Meet Boxi, Japan’s new, clergy-led rock band

There’s much breadth and fun to be found in the realm of modern Buddhist music. (For lots more on that, see a sample of our March 2013 Buddhist-music feature here, or order the whole issue, here.) Now we can add Japanese band Boxi to the list of dharma-music adventurers. (Though it should be noted that the band’s founder is the pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Tokyo Church.)

As Boxi bandmember Reverend Yoshinobu Fujioka says, “It’s just a stereotype that monks have to be quiet all the time. They look calm, but they also have energy. We monks have to pay attention to our dynamic instincts, because they are just different forms of Zen meditation.”

Check out the BBC’s video/story on Boxi here.