BILLY CORGAN DISCUSSES HOW MEETING A BUDDHIST MONK HELPED LEAD HIM TO...

BILLY CORGAN DISCUSSES HOW MEETING A BUDDHIST MONK HELPED LEAD HIM TO GOD

In a new interview with Shambhala Sunspace, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed his spirituality.  Here is an excerpt:

A Rolling Stone article about the life and death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch made a fleeting reference to the presence of Buddhist monks at the Tibetan Freedom Concerts (organized by Yauch, and played by the Smashing Pumpkins and others) having an impact on you, pulling you from the brink of suicidal depression. What was it about them?

“There was one monk, sort of the head guy. He and I started having these daily conversations. He would call me aside and say, with a very happy, smiley face, “Why do you look so miserable?” I would complain about whatever was on my mind—the crowds, the band, the hazards of success—and he would laugh and say, “You know, it doesn’t have to be this way.” He never preached or tried to convert me to Buddhism or anything like that. He was, like a good teacher would, creating some curiosity.

Being raised a Catholic, I grew up with Jesus, but I recognized that there was more than one teacher. That monk lit the path for me; suddenly Jesus made more sense, and Eastern modality made more sense. It all started with those daily talks about just trying to be a little more conscious in my life and how I was creating my own misery.”

  • Yaddah

    So that’s why the shaved head stays…

  • Chris Cornhole

    When will this site get off of Billy Corgan’s dick?

  • white panty

    @chris cornhole. after feb.28, the papal coronation of dalai lama.

  • jesus

    this explains why his music sucks.

  • jesus

    yes I am a troll and I think vaginas are stinky

  • http://nemsworld.com Christine

    This must clearly be recent or he rejected a key principle, that being “if you can not do good for others, at least try to not harm”.

    Similar to the do onto others as you would have them do onto you or love thy neighbor as you would love yourself.

    There is a goal Yauch was seeking through knowledge of the bodhisattva prayer (and it’s explained in the lyrics of the song bodhisattva vow”) where you strive to not only enlighten yourself but seek to reach even further and take the pain of others onto yourself.

    This is based on the principle that we are all one so that which hurts one of us hurts all, and that which heals one of us heals all.

    I think Jesus had the same thing going on in the “when you hurt yourself you hurt me” space. I don’t remember the text at the moment.

    Billy has a lot of healing to do of his own given his interview schedule of 2012. He has not only been creating his own misery but misery for others verbally. At least he recognizes it (now).

    I hope he does something with it, minimally, musically.

  • http://nemsworld.com Christine

    In case you want the Yauch lyrics (RIP):

    As I develop the awakening 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 darma for their sisters and brothers

    I give thanks for this world as a place to learn
    And for this human body that I will have 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 that’s 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 or give me 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 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 my deepest fears
    So we can work to release them until they’re cleared Therefore, it only makes 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 buddhahood

    So I pledge here before everyone who’s listening
    To try 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

    (c) Beastie Boys Written by Adam Yauch

  • GwynnKatie

    Christine, very good dear. Namaste.

    “Being raised a Catholic, I grew up with Jesus, but I recognized that there was more than one teacher. That monk lit the path for me; suddenly Jesus made more sense, and Eastern modality made more sense. It all started with those daily talks about just trying to be a little more conscious in my life and how I was creating my own misery.”

    So — hopefully he will learn to focus on the times when he creates misery for others, and thus move more towards enlightenment.

    Peace

  • http://nemsworld.com Christine

    GwynnKatie, you’re very kind.

    I think most of us spend our time not even able to clear out or leave behind our own baggage, let alone being of any authentic, empathetic use to anyone else.

    Apathy and complacency kill. I try to ward off those, minimally. It’s not easy given the amount of it and how it spreads so easily.

    “..open up your years and clean out your eyes.
    If you learn to Love you’re in for a surprise.
    It can be nice to be Alive.” (Beasties)

  • GwynnKatie

    Christine said — “I think most of us spend our time not even able to clear out or leave behind our own baggage, let alone being of any authentic, empathetic use to anyone else.”

    Yes, I believe you are right.
    And yes — it can be nice to be Alive…

    Peace

  • NiceNcleaN

    Nice and calm everyone. Breathe in threw ya nose then out ya mouth it helps increase the oxygen.

  • Pingfah

    Jesus has always made sense to me. Smart bloke who knew a few magic tricks, was far enough ahead of his time to realise how gullible people are, decided to use his skills to make the world a nicer place, with varying results.

    What more is there to understand?