Herbie Hancock on Buddhism and Creativity

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock talks about how Buddhism has “absolutely and positively” affected how he looks at everything in a lecture for Harvard University in 2014.

Herbie Hancock speaking in a lecture about Buddhism and Creativity

Herbie Hancock is one of my all-time favourite jazz musicians, loitering around 2nd or 3rd place with Bill Evans but behind Miles Davis. His music has transcended more eras and genres than I can count on both hands but he has always remained true to his art and his being.

In a Harvard University lecture at Mahindra Humanities Center in 2014, he discussed his Buddhist beliefs and how they contributed to his life’s work:

Buddhism doesn’t write the notes for me but it absolutely and positively affects how I look at everything. Buddhism is uncovering and leading a creative life and, in the process, establishing your own story, A common viewpoint holds that one’s destiny is predetermined by external forces. However, the practice of Buddhism can break through that notion and carve out the kind of life where you’re the author of your book and not the co-author or a character in someone else’s story.

This is the 5th lecture from a series which you can watch on YouTube and I recommend that you do.

Herbie Hancock: Buddhism and Creativity | Mahindra Humanities Center
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