Saturday, June 26, 2010

k.d. lang turns inside out

Singer/songwriter, k.d. lang, recently opened up about how Buddhism has changed her life and the direction of her career. Below, is an excerpt from an article published in MyOutSpirit-Austin Magazine.

Melvin McLeod writes:
Melvin McLeod: Over the years, you’ve made passing references to Buddhism, but this is the first time you’ve discussed your Buddhist practice in detail. How long have you been a Buddhist?

k.d. lang: From a very early age I have considered myself to be a Buddhist. I don’t even know where that came from, it was just an innate feeling. I was also very interested in—and very sure of—the concept of reincarnation. Then the older I got and the more I learned about Buddhism, the more I felt at home with its principles and philosophy. I took refuge as a Buddhist about seven years ago, so it’s clearly something that I’ve kept relatively low key in the press. I don’t think it’s necessary or even helpful to advertise your practice of the dharma.

Melvin McLeod: Your song “Constant Craving” is a beautiful and accurate restatement of Buddhism’s first noble truth.

k.d. lang: I think “Constant Craving” just comes out of the experience of being human. The realm of desire is such a common theme in my music. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I like it so much. [Laughs]

Melvin McLeod: I have always been struck by your willingness to expose yourself in your music—your heart, your desires, your pain. That kind of openness and vulnerability, which takes courage, is a core dharma principle.

k.d. lang: I guess that’s been there. I would like to think I’ve always been Buddhist; it just took me a while to find my teacher.

Read full interview here.