If you happened to be walking around New York City's Union Square on Friday, you may have noticed something unusual: four 'Tibetan monks' breakdancing! (The performers were dressed as monks, but we haven't been able to confirm their identities.)
The performers were honoring late Beastie Boys founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch, who passed away at age 47 on May 4, 2012 after a three-year battle with cancer.
The dancers were celebrating not only a musical talent, but a Buddhist who voiced ongoing support for Tibetan independence, even organizing a Tibetan Freedom Concert in the '90s to bring worldwide awareness to the struggle.
As the Brooklyn-born musician told Rolling Stone in a 1998 interview, "On a second trip to Nepal, I met some Tibetans and I started getting interested in Tibetan Buddhism. Then I went to a teaching the Dalai Lama gave, and he was amazing. From about '92 on, I studied Tibetan Buddhism exclusively. I became a Buddhist around '96."
In the wake of Yauch's passing, fans have put together MCA Day celebrations around the anniversary of his death. This year was the third such celebration.
But we weren't expecting breakdancing monks at the party! What a fun and beautiful way to honor this musical humanitarian's legacy!
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