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songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby guyfromlouisiana » Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:52 am

I'm a lifelong fan of popular Western music. I've recently been inspired to make a playlist of secular Western songs that carry a message consistent with the Buddha. Here is what I have so far, culled from my own library. I'd appreciate suggestions and favorites of yours!

-Cat Stevens, Morning Has Broken: vaguely Christian, but focused on the beauty of the here and now. this song has centered me since I was quite young
-Flaming Lips, Do You Realize?: "do you realize that happiness makes you cry? do you realize that everyone you know one day will die?"
-George Harrison, All Things Must Pass: such a beautiufl song. "sunrise doesnt last all morning, the cloud burst doesnt last all day. seems my love is up and has left with no warning. it's not always going to be this gray"
-John Lennon, Watching the Wheels: "I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round. you know i love to watch them roll. no longer riding on the merry go round, i just had to let it go"
-Bob Dylan, "When You Gonna Wake Up": ok, this is very Christian, but most of the lyrics can apply to a Buddhist values, and the recurring verse is certainly consistent with Buddhism. such as, "you can't take it with you and you know it's too worthless to be sold. They tell you 'time is money' as if your life was worth it's weight in gold"
-Bob Dylan, "Mississippi": "every step of the way, we walk the line, your days are numbered so are mine. time is piling up, we struggle and we scrape, we're all boxed in nowhere to escape" /// another good passage: "well my ship's been split to splinters and its sinking fast, I'm drowing in the poison, I've got no future got no past. but my heart is not weary, it's light and its free, i've got nothing but affection for all those who've sailed with me". // this song is really more about world weariness than it is about any sort of enlightenment, but i find it very moving and centering
-Paul Simon, "Love is Eternal Sacred Light": "I’m just a raindrop in a bucket, A coin dropped in a slot. I am an empty house on Weed Street. Across the road from the vacant lot. You know life is what you make of it. So beautiful or so what"
-Simon & Garfunkel, "Leaves that are Green": "Once my heart was filled with love of a girl I held her close, but she faded in the night Like a poem I meant to write And the leaves that are green turn to brown And they wither with the wind And they crumble in your hand"
-REM, "Flowers of Guatemala": a beautiful, simple meditation on flowers that bloom at night. very centering for me.
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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby sattva » Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:48 am

hmmm...you can decide if they are consistent with the Dharma.



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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:07 am

How about Leonard Cohen, who spent the late 90s in a Zen monastery? Some of his poetry deals more explicitly with that experience (Book of Longing, 2006). His song lyrics often have a mixture of strong Jewish or Christian themes, along with a large dose of confessions of overindulgence, and broken relationships, but out of that mixture there are some Dhammic echoes:

Show me the place
Where the Word became a man
Show me the place
Where the suffering began
http://www.leonardcohen.com/us/node/2649


I to my side call the meek and the mild
You to your side call the Word
By virtue of suffering I claim to have won
You claim to have never been heard
http://www.leonardcohen.com/us/node/2656


There may be better examples, but these are from his latest album, Old Ideas (2012).

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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby purple planet » Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:25 am

Every time i decide to avoid music - i run into something like this that pushes me to it back
if it wasnt this it would have been another thing - my mind looks for excuses

anyway :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIGw2Wg88Ns

its your decision - your intention - your kamma


Time to change has come and gone
Watched your fears become your god
It's your decision
Overwhelmed, you chose to run
Apathetic to the stunned
It's your decision
You feed the fire that burned us all
When you lied
To feel the pain that spurs you on
Black inside
No one plans to take the path that brings you lower
And here you stand before us all and say it's over
It might seem an after thought
Yes it hurts to know you're bought
It's your decision
You feed the fire that burned us all
When you lied
To feel the pain that spurs you on
Black inside
It's your decision

It's your decision

No one plans to take the path that brings you lower
And here you stand before us all and say it's over

It's over
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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby chownah » Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:19 pm

I can't get no satisfaction by the Rolling Stones.
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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby guyfromlouisiana » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:51 pm

I Can't Get No Satisfaction! Perfect!! I was thinking of it more as a "yeah, well that's because you're a dumb materialist" song, but I suppose that's the point of it? Definitely adds some energy to these other songs.

Also, the Beach Boys song is beautiful!

What do you guys think of the Van Morrison song Enlightenment? Seems like he didn't bother learning a whole lot before he went on and wrote a song about it... It's funny in that way. And he named the entire album Enlightenment!
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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby Monkey Mind » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:05 pm

Check out this album: Dhamma Gita. Has 2 tracks that are Country-Western & Dhamma-ish:
http://morethansound.net/shop/dhamma-gi ... uf_RXg76c0

Although Johnny Cash's country-western music has a persistent Christianity theme, some of his songs could be considered Dhamma-ish. Someone started a thread somewhere on DW, but I remember two songs off the top of my head: "In Your Mind" and "God's Gonna Cut You Down."
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as others are, so am I."
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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby Feathers » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:08 pm

[url]Bon Jovi - Welcome to Wherever You Are[/url]

Doh! Been a long day . . . let's try that again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3zcypsjO8o
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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby barcsimalsi » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:15 am

After forever - semblance of confusion

As the light's becoming more fierce and the heat is melting your heart
The fire is awakening there's an ancient fear we all know
Ominous, misleading, get entangled in yourself

It's a feeling, creeps up, deep within
Sweet taste of innocence forgotten
A semblance of confusion
The strength I need is now flowing away
The choking feeling obstructs everything

So erratic in search for the truth
The pain is strong and persists
Silence was just a diversion to come out on the hard truth again
Leaving this world of illusions seen through the eyes of the innocent
Confronted with the infinity of chaos, forcing you to rearrange

When your litanies are unheard
Phantasm becomes coldly real
There's a thin line between the world of illusion and reality
A purgatoric trip through the mirrors within you
Unconsciousness beholden

Fear to face pass the border of pain, that burning contagion
To break, conquer and find lost beauty
Rinse, the penance is over
I know now where to find the answer
Confronting unconsciousness
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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby purple planet » Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:16 pm

almost forgot :

right action - franz ferdinand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqTsUtQLRFk
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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby Monkey Mind » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:27 pm

Reading this thread, I realize that I assumed "Western music" meant "country-western", and no one else seems to have made the same assumption. :jumping: :rofl:
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Re: songs consistent with the dhamma

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:41 pm

Something that I play and listen to during meditation once, if not twice, daily.

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