Beastie Boys into Buddhism

Beastie Boys into Buddhism

At least one of the Beastie Boys is in Buddhism. Adam Yauch (AKA MCA)
of the infamous Beastie Boys rap/alternative group got interested in
Buddhism in 1981. That’s right, eighty-one! He talks in a Shamballa Sun
interview on how he came to Buddhism and how it has affected his

UPDATE: Adam Yaugh left us on May 2012 at the age of 47 years old.  He died of his cancer, which was diagnosed back in 2009.

Adam Vaugh of the Beastie Boys is into Buddhism

On How He Came To Buddhism

the article, Yauch says that he had always been interested in
spirituality. He first read a lot about Native American spirituality
and other religions and was greatly influenced by his teacher called
“Quentin”. Quentin was not Buddhist but spend years isolated in a log
cabin. A lot of the stuff he taught Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys was
very close to Buddhism though and when Yauch, himself of Jewish origin,
got acquainted with Buddhism while in Kathmandu, in around 1993.

he hung out with Tibetan people, Buddhists for the most part, and
really got interested in both their culture and their religion. He
says:”Tibetans in general are really centered in
the heart, coming from a real warm place. Real compassion. I think that
all of the years that Tibet spent focused on Buddhism kind of affected
the collective consciousness of Tibet and just kinda stayed in. It’s so
deeply inlaid in the culture.

It’s after
attending a conference given by the Dalai Lama at the university of
Arizona that he realized that Buddhism really made sense to him. It was
very similar to what his friend Quentin had been teaching him and it
was all written down for him to study.