Sonny Rollins

‘What I need to know is that being a person who understands that giving is better than getting is the proper way to live. Live your life now in a positive way. Help people if you can. Don’t hurt people. That works perfectly for me, man.’ (from a New York Times article)

For many years, my love of jazz was a sustaining part of my life. The years at Tassajara, where listening to music is discouraged most of the time, eased me away from that, though I still enjoy listening to old favourites, especially on long car journeys. I had a number of Sonny Rollins albums – and it may be that I saw him live in London in the eighties or nineties (I’m embarrassed that I can’t remember all the gigs I went to, though I did get to see some greats before they died – including McCoy Tyner, who has just died). Here he channels the Buddha as he summarises almost nine decades of lived wisdom.


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