Reflections on Music, Tina Turner and Overcoming Obstacles

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Today we’re speaking with Yuri Yamashita, of New York, about her career as a percussionist and how her Buddhist practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo helped her beat the odds and her own self-doubt to pave her own path in the industry. She was most recently the percussionist for the Tina Turner musical on Broadway, a remarkable coincidence because during moments of her own personal struggles, Tina Turner’s story and Buddhist practice was a great source of inspiration for Yuri.

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Cheat Sheet

1:08 How Yuri started chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

4:32 What brought her to New York

12:03 How chanting impacted her daily life

16:16 The challenges of being a freelance musician

22:05 Why Tina Turner’s story inspired her so much

32:11 Yuri’s favorite Buddhist concepts

39:12 Advice for young musicians or freelancers

References mentioned:

  • Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good, p. 107

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