The Mad Monk E​.​P.

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Buddhism- most notably Zen- has been an integral element in my life, and thus, my music. I would like to consider these songs as expressions of the Buddhadharma, or perhaps expressions of my deep delusion...enjoy!

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released August 3, 2013

Art by Sad Monk

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Mt.Sinai Sacramento, California

Mic Meditation ~
Lyrical Yoga

My work is an expression of both the wisdom I've cultivated, and the ignorance of a deluded mind...
I am also a member "Ascended Essence," and author of the book "Loud & Zen"

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Track Name: Finding The Jewel
My eyes are open wide but I don’t see nothing real
Just an ongoing battle between my thoughts and how I feel
Plus a veil of illusion between me and the Omnipotent
Most are indifferent, like to the Maker we’re not significant
Naw- that don’t sit right with my consciousness
An artist loves creation, to think not is just obnoxiousness
To not think’s not an option- like agnosticism
Lost in prison of ignorance- I seek the Gnostic wisdom
In visions I see clear, looking to be here in the now
Fear is a shroud, like trying to see a mirror through clouds
I don’t just sit & wait- cultivate a different state
Clarity cuts through clutter superfluous thoughts dissipate
As the single pointed purpose penetrates my perspective
Until all is still and the water becomes reflective
Like a lens, light bends beginning the ending of time
And repetitive lives- this is zen of no mind

From the rooftop of the world comes the key to inner wisdom
Look within, inner vision
From the rooftop of the world comes the key to inner wisdom, inner vision
The jewel in the lotus

The Life Force pours proving God is a reality
As she reveals her nature my spirit transcends duality
Yin and Yang become a memory like physical limits
All that’s required is that we listen to her mystical whispers
Like mythical figures who outlive their own time
We’re provided limitless space to go beyond our own mind
The Divine don’t need a reason, mankind keeps asking why?
Countless questions fill our lives perhaps they’re answered when we die
I meditate in darkness during moments of quiet
Until my death comes to me, in this moment of silence
Water flows to find it’s own level in stillness
It’s the paradox of purpose, I bring wellness by spittin illness
Can’t kill this, my essence’s beyond temporal knowing
So bow your head, I’m like an emperor flowing
But the Buddha warned against getting caught up in cleverness
So Sinai humbly seeks to reach the peak of a spiritual Everest

From the rooftop of the world comes the key to inner wisdom
Look within, inner vision
From the rooftop of the world comes the key to inner wisdom, inner vision
The jewel in the lotus

Freed from Babylon, I travel on to Shambhala
Far beyond the intellectual studies of a scholar
All my knowledge was a stepping stone to understanding
Wisdom unfolds like the universe- forever-expanding
There I am in the center, cross-legged, thoughts focus
Look to the locus to find the jewel in the lotus
Om Mani Padme Hum
The paths are many but the goal is one
Track Name: Horror Of Samsara
Pulling back the veil of Maya slice through samsara
Are the 10 worlds real or illusion due to karma
Ya can’t harm the essence, and what else is there
A manifestation of balance- but we still ask if it’s fair
I bring myself to a place where I can observe
Cuz to be tethered by the temporal is simply absurd
Even my words dissolve like steam over the tea
I understand that I’m one, still unattached to the beat
I’ll fast for a week, meditate on the moment
& reflect for a second, I’m ignorant but I know it
The Tao that can spoken of is not The Tao
Yet somehow I describe the Way when I rock the crowd
It’s not the how but the why that science cannot explain
You can’t locate the mind by observing a brain
Wisdom ain’t intelligence- I find what’s relevant
Are the keys you find in the process of self development

Horror of samsara keeping me locked in-
To the cycle of birth and death, we can not win
But deep in the seat of the soul is a key
For the warrior brave enough to see & be free

In a moment of clarity focus in lotus position
In a state of darkness light sparks like an ignition
Receive the transmission - then act accordingly
You can sort of see how the impure mind’s distorting things
Beliefs & habit patterns, we don’t stray from the path
We rarely see all the opportunities that we have
Incarnation as a human- one in a million chances
No other being has control over it’s own advancement
And wit that kind of foundation we’re sure to succeed
Unless we fall prey to anger, envy, and greed
Indeed- we live an die by attachment and aversion
Till we build a better version- of the spiritual person
A lyrical excursion only goes so far
Transcending body and mind- find your way to the stars
Samsara is a cycle that seems perpetual
It can be broke in a moment- I throw a thought, you catch a jewel

