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Lions Roar : September 2015
artistic sensibilities—her preference for minimalism, for the unadorned. Space, for her, is as important as sound. The Prairies also affected her spiritually, lang tells me in an interview. “Emptiness—space—is a very positive thing to expe- rience,” says lang, “and it’s informed my being.” Lang always considered herself to be a Buddhist, even though she had only the murkiest idea of what that meant. “I grew up in a Christian family,” she explains. “I went to Sunday school and to church for years, but I never felt that it totally resonated with me. Innately, I started to wake up to the notion of reincarnation and think beyond the dualistic nature of heaven and hell.” Many Buddhists lay claim to lang’s 1992 hit “Constant Crav- ing,” which seems to express Buddhism’s second noble truth— that desire and attachment are the cause of suffering. Is this evidence of her innate connection to the dharma? According to lang, it isn’t. “I think ‘Constant Craving’ comes out of the expe- rience of being human,” she says. “The realm of desire is such a common theme in my music. I don’t know why. Maybe,” she laughs, “it’s because I like it so much.” Lang’s first real exposure to the dharma happened in the late nineties. She was going through a rough time in her life, and a friend sent her a copy of Pema Chödrön’s When Things Fall Apart. “I’m not an avid reader,” lang admits. “So to read Pema Chödrön’s book from front to back—and actually read it a couple of times—was an astonishing accomplishment. “Pema Chödrön was a strong link for me to find my connec- tion to dharma. She’s a bridge for Western society. There’s such clarity to the way she teaches—she’s an outstanding gift.” Lang yearned for a formal Buddhist practice and this, she believes, is what opened her up to encounter her teacher. Chö- dak Gyatso Nubpa Rinpoche, a lama in the Nyingma tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism, was married to lang’s product manager at Warner Brothers Records. As soon as they were introduced, lang felt drawn to him. She asked Lama Gyatso to be her teacher, and he agreed. K.D. LANG HAD TO get back to L.A., but there were no flights. The plan had been that she’d go straight to the Denver airport from her tour with Tony Bennett of “Swinging on a Star” fame and that she’d make it in plenty of time for her scheduled refuge ceremony, which would mark her formal commitment to the Buddhist path. Then 9/11 hit, and America was turned upside down. Every airplane in the country was grounded. In the end, lang got out of Denver on David Crosby’s bus and arrived in L.A.—nervous, tired, and exhilarated—with just an hour to spare. “I remember it with absolute clarity,” says lang. “A change of direction happens when you take refuge and become a practi- tioner. For me, it’s been about reassessing, reviewing, and repri- oritizing everything in my life. It’s been about revitalizing my morality and my relationship to cause and effect, meaning what Lang with her Buddhist teacher, the late Lama Chödak Gyatso Nubpa. Campers practice mindfulness by creating a community sand mandala, one colored grain of sand at a time. Teens at the Tools for Peace summer camp. TPF is dedicated to promoting social and emotional intelligence. PHOTOBYJUDITHQUINONESPHOTOCOURTESYOFTOOLSFORPEACEPHOTOCOURTESYOFTOOLSFORPEACE SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2015 52