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Buddhist Monks' Breakdance in Honor of Beastie Boys’ MCA

People gathered in New York City this past weekend for ”MCA Day,” where people honor Adam “MCA” Yauch, a member of the rap group the Beastie Boys. The 47-year-old Yauch died on May 4, 2012 after a long battle with salivary gland cancer.

Four men in particular made the occasion noteworthy when they paid homage to Yauch and his Buddhist beliefs by breakdancing to the Beastie Boys song “Ch-Check It Out” while dressed as Buddhist monks. Go ahead and imagine what that looks like, then multiply it by awesome, and you’ll get this video.

Breakdancing is hard enough, let alone doing it in costume. The dancers (Franklin Chen, Jason Ng, Erich Reyes, and Stephen Pyo) deserve serious respect for their skills. Give it to them by watching this video again and again. It’s worth it.

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I never considered "Check It Out" Buddhist -- am I missing something?


Personal life:

Yauch was a practicing Buddhist.[14] He became an important voice in the Tibetan independence movement.[15] [16] He created the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to Tibetan independence, and organized several benefit concerts to support the cause, including the Tibetan Freedom Concert.[6] [11] [17]

Yauch was also a strong supporter of feminism and LGBT rights, apologizing for early lyrics which he retroactively deemed offensive. In 1999, the Beastie Boys sent a letter to Time Out New York apologizing for homophobic lyrics, and in their song "Sure Shot" Yauch sings "I want to say a little something that’s long overdue/ The disrespect to women has got to be through/ To all the mothers and sisters and wives and friends/ I want to offer my love and respect to the end."[6] [18]

In 1995, while attending a speech by the Dalai Lama at Harvard University, he met his wife, Tibetan American Dechen Wangdu. They married in 1998 and also had a daughter, Tenzin Losel, in the same year."

He met his wife thanks to the Dalai Lama! Wow!!

And I had no idea "Sure Shot" is about respect.

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