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If you were to think of integrating the principles of Zen Buddhism into music, punk rock would probably not be part of the equation. Philip Toshio Sudo, a musician and longtime practitioner of Zen, chose to play punk rock because "the technique is secondary to the passion and intensity of the performance." The type of music you prefer is not, however, what's important; what is important is the method Sudo has developed for bringing that passion and intensity to anything you want to learn. He learned through teaching guitar that the principles of Zen--being mindful of what you're doing, getting in tune, finding your place within the group, letting go of the outcome and following through--bring a deeper spiritual element into learning any craft. We all have a song we were born to sing, says Sudo and he offers us keys to call it forth; "If the song is strong enough, it will find a way to come out." (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Sudo began playing guitar as a child in Japan, developing what he was later to label his "Zen Guitar" teaching from performing in the streets, parks, and subways of New York City. In 1993, he became an official musician of the New York City Marathon.
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