Adam Solomon said…
And isn’t it interesting, in a way, compared to Longing (6against4) on La Semana? I guess there isn’t meant to be a connection between the two songs, and I’m also guessing that Genpo’s title refers at least partially to the Buddhist philosophy of disattachment, which begs the question–where does the “longing” of the first song fit in? Longing in the verses, then release in the chorus, that’s what the liner notes say and that’s made obvious by the music itself. So what do we take from this? They don’t clash, I think–it’s not like the first song, about Longing, gives the wrong message, idealizing something that shouldn’t be. It shows simply that the happiness is achieved when the longing is let go of. I think both songs show that, then, and they differ in this way: “Longing” shows the happiness gained when longing is released by the achievement of the goal longed for, while “Silence…” shows the happiness from simply letting go of the longing.
Nicely said, Adam. I want to add that while letting go is an ongoing process, longing is simply a human quality. In other words, I think longing is built into our system. To rid yourself of longing altogether would mean ridding yourself of a part of your humanity.
Or, the natural process is longing and letting go, longing and letting go, rather than never longing. Whether it is longing for good health for yourself or for others, or longing for peace – or silence, it seems to me that it is a natural part of us. Now, to get attached to that longing is a whole other story! My Dharma name Zenho means letting go totally and I see that to be an ongoing process, not a goal to rest in permanently. Let go totally and then re-engage, because that seems to be what being human is about.
Or, let me try to say it in another way: to get attached to non-attachment is still attchment, yes?