Picture Perfect Moment: MCA with the Dalai Lama

The Beastie Boys founding member, Adam “MCA” Yauch passed away on Friday at just 47- years-old after a three year battle with cancer of the salivary gland. Many around the world were familiar with his music, but did you know the rocker was also involved in the Buddhist community? Before he passed, MCA was vocal about the role spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism played in his recovery.

According to the Huffington Post, Yauch once sent an email to his fans asking them to meditate with a collective intention to “smash apart all the cancer cells of the world:”

A few friends and I are meditating at the same time twice a day. 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. eastern standard time, for about an hour and half. We are picturing smashing apart all of the cancer cells in the world. We are visualizing taking the energy away from the cancer, and then sending it back at the cancer as lightning bolts that will break apart the DNA and RNA of the cells. If you have the time, please join us in whipping up this lightening storm. Mind over matter.


Yauch also spoke openly about what drew him to Buddhism as a spiritual path, and in particular why he felt so inspired by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. In Yauch’s words,
The feeling I get from the rinpoches and His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] and Tibetan people in general. The people that I’ve met are really centered in the heart; they’re coming from a real clear, compassionate place. And most of the teachings that I’ve read about almost seem set up to distract the other side of your brain in order to give your heart center a chance to open up. In terms of what I understand, Buddhism is like a manual to achieve enlightenment—there are these five things and these six things within the first thing, and all these little subdivisions. And despite all of that right-brain information, it’s very heart-centered. At least that’s the feeling I get from the Tibetans. Also the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism have been passed down for a long time now. They have that system pretty well figured out.

Thanks to Jason at MindBodyGreen for the great picture.