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Jazz legend Herbie Hancock Receives Ben Franklin Award

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The 74-year-old musician is also a follower of Nichiren Buddhism, which adheres to the teachings of the Japanese monk Nichiren (1222–82). Followers of this branch of Buddhism, which is based on the Lotus Sutra, believe that as all beings possess an innate Buddha nature, it is possible to reach enlightenment in the present lifetime.

Their main method is meditation based on recitation of the mantra Nam myoho renge kyo, (literally meaning “I devote myself to the Lotus Sutra” Hancock’s first encounter with the philosophy was in 1972 when he heard the musical tones of Nam myoho renge kyo rendered into a bass guitar solo by a fellow band-mate.

On his website, he says: “Practicing Buddhism has brought sever...

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