Ah thank you Ajahn. Yes it was nice, it’s an annual interfaith music event I participate in as one of the Buddhist representatives. There are other groups, seem to be all modern forms like Triratna, some new Japanese ‘Buddhisms’, and then plenty of regular forms of other religions. I seem to always be the only one involved with either Early Buddhism or Tibetan Buddhism (though I’m there musically representing a form of Japanese Buddhism - anyone confused yet? )
I guess normal Buddhists aren’t involved perhaps because Buddhism doesn’t traditionally have much to do with music. I even explained to a Triratna man who came to ask me questions about Buddhist music afterwards, that I believe the Buddha advised his disciples to stay away from all music and other art forms that stimulate the senses, but also that that was because, in my opinion anyway, the Buddha’s training for his serious disciples was totally focused around jhāna training, and that in order to go into the non-sense sphere of jhāna, it helps to reduce our fascination with and attraction to the sense sphere. But also since almost all forms of Buddhism have totally rejected jhāna practice, this avoidance of music is not necessary. Or even for people who believe jhāna is the thing to do, but don’t do it for whatever reason - for them there’s also no need to avoid music in that case. So aside from jhāna, I think music, even training in music, can be very good. Personally I find that shakuhachi honkyoku (the music the playing of which seems to have been the main practice of the Fuke Shū (the branch of Buddhism this music comes from, and was abolished along with various other forms of Buddhism in the Meiji Buddhist persecution) to particularly require concentration and relaxation, the two factors so essential in initial meditation training. So I find it very useful as a supporting practice. Though not as a main practice, as some romantacists would take it as if it’s enough for enlightenment.
I also took the time to talk about death. I often do when I play shakuhachi. I know it is a taboo in Western countries, but, my own master (a yogi from the Drukpa Kargyu school of Tibetan Buddhism) said that Milarepa said that to do anything without remembering death is a waste of time. So I try to communicate that message, give the people an opportunity to contemplate their death, so as to reflect and make their life meaningful, bring it into accord with the knowledge of that fact of impermanence.
Many nice people from many traditions there. I especially like Sufi and Hindu music!
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Sorted! Thank you very much Ajahn.