Harvest Moon, Cinco de Mayo, and the Beastie Boys

This post is dedicated to the memory of Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, who passed away yesterday at the age of 47. He had been battling salivary gland and lymph node cancer for several years. He was one of the founding members of Beastie Boys, and he directed many of their videos under the moniker of Nathanial Hornblower. The Beastie Boys started out as a hardcore punk band inspired by the Bad Brains (which is where they derived their name), later expanding into hip hop and dance. They subsequently helped make rap music even more mainstream throughout the years.

As a practicing Buddhist, Adam founded the Milarepa Fund and also organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts. After 9/11, he and the Beastie Boys organized New Yorkers Against Violence, as a benefit concert for those victims who were least likely to recieve much help elsewhere.

As I noted in my last post, for many Buddhists today marks the observance of Vesak Puja because it is the first full moon of May. For many people in Mexico and the United States, today is also Cinco de Mayo which commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). So today is certainly an auspicious day for many throughout the world. But that isn’t all.

This full moon is also considered to be a “supermoon” or “harvest moon” because this is the closest point that the moon gets to the Earth on its elliptical orbit. This will make it bigger and brighter than at any other point of the year. But that is not the only thing that is happening in the night sky tonight. There will also be the Eta Aquarid meteor shower.

These meteors are actually fragments of Halley’s Comet and they tend to leave large streaks in the sky. However, the harvest moon may be bright enough to wash out any of the smaller meteors, so they may not be very easily detectable tonight. You will probably have a better chance of seeing the meteors a few hours before dawn. Regardless, there are plenty of reasons to keep your eyes on the night skies tonight.

The following video is of Adam Yauch performing Bodhisattva Vow live in 1994.

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About bodhipunk

Just another anarcho-commie dhamma punk.

Posted on 05/05/2012, in dukkha, holidays, science, stories and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It is nice to see a tribute like this. I have always liked their music. I did not know he was suffering from cancer. This is so sad. 😦 It seems like the good guys go first and it bugs me. (Try to accept stuff like this but it’s hard)

    Yes, there is a lot in one day. It’s weird how that works. It was pretty busy here in NM yesterday. Lots of parties.

    Thank you for all the teachings here. I like your blog because I learn a bit more each time I read, but your posts are short enough I can digest the information readily. ♥

    • Thank you so much for the comments! Yeah, I grew up listening to the Beastie Boys. I was heart broken by the news. It’s always sad to lose one of the good guys like him. He did so much for so many, so I am sure that his legacy will live on.

      I have to say that I honestly think you have one of the best blogs I’ve seen. It’s certainly one of the most inspirational blogs out there, which is why I had to nominate you in the other post. Keep it up!

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