If you Meet Jimi Hendrix Or The Buddha On The Road; Kill Them Both!

The Great Buddhist master Lin-chi once said: “If you meet the Buddha, kill him”. An iconoclastic riddle that is engineered to bring a sense of¬† originality in the thinker, Lin-chi goes right for the heart of a fatal habit that many people do: make deities out of celebrities.

In his time, the Buddha was a celebrity to every young aspiring monk and there was a bit of a cult of personality that eponymously¬† followed the man. However, the Buddha was a real person who walked this earth and came up with his own ideas about the nature of the mind, life, & death and can only be relevant to the criteria of his life’s version of truth. Lin-chi’s words were not psychopathic advice meant to inflame the youth, it was advice that was meant to keep the mind from wandering into ignorance though devotion.

I say the same thing about all of the modern heroes of guitar: If you meet them in practice, kill them! That’s right, destroy them in your mind as soon as the image is made and keep repeating this little mental exercise until you are free from the tyranny of comparison or divine adoration.Moreover, these thoughts start to fester and then the nasty part comes out: the comparisons of relevant artists to legends from a golden age. You see these posters all over the place with the same hipster jargon about how its a tragedy that artists A only made $X and sell out artist B makes double that or got more awards than artist A and quite frankly, it all needs to end. This type of behavior does not relate to practice or learning anything and it does not engender a proper space for studying any of these said legends.

Learn with an unfettered mind and move into the future without clinging to the past and your guitar playing will be set free. Sorry no tabs for this lesson, the message is more important