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Dhamma related Music

Postby christopher::: » Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:24 am

There are a lot of songs that relate to the dhamma in some manner, sometimes on purpose, or just coincidentally. This song by the Grateful Dead was my mantra for years as i was struggling thru grad school. With the exception of the reference to God in one line i think it resonates well with the Buddha's teachings. The title is pretty auspicious as well, lol.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AkEDF_gvai0

*THE WHEEL*

The wheel is turning
and you can't slow down

You can't let go
and you can't hold on

You can't go back
and you can't stand still

If the thunder don't get you
then the lightning will


Won't you try just a little bit harder?
Couldn't you try just a little bit more?
Won't you try just a little bit harder?
Couldn't you try just a little bit more?

Round round robin run around
Gotta get back where you belong
Little bit harder, just a little bit more
Little bit farther than you than you've gone before

The wheel is turning
and you can't slow down

You can't let go
and you can't hold on

You can't go back
and you can't stand still

If the thunder don't get you
then the lightning will


Small wheel turn by the fire and rod

Big wheel turn by the grace of God
Everytime that wheel turn round
bound to cover just a little more ground


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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby Ben » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:41 am

Hi Chris

Some of the lyrics on Bob Dylan's recent album Modern Times appear to be Dhammic at times.
Here's an example...

When the Deal Goes Down

In the still of the night, in the world's ancient light
Where wisdom grows up in strife
My bewildering brain, toils in vain
Through the darkness on the pathways of life
Each invisible prayer is like a cloud in the air
Tomorrow keeps turning around
We live and we die, we know not why
But I'll be with you when the deal goes down

We eat and we drink, we feel and we think
Far down the street we stray
I laugh and I cry and I'm haunted by
Things I never meant nor wished to say
The midnight rain follows the train
We all wear the same thorny crown
Soul to soul, our shadows roll
And I'll be with you when the deal goes down

The moon gives light and shines by night
I scarcely feel the glow
We learn to live and then we forgive
O'er the road we're bound to go
More frailer than the flowers, these precious hours
That keep us so tightly bound
You come to my eyes like a vision from the skies
And I'll be with you when the deal goes down

I picked up a rose and it poked through my clothes
I followed the winding stream
I heard the deafening noise, I felt transient joys
I know they're not what they seem
In this earthly domain, full of disappointment and pain
You'll never see me frown
I owe my heart to you, and that's sayin' it true
And I'll be with you when the deal goes down

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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:23 am

Hi All
How about this one?

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QpvwxK7F2BI

Affirmation lyrics

I believe the sun should never set upon an argument

I believe we place our happiness in other people's hands

I believe that junk food tastes so good because it's bad for you

I believe your parents did the best job they knew how to do

I believe that beauty magazines promote low self esteem

I believe I'm loved when I'm completely by myself alone



I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned

I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned

I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side

I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye



I believe you can't control or choose your sexuality

I believe that trust is more important than monogamy

I believe your most attractive features are your heart and soul

I believe that family is worth more than money or gold

I believe the struggle for financial freedom is unfair

I believe the only ones who disagree are millionaires



I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned

I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned

I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side

I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye



I believe forgiveness is the key to your unhappiness

I believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed

I believe that God does not endorse TV evangelists

I believe in love surviving death into eternity



I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned

I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned

I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side

I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
With Metta
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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby christopher::: » Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:25 pm

Excellent additions, gentlemen!!

~Namaste
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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:01 pm

Greetings,

I find much of Donovan's music is Dhamma-compatible. He was inspired by Zen, 'Beatnik Buddhism' and was a poster child for the flower power generation... so this is no surprise really. General rule of thumb though is that the more preachy Donovan got, the less interesting his actual music got. There are a few exceptions to that rule though.

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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby Dhammanando » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:46 pm

I don't listen to music now, but one favourite when I was a layman was Shakespeare's Sonnet 129 (his most dhammic sonnet) for piano duo and soprano, by Dutch composer Boudewijn Tarenskeen.


    Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
    Is lust in action: and till action, lust
    Is perjur'd, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
    Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;
    Enjoy'd no sooner but despised straight;
    Past reason hunted; and no sooner had,
    Past reason hated, as a swallow'd bait,
    On purpose laid to make the taker mad:
    Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
    Had, having, and in quest, to have extreme;
    A bliss in proof,— and prov'd, a very woe;
    Before, a joy propos'd; behind a dream.
    All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
    To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby Ben » Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:54 am

Dhammanando wrote:
    All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
    To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.


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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby stuka » Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:52 am

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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:57 am

Greetings stuka,

stuka wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtYBQXIeLRw


Jesus Jones... good call.

That song was from the album Doubt, which now that I think about it, had a cover that uncannily resembles the :twisted: emoticon

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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby stuka » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:47 am

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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby stuka » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:58 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itBBHYlxHdU

My brothers sing about the kilesas:

Fear, Hate, Envy, and Jealousy.