Horror of samsara keeping me locked in-
To the cycle of birth and death, we can not win
But deep in the seat of the soul is a key
For the warrior brave enough to see & be free

As long as my ego holds me bound
I’m bound to only exist between the sky & the ground
I looked to Mt Si & I found a limitless realm
Beyond life and death- beyond Heaven & Hell
I have a strange tale to tell, but they don’t understand Michael
Even good karma’s bad if it keeps you stuck in the cycle
I’d like to transcend the paradox of polar opposites
And go beyond duality, but keep on rocking this
Flowing out my mind like light from the east
Till I reach the darkness, moonlight brings the beast
I sing over strings for things I wish to achieve
It goes by so fast so take a moment to breathe
Before we come right back to see the circle continue
Know the potential of all that’s possible is within you
But it’s stopped in the bottom while we’re locked in the drama
Until we rise above the horror of samsara.

Horror of samsara keeping me locked in-
To the cycle of birth and death, we can not win
But deep in the seat of the soul is a key
For the warrior brave enough to see & be free
Track Name: Green Tea
My flow is green tea, it be steeped in antioxidants
I’m stopping obnoxiousness- watch- that’s where the toxins is
Like free radicals be attacking the body’s prana
Squash that concept, study books by the Dalai Lama
Yoginanda Paramahansa or get clipped like a bonsai
My creations slice like a Hitori Hanzai
I cut through time, your space is merely filler
Freedom from physics, inner wisdom is clearly iller
Perceiving the dream as reality’s the worse mistake
Pursuing passion over purpose’ll curse your fate
Reverse your ways- embrace the moment for what it is
Drop the dead weight, & build wit constructive kids
The receptive ear hears the word from instructive tongues
Pen is mightier than the sword, but there’s more dough in drugs & guns
I look to the place from where the sun come
Shedding light ‘til the time when every one’s one

There’s no ordinary moment, every minute is holy
I treat MCing like a Japanese tea ceremony
Let the essence pour for healthy body & mind
Five elements unify to let the spirit fly

I sit to meditate, body positioned like a lotus
Thoughts exposed this, fact makes it very hard to focus
So Bodhidharma cut his eyelids off and threw em
They grew into the tea leaves that keep us awake after we brew em
Then tune in to the Universal Vibe of silence
On your radio dial this ultraviolet frequency is the highest
Mt. Science, & Math, Swords & Microphones
I study the sutras, enlighten domes recitin’ poems
Fightin’ foes & the souls of 10,000 hungry ghosts
Who feed on psychic energy like a parasite to a host
This the life I chose- we follow the Tao of Flow
Born-Power-God Equality, don’t ask me how I know
Hidden wisdom revealed in the year of the dragon
A whisper from Heaven is more than the ear can fathom

I hear the teakettle callin’, so I burn a stick of incense
Prepare to sip elixir, the experience is intense
Within 10 breaths you can find a thousand lives
And a hundred thousand objects to preoccupy the mind
But if you stop to find the mind, would you complete with success?
Or endlessly search until you’re beaten by stress?
I project mental imagery into what I call ‘real’
It’s confirmed & reaffirmed by the emotions that I feel
So real it burns, this illusion is pain
This cycle continues as long as we’re able to play Cain
To stay sane we convince ourselves that we are
And while we live among the stars, we live mentally scarred
The hardest part is to shed the skin & the sin
The answers are out there, you just have to look within
When you close your eyes the universe is there to see
I watch it like steam …over a cup of green tea
Track Name: Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu (Black Belt Lyricism)

Since the Year of the Dragon I’ve been fulfilling these prophecies
Opening up hearts & minds,& using mine to stop these soft MCs
Watch & see me open up your throat if you keep yappin
Get your mic took in a most violent manner like carjackin
I’ve perfected my flow spending years in hidden dojos
You can’t fathom infinity, I got no beef with Chronos
First I learned the methods of the Snake then the Crane
Now as long I’m spittin no one’s safe in the game
I ain’t playin- I spit conspiracy theories - matter of fact
I got bookshelves of proof, yeah my data is stacked
I’ve always had bad karma with the cash & the math
But I gotta stash of platinum thoughts and I walk a passionate path
I’ve transcended the concept of impossible
Now I cut through difficulty with ease- don’t become an obstacle
My blade moves through mountains- with the focus of sight
And the silence of night- I’ll leave you blinded by light

