As my coming Shambhala Sun feature on Buddhism-informed music sets out to show you, there’s an exciting, ever-widening world of such music out there. That being said, there are of course lots of artists and/or songs that might have been included but space wouldn’t allow it. In the case of rapper Macklemore and his 2009 single, “Vipassana”– which takes its name from the Pali word assigned to insight meditation, or “clear seeing,”– I just plain hadn’t heard about it until the issue was being wrapped up to go to the printer. Luckily, one of my fellow staffers’ hip high-school-age kids schooled me. You learn something new every day! From what I’ve put together so far, Macklemore isn’t a Buddhist but he does seem to have an introspective, contemplative side… You can check out the song here.
In that same article, you’ll read about another rapper, Born I Music, as well as the legendary jazz drummer Jerry Granelli, a whole array of dharma-informed musicians and album art, and lots more. That’ll be in our March magazine, which hits newsstands on February 1.
And if you’d like to learn more about vipassana, the meditation practice, click here for a great teaching from Bhante Gunaratana.