Neville Brothers

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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby thecap » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:14 pm

Greetings,

I personally think music is always dhamma related, in one way or the other. It's like asking, what in life is related to dhamma?
For instance, when I hear these songs I hear
Dukkha: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Tluogv9EGTQ
Samudaya: http://youtube.com/watch?v=PIkWJZf33UY
Nirodha: http://youtube.com/watch?v=wP2St84C1tE
Mārga: http://youtube.com/watch?v=HDtYCuXBnLs
etc
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0SlDIRV7Rt0
http://youtube.com/watch?v=jf2YGbTjAGc
But perhaps, I'm biased or deluded. :oops:
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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby thecap » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:52 pm

This little instrumental is dedicated to the Buddha-Dhamma: http://www.box.net/shared/u3846rkrya
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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:48 pm

These lyircs are from the song The First Noble Truth by the metal band Shadows Fall:

The First Noble Truth

As reality washes away the faded memories of daylight
This is my escape
Realization of my mind's own deceit
Perception Slips away
Lulled into a fools paradise
Words mislead again
the agony of imaginary sins and fears
truth of suffering
Buried dreams that shadow me, I feel it's all been wasted (Dreams that shatter me)
Break my dreams to free my soul because I won't even notice (Dreams to free my soul)
Disintegration of the ego with this mind creates
False idea of self
The cessation of continuity and becoming
True enlightenment
Buried dreams that shadow me, I feel it's all been wasted (Dreams that shatter me)
Break my dreams to free my soul because I won't even notice (Dreams to free my soul)
Someone free me from heaven torn asunder
full of empty promises to be there if I wonder (Alone and wandering)
Will not remain enslaved
This world's transparency
I see right through
I walk alone
As reality washes away the faded memories of daylight
This is my escape
Realization of my mind's own deceit
Perception Slips away
Buried dreams that shadow me, I feel it's all been wasted (Dreams that shatter me)
Break my dreams to free my soul because I won't even notice (Dreams to free my soul)
Someone free me from heaven torn asunder
full of empty promises to be there if I wonder (Alone and wandering)
Extinction of thirst
Extinction of desire
Extinction of hatred
Extinction of illusion
This is absolute.
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby pererin » Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:33 pm

An Ubhal as Airde

Comhla rium
A tha thu an drasd
Mo shuilean duinte,
mo chuimhne dan
Nam sheasamh a' coimhead
Gach cnoc is gach traigh
Is an siol a dh'fhag thu ann a 'fas

Tha an garradh lan
Le craobhan treun
Le meas a' fas dhuinn ann ri bhuain
Ubhlan abaich
Milis geur
Ach tha aon ubhal
nach ruig sinn idir air

Seididh gaoth is dearrsaidh grian
Tro mheas nan craobhan lin gu lin
Ach thig an la is thig an t-am
Airson an ubhal as airde
Air a' chraobh a bhuain

Is co 'nar measg
A mhaireas la
Seachad air am is air oidhche fhein
A liuthad uair
A shreap mi suas
Airson an ubhal as airde
chur gu beul

Seididh gaoth is dearrsaidh grian
Tro mheas nan craobhan lin gu lin
Ach thig an la is thig an t-am
Airson an ubhal as airde
Air a' chraobh a bhuain

--oOo--

The Highest Apple

At present
All you were is with me
My eyes closed, my memory confident
Standing here watching
Each hill and shoreline
With the seed you left
Still growing

The garden is well stocked
With mighty trees
With fruit growing for the whole world
Ripe, sweet
And bitter apples
And the one apple
That is beyond reach

The winds will blow
And the sun will shine
From generation to generation
Through the trees of the garden
But the day and the hour
Will surely come
To take the highest apple
From the knowledge tree

Who amongst us
Can exist a single day
Beyond our own time and our own limits
Countless and futile
Are times I've climbed
To reach and taste
The highest apple

The winds will blow
And the sun will shine
From generation to generation
Through the trees of the garden
But the day and the hour
Will surely come
To take the highest apple
From the knowledge tree

--oOo—


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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby Ben » Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:43 pm

When the deal goes down

Bob Dylan

In the still of the night, in the world's ancient light
Where wisdom grows up in strife
My bewildering brain, toils in vain
Through the darkness on the pathways of life
Each invisible prayer is like a cloud in the air
Tomorrow keeps turning around
We live and we die, we know not why
But I'll be with you when the deal goes down

We eat and we drink, we feel and we think
Far down the street we stray
I laugh and I cry and I'm haunted by
Things I never meant nor wished to say
The midnight rain follows the train
We all wear the same thorny crown
Soul to soul, our shadows roll
And I'll be with you when the deal goes down

Well, the moon gives light and it shines by night
When I scarcely feel the glow
We learn to live and then we forgive
Over the road we're bound to go
More frailer than the flowers, these precious hours
That keep us so tightly bound
You come to my eyes like a vision from the skies
And I'll be with you when the deal goes down

Well, I picked up a rose and it poked through my clothes
I followed the winding stream
I heard the deafening noise, I felt transient joys
I know they're not what they seem
In this earthly domain, full of disappointment and pain
You'll never see me frown
I owe my heart to you, and that's saying it's true
And I'll be with you when the deal goes down
"One cannot step twice into the same river, nor can one grasp any mortal substance in a stable condition, but it scatters and again gathers; it forms and dissolves, and approaches and departs."

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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby puthujjana » Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:46 pm

I've just stumbled over this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev7Yz5Pm ... annel_page

It's awesome: a crocodile dressed like a cowboy sings meditation instructions... :jumping:

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Re: Dhamma related Music

Postby pink_trike » Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:24 pm

This performance by Keith Jarrett:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPqK1JJOFxw

...which I see as an exercise in self-less concentration.

...and his Koln concert (if you ever get a chance, listen to the entire concert) with it's cyclical overlapping rhythms that repetitively rise and fall away, and that layer/ alternate chaos and exquisitely beautiful balance - as if mirroring the tendency of moment in the mind. Uncertain, at times uncomfortable, and beautiful. One man, one piano.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzqMJWlKMsY
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Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

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