, and fun. Graff writer Gomyo knows something about right intention. A Buddhist priest living in Japan, he’s working to bring the dharma to the streets through a move- ment he calls “Hoodie Monks.” Composed of four like-minded ordained Buddhists, the HMs are concerned with incorporating Buddhist thought not just into graffiti, but into each of the other forms of hip-hop expression: dance, rap, and dj’ing. Also rocking the right intention is Dolla. With his “Dolla Lama” street-art campaign, he’s mak- ing His Holiness the Dalai Lama ubiquitous in a whole new arena. “Some people love the message and some see what I do as a cheap gimmick,” he says. “But angering people is not my intention. First and foremost, I am spreading the wisdom of the Dalai Lama.” BUDDHA BLING! PART 1 Designer Diane von Furstenberg, along with jeweler H. Stern, has launched a new line of “Sutra” jewelry. Selections range from $1,300 earrings to a $215,000 “18k white gold link bracelet pave-set with approximately 4,400 colored stones—rubies, sapphires, blue topazes, peridots, garnets and amethysts.” What, besides all those rocks, makes these “Sutra” pieces? The answer lies in von Furstenberg’s inclusion of a Tibetan “love knot ” on each of the baubles. Lest anyone think that the designer is only interested in cashing in, she told women’s lifestyle website DivineCaroline, “I engraved the Sutra bracelet with all of my sutras. I meditate with it in the morning.” Her “sutras”: Harmony, integrity, peace, abundance, love, knowledge, laughter, freedom, and creativity. Looks like this is one practice that’s paying off, big-time. NOV 78-103.indd 101 NOV 78-103.indd 101 8/29/07 2:24:17 PM 8/29/07 2:24:17 PM