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      Thumbs up Bodhisattva Vow by the Beastie Boys

      Was digging out some old-school music tonight when this song landed on my play list. Stunned by the lyrics to put it simply, I knew one of the Beastie Boys was Buddhist but I newer knew he wrote about it. Anyhow read on if you like



      Bodhisattva Vow by the Beastie Boys


      As I develop the awakened mind
      I praise the buddhas as they shine
      I bow before you as I travel my path
      To join your ranks, I make my full time task


      For the sake of all beings I seek
      The enlightened mind that I know I'll reap
      Respect to Shantideva and all the others
      Who brought down the dharma for the sisters and brothers


      I give thanks for this world as a place to learn
      And for this human body that I know I've earned
      And my deepest thanks to all sentient beings
      For without them there would be no place to learn what I'm seeing


      There's nothing here thats not been said before
      But I put it down now so that I'll be sure
      To solidify my own views
      And I'll be glad if it helps anyone else out too


      If others disrespect me and give my flack
      I'll stop and think before I react
      Knowing that they're going through insecure stages
      I'll take the opportunity to exercise patience


      I'll see it as a chance to help the other person
      Nip it in the bud before it can worsen
      A chance for me to be strong and sure
      As I think on the Buddhas who have come before


      As I praise and respect the good they've done
      Knowing only love can conquer hate in every situation
      We need other people in order to create
      The circumstances for the learning that we're here to generate


      Situations that bring up our deepest fears
      So that we can work to release them until they've cleared
      Therefore, it only make sense
      To thank our enemies despite their intent


      The Bodhisattva path is one of power and strength
      A strength from within to go the length
      Seeing others are as important as myself
      I strive for a happiness of mental wealth


      With the interconnectedness that we share as one
      Every action that we take affects everyone
      So in deciding for what a situation calls
      There is a path for the good of all


      I try to make my every action for that highest good
      With the altruistic wish to achieve buddahood
      So I pledge here before everyone who's listening
      To make my every action for the good of all beings


      For the rest of my lifetimes and*
      Even beyond I vow to do my best to do no harm
      And in times of doubt i can think on the dharma
      And the enlightened ones who've graduated Samsara
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      Love those lyrics ... they ring so true! Thank you, Peter, for sharing them with us!

      Well, naturally, you got me all curious as to how the Beastie Boys performed such sacred knowledge and wisdom, I skipped over to youtube for a peek and found only one rather schlocky and a bit hard to understand live version from 1994

      HA! 1994 (and the 90's in general) ... those were the days!



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      Thanks Peter for sharing this, it's very interesting to feel the strength of these lyrics.

      Polly thank you for looking up the video and post it here


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      wow, this is great! and, i needed to read those lyrics! thanks!

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      Quote Originally Posted by SoulChild View Post
      wow, this is great! and, i needed to read those lyrics! thanks!
      Hey there girl!! How wonderful to see you here in MW once again!! How have you been sweets!?! We've missed you!!
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      Hey You! welcome back
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