TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japanese monk Yogetsu Akasaka posted an unorthodox beatboxing remix of the Buddhist Heart Sutra chant on Twitter Saturday (Aug. 1).
Japanese Zen Buddhist monk, Yogetsu Akasaka (赤坂陽月), who is also a beatboxer, handpan player, and live-looping artist, on Saturday tweeted a video of himself chanting the Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra, commonly known as the Heart Sutra, using a Boss RC 505 loop station. The video was published in May on YouTube, where it has already been watched more than 740,000 times.
According to the tweet, Akasaka wished to heal the world with the "Heart Sutra Beatbox Remix." "Modern problems require modern solutions," one netizen posted after watching the clip.
Another comment stated:
Juksy reported that Akasaka was a professional beatboxer for 15 years before becoming a monk. He has become famous for combing electronic music, sutras, and beatboxing, earning himself the handle "DJ monk".
Akasaka has released more tracks for meditation and sleeping on various digital platforms, including iTunes and Spotify.
'Heart Sutra Beatbox Remix' went viral around the world.— Yogetsu Akasaka-赤坂陽月- (@yochanting) August 1, 2020
May this phenomenon heal the world.
般若心経ビートボックスRemixは世界に拡がり続けているようです。この現象が人々の心を癒やす一助となりますように。https://t.co/QS5D2nFL0w#heartsutra #beatbox #loopstation #RC505 #般若心経 pic.twitter.com/JSalFFGO7s