In this interview with San Francisco’s SFist, Herbie Hancock (a Nichiren Buddhist) says we’ve got to think positive.
“My viewpoint, Buddhism, includes a portion of what l learned from Miles [Davis]—Miles always said work on things, explore, think outside the box. And what Buddhism teaches is no matter what happens to you, no matter what you might experience in life there is always a way to find something positive, something that can move you forward. No matter what it is. Whether it is something that is painful or tragic, or whether it is something that is lovely and exhilarating. There is always a viewpoint that you can find that can have a positive effect on your life. So practicing really builds up the fundamental essence of your life. From the standpoint that there are really an infinite number of ways to look at things, and that is what I believe.”
Then and Now: The Definitive Herbie Hancock will be released September 23 on Verve.