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The inspiration of David Jones/David Bowie

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If physical death is but an artificial distinction — as my teacher Jun Yasuda told me — it still is a chance to reflect about the person who has left his or her body.

Striking things about the talk about David Bowie after his January 10 passing include how the mainstream media (for instance the New York Times and local WTOP radio) have embraced him as a musical icon, and in so doing have helped make further strides for accepting sexual orientation and the choice of multiple sexual partners (as previously confirmed by Bowie about his life before meeting Iman) as nothing more nor less than a choice for one to make for himself or herself, and for seeing supposedly outlandish and harmless behavior (for instance Bowie’s costumes and makeup during his Ziggy Stardust period) also as one’s own choice of personal or artistic expression.

Here is what has inspired and interested me about David Bowie, born David Jones-

Every time I hear  “Space Oddity” (apparently a play on the 2001-A Space Odyssey title), it gives me wonderful pause and fascination.

  • Among his other songs I like the best are “Ashes to Ashes”, “Stay“, “Under Pressure“, and “All the Young Dudes“. Bowie was a true artist who constantly moved forward rather than stagnating.
  • Bowie purportedly took his last name from “bowie knife” in 1965. Perhaps the knife idea relates to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s concept of cutting through spiritual materialism, as Bowie was influenced by Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1960’s.
  • Bowie purportedly came close to becoming a Buddhist monk, but a Buddhist teacher advised him not to become a monk, and to pursue his music. (Check out his “Buddha of Suburbia” song.)
  • Lama Chime Rinpoche was one of Bowie’s early Buddhist teachers. During his life, Bowie apparently also explored numerous other spiritual avenues beyond Buddhism.


Deeply thanking and bowing to David Bowie.