Hallelujah! A note from Leonard Cohen

22 February 2011 - 6:41pm 1 Comment

A sprinkling of legendary, classic cool reached the offices of Kechara Media & Publications’ (KMP) office early this week when they received a note from iconic singer-songwriter, poet and novelist, the incomparable Leonard Cohen!

KMP sent Mr Cohen the Tsongkhapa: A simple guide to a powerful practice box set a few months ago when it was just launched, as part of an offering of Dharma books to well-known Buddhist personalities and high Lamas. In acknowledgment of the gifts, Mr Cohen sent back a card, penned with old-school flair to say, “Thank you for your precious gifts” and signed “Jikan Leonard Cohen”.

Mr Cohen is among the most important and influential singer-songwriters of our time. Since the1960s and 1970s, when he started to gain renown as a highly respected singer-songwriter, he has also risen to become highly respected literary figure and prolific writer / author. His songs have become so much a fabric of musical history that many singers of various genres – from Russell Watson, to Damien Rice, to Alexandra Burke – have since done many different covers of his iconic songs such as “Hallelujah”, “Suzanne” and “Bird on a Wire”.

Though he is from a strongly Jewish faith, Mr Cohen has also been known for his involvement in Buddhism. He was officially ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk in 1996 and bestowed the Dharma name “Jikan” meaning “silent one”. We extend our thanks to Mr Cohen for taking time off from what must be a very busy schedule (he has recently released an album and begun tours again) to write to us personally.

This is an exciting milestone for KMP to know that one of our most important publications, featuring Kechara’s most central practice, is now in the hands of a very important figure in both the publishing and Buddhist world.

One Response to Hallelujah! A note from Leonard Cohen

  1. Wow! What a wonderful surprise! And very cool indeed to have received a personal thank you note from Mr Cohen himself! I love his songs…

    It is so heartwarming to know KMP’s books are surfacing all around the globe, to illuminate Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings!