08/24/01

Herbie's Love Bug

How does Herbie Hancock get the love and give the love? From practicing Nichiren Buddhism, which gives the keyboardist/composer a sense of happiness and inner peace—and probably even the title to the first song, “Wisdom,” on his upcoming drum ’n’ bass album, Future 2 Future (Transparent Music).

Hancock makes his love for the Buddha known in The Buddha in Your Mirror (Middleway Press) by Woody Hochswender, Greg Martin and Ted Morino, where he writes the book’s forward. “The realities of the jazz life (and I’m sure it’s the same for many occupations) are not easy. It takes a lot of strength, physical and spiritual, to tour constantly,” Hancock writes. “In the midst of life’s stark realities, on both the professional and personal levels, it has been the profound, yet easy-to-grasp philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism that has sustained me for some 29 years.”

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