Musical Zendo

The following 15 tracks are from an imaginary mix CD. They are in alphabetical order and all have something in common. They have the Buddha nature.

10,000 Maniacs – Like the Weather
Belly – Red
Depeche Mode – Strangelove
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Happy When it Rains
Love And Rockets – Kundalini Express
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up
Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation
R.E.M. – Driver 8
Shriekback – Achtung
The Stone Roses – Elephant Stone
Suzanne Vega – Marlene on the Wall
They Might Be Giants – Lie Still, Little Bottle
Tool – Sober
Ultra Vivid Scene – Three Stars
Violent Femmes – Please Do Not Go

Your task is to try to discern what gives a song the Buddha nature or not. To do so, suggest another song and I will tell you whether or not it has the Buddha nature. You can also try and outright guess the Rule. (But if you don’t know it, it’s more fun to figure it out by suggesting songs.)

Good luck, young grasshopper.

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36 Responses to Musical Zendo

  1. Jeff says:

    Montrose — Rock Candy

  2. Dave says:

    “Rock Candy” does not have the Buddha nature.

    (Incidentally, the Rule has nothing to do with the fact that these are older songs.)

  3. blasterhappy says:

    Candlebox – Far Behind
    Pink Floyd – On The Turning Away
    Led Zeppelin – Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

  4. Dave says:

    Candlebox – Far Behind
    Pink Floyd – On The Turning Away
    Led Zeppelin – Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

    Alas, none of these songs have the Buddha nature.

  5. Nigel says:

    Donnie Iris – Love is like a Rock.

  6. Dave says:

    Donnie Iris – Love is like a Rock.

    This song does not have the Buddha nature.

  7. April says:

    Dave, why have you set up this puzzle to torment me? Don’t you know I’m supposed to be writing a critical article on a Native American novel from the 1930s? And btw, doesn’t everything by definition contain the Buddha nature?

  8. Mrs. Mancer says:

    April–You’re making my mistake… Don’t put too much significance on the phrase “Buddha nature.”

  9. Dave says:

    And btw, doesn’t everything by definition contain the Buddha nature?

    Mu.

  10. blasterhappy says:

    I Can’t Stop My Leg – Robert Klein

  11. Jeff says:

    Robert Plant’s entire _Now and Zen_ album.

  12. Stewart says:

    Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
    Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of

  13. Dave says:

    I Can’t Stop My Leg – Robert Klein

    This humble one is unable to discern whether or not this song has the Buddha nature.

    Robert Plant’s entire _Now and Zen_ album.

    Only one song here has the Buddha nature.

    Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

    This song has the Buddha nature.

    Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of

    This song does not.

  14. Kurt says:

    Michael Giacchino – Bob vs. The Omnidroid
    Lismore – Cherry Bomb

  15. Dave says:

    Michael Giacchino – Bob vs. The Omnidroid
    Lismore – Cherry Bomb

    Neither song has the Buddha nature.

  16. Kurt says:

    Colour me stumped by Splurvy McClueless.

  17. Anarkey says:

    Nemesis by Shriekback
    Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
    Where Your Eyes Don’t Go TMBG
    Start Wearing Purple Gogol Bordello

  18. Sean says:

    Wake Up – Hillary Duff or/and
    Wake Up – Arcade Fire

  19. Dave says:

    Anarkey and Sean, the tracks you stated do not have the Buddha nature.

    I assure you that every band mentioned so far has at least one song with the Buddha nature, most of them many more. The Arcade Fire, for example, has two.

  20. Sean says:

    Argle bargle.

    I think I understand the puzzle but am unfamiliar with songs that represent the nature itself. Although I could be entirely wrong since I do not know all the songs on the list I see clear correlations between the ones I do recognize. I’ll try one more and if this does not than I will accept Grasshopper status.

    Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes (Yes I listen to Jack Johnson, sue me)

  21. Dave says:

    Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes

    This track has the Buddha nature.

  22. Anarkey says:

    Not a Crime by Gogol Bordello

  23. Dave says:

    Not a Crime by Gogol Bordello

    This track has the Buddha nature.

  24. pronoblem says:

    Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime

  25. Dave says:

    Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime

    This does not have the Buddha nature.

  26. pronoblem says:

    Public Domain – Itsy Bitsy Spider

  27. Dave says:

    Public Domain – Itsy Bitsy Spider

    It saddens this unworthy one that he is unable to determine the existence of the Buddha nature for this song.

  28. pronoblem says:

    One more then I give up…

    Gene Kelly – Singin’ in the Rain

  29. Kurt says:

    After some careful meditation . . .

    The following songs have the nature:
    Rush – YYZ
    Sir MixALot – Gold
    Alison Krause – Rain Please Go Away

  30. pronoblem says:

    actually… if Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm fits the pattern that I am up the wrong tree.

  31. Dave says:

    pronoblem, you are indeed “up the wrong tree.” Singing in the Rain does not have the Buddha nature.

    After some careful meditation . . .

    The following songs have the nature:
    Rush – YYZ
    Sir MixALot – Gold
    Alison Krause – Rain Please Go Away

    Kurt’s meditation has paid off. All three of these tracks have the Buddha nature!

  32. Kurt says:

    Three. It’s a magic number.

    And if it’s the 3rd track, it’s the Buddha Nature.

  33. Dave says:

    Kurt, you have achieved enlightenment.

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