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The University Buddhist Association of UCLA is an organization of students, faculty, and community members who come together to learn about and practice Buddhism. We're a non-sectarian Buddhist group that welcomes all Buddhists and non-Buddhist of all faiths and traditions.

If you're interested in learning more about the UCLA Buddhist community, please come to our meetings.

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633 Gayley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Rolling Stone: Chrissie Hynde

The Rolling Stone features an interview with Chrissie Hynde, the Pretenders singer, who talks about what she's been up as well as her new record Break Up the Concrete, the first Pretenders disc in six years.

Her first question refers to her album's opening line, Nam myoho renge kyo. Sound familiar? This is the same line that Amy Winehouse has currently adopted in her chanting practices. This line also makes other appearances in Western pop culture, such as The Simpsons and Boy Meets World.

Click here for my previous blog entry introducing the origin of this line.

"The opening line on your album is a Buddhist phrase, "Nam myoho renge kyo." Where did you learn that?

About 1971, this guy and I were hitchhiking through Canada. We thought we were John and Yoko. Somebody told us that if we got to Toronto, we should stay with this woman Georgia Ambrose, who held Buddhist ceremonies at her house. We called her and she said, "What sign are you?" "Well, we're both Virgos." And she goes, "Come over, I need some Virgo energy." When we got there, that's what they were chanting. It means, basically, that every drop that goes to the vein comes back to the heart.'"

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