Zen and the Art of Breakdancing

Buddhist monks celebrate  MCA Day in New York City with an amazing breakdancing demo! (photo: courtesy of nydailynews.com)

“Buddhist monks” celebrate MCA Day in New York City with an amazing breakdancing demo! (photo: courtesy of nydailynews.com)

A day in the life of a Buddhist monk — 6:00am meditation period, 7:00am breakfast, 8:00am chores, 9:00am… breakdancing practice? Ok, so maybe these guys aren’t really monks, but that doesn’t make their performance any less amazing!

This past weekend people gathered together in New York City to celebrate “MCA Day,” honoring the life of former Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died at the age of 47 from salivary gland cancer on May 4, 2012.

In what was may have been the most awe-inspiring moment of the day, four men dressed as Tibetan Buddhist monks, an homage to Yauch’s Buddhist beliefs, burned up the dance floor with a breakdancing demo that would have made MCA proud.

Later identified as Franklin Chen, Jason Ng, Erich Reyes, and Stephen Pyo, the 4-man troupe thrilled onlookers and displayed moves that would have been difficult to pull off in regular street clothes, to say nothing of Buddhist robes. These guys may not have really been Tibetan monks, but their focus and dedication to their craft is no less respectable.

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