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A call from Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch for cancer-smashing good vibes

April 21, 2010 |  5:03 pm

At Coachella last weekend, Friday headliner Jay-Z blasted out the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" as his intro music. It got us thinking about Adam "MCA" Yauch, who announced last year that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Maybe Yauch felt our concern -- that is, the collective concern of many people on the Indio polo grounds who had the same thought. Members of the Beastie Boys fan club got an e-mail Tuesday morning from MCA asking fans to try out a meditation/positive visualization exercise:

wanted to send this out to you guys in case you were into it, or wanted to give it to anyone who you think might be.

a few friends and i are meditating at the same time twice a day. 9:30am and 6:30pm eastern standard time, for about an hour and half.

we are picturing smashing apart all of the cancer cells in the world.

we are visualizing taking the energy away from the cancer, and then sending it back at the cancer as lightening bolts that will break apart the DNA and RNA of the cells. if you have the time, please join us in whipping up this lightening storm. mind over matter...

Last July, the husky-voiced Beastie Boy announced in a video to fans that he had cancer in his salivary glands. He quickly underwent surgery and started radiation. Last year, he also switched to a vegan diet, traveled to India, met with Tibetan doctors and attended a three-day teaching with the Dalai Lama.

In early March, at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, where he was supporting two nominated films distributed by his film company, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Yauch told EW that he was on the upswing. “It was touch and go there for a while," he said, "but I am finally getting my energy back.”

Yauch has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist since the early '90s, but he realizes that his fans may utilize a variety of visualization techniques:

if you prefer to sit then sit, but if you are not used to meditating, or sitting quietly doesn't sound like fun, put on some music and dance while you do the visualization, and if you want to do it at some other time, or picture curing some other illness that's fine too. yoko will be joining the meditation by visualizing all of us dancing with joy to celebrate the world without cancer. all variations are welcome. this is really just being done with a wish for all beings to be cured of all illnesses and to find true lasting happiness. i'll also be saying prayers for the earthquake victims in tibet, so join in on that if you can too. please feel free to pass this onto anyone who you think may find it interesting. with all my love, adam yauch 

If anyone in L.A. wants to try to meditate in a formalized setting, here are a couple of good places that are recommended for the experienced and novice alike: the International Buddhist Meditation Center and Against the Stream.

The release of the Beasties’ new album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1," was delayed from last September due to Yauch’s diagnosis. Last word is that they hope to drop it in September. “It was really disappointing to have to hold the record and postpone the tour, but doctor’s orders," Yauch said to EW. "We may or may not [release the album] depending on how my health is come September. We want to, but we have to play it by ear.”

We've asked the Beastie Boys' representatives for a statement on Yauch's current state of health and will plug that into the post as soon as we have it.

In the meantime, put on "Paul's Boutique" and picture those cancer cells smashing apart.

-- Margaret Wappler

Photo: Adam Yauch at Oscilloscope Labs in Manhattan. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times