the Jewish Buddhist

04 Sep

MinusCar is a biking blog I read sometimes. Think pedals and tight shorts, not V-twins and leather. I like his message (usually) and enjoy his writing style. His latest post shares a verse from Jewish Buddhist singer Leonard Cohen. I’m not familiar with Cohen, and don’t really know what a jewish buddhist is, but the verse was shared by one of my favorite authors and thinkers, Parker Palmer. I just recently listened to a podcast interview with Palmer on Krista Tippet’s Speaking of Faith. Maybe the same one mentioned on MinusCar, but I don’t remember the Cohen verse. Here it is, from his song Anthem:

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."

I had never heard of Cohen until today. I was so grabbed by the verse that I looked him up a bit. At first listen, his songs are a bit like I imagine first hearing Bob Dylan must be: an almost unpleasant singing voice that grows on you, with lyrics that open something in your soul and will simply not let go. There’s a movie about him, featuring Bono from U2. Here’s the trailer:

Love this: Cohen on becoming a buddhist monk: “You abandon your masterpiece and you sink into the real masterpiece.”

Grateful tip ‘o the bike helmet to MinusCar today.

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Posted by on September 4, 2009 in music, poetry


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