I’m the Mad Monk who comes from the stars to spit bars
Bring The Art of War to the wack who attack the Word of God

You get defeated with the energy you try to expend
I mark the Year Of The Dragon, the beginning and the end

Each bar is part of a 16-pointed Chinese star
I got enemies watching, but I know who you are
You won’t get too far with the flow when your MO’s to fake it
I study my opponent- I know your move before you make it
This is the mystery of chessboxin’ – I got you boxed in
Yeah it’s conscious rap but the cure always contains some of the toxin
Want your voicebox stomped in? Keep talking-
I’ll turn your path into a bloodbath-unless you keep walking

I’ve studied the philosophies of the East for cultivation
Of patience & virtue- I move without hesitation
A statement can crack a stack of solid bricks with a quickness
I do the impossible in minutes due to my mental fitness
Full of finesse & grace I stay sharp & unique
Speakin a lyrical Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique
Pei Mei of rap Wudan Mountain crouching tiger
Hidden dragon-a symbol of Sine, I swing swords of fire
Making minds spiral like a nautilus from the strangeness
I consult the pages of the I Ching, Book Of Changes
Bringin wisdom for ages, I bang heads with grammar hits
So come on the humble, or feel the wrath of the hammer fist
From the wrist to the nail I clench destiny
Rep the 3 degrees of black belt flows if you’re testing me
This is samurai wordplay, my bushido:
I come to give life in the spirit but murder your ego
Track Name: Mad Monk
Punk rock attitude, buddha monk mental
compassion for humanity but brutalize the tempo
time spent in the temple tempered my temperance
temperature cool soon as I step in the entrance
Sever the connection between me & a hindrance
in hopes of abandoning any hints of my ignorance
We souls on a periless journey
working it out, karma keeps us returning
earning metta maybe, burnin’ bridges and whathaveyou
some subtle, others blatantly look to blast you
Some will see you suffering and look right past you
I’m an outcast who meditate & I fast too
I pass through, ask for alms, do no harm
disrespect disconnect body from arm
hands in gassho, I offer a low bow
it’s all about the present, how you like me now?

I am not this body, I am not this mind
I am not even the being I describe as Sine
My memory records whatever I perceive
and through delusion I’m led think that I believe
but, these thoughts aren’t even mine, they come and they go
like a current carry water just running with flow
from the summit I summon some oneness
to come bless, the whisper of wisdom thunderous
silence is loudest, though my mind is crowded
this moment I feel that I’m peacefully shrouded
the peace I found, it got an aura about it
like a positive energy, stored all around it, (I’m bout it)
like loud & zen quotes I spoke for folks
plus penstrokes that move like dharma wheel spokes
each line an expression of mind
leaving no trace aside from a shadow behind

Nine years at Shaolin, facing a wall
slice off my eyelids I’m not sleeping at all
I’m deeply enthralled with how deep is it all
peepin’ it all, start by steeping a ball
tea in the kettle helps my being to settle
but my ego arises my mettle
Track Name: Open
Let’s get open like you feel when you’re feeling completely free
without a worry in the world, in that moment you let it be
we can call it samadhi or simply being at peace
every being has a tune that can sooth their savage beast
I smash a beat, or take a seat upon the zafu
watch the thought in my mind go by like “naw, it’s all cool”
the jewel is found in neither pushing or grasping
like the flow is never still but it’s never anxious or lagging
Laughing Buddha exudes a lightness, an ambiance
that arises with acceptance of phenomena’s transience
“Ahhhhhhhhhhhh”.....this bliss
when I dismiss wishfulness & dissonance
I rinse the dust of past perceptions away
what I’m left with is a fresh perspective of “hey”
I’m like the jewel mirror reflecting the way
The Right Dharma Eye sees nothing left in my way!


I can’t keep the pen from gliding across the page
like you can’t keep compassion from oozing outta the sage
True nature expresses that we’re essentially free
and all you gotta do is...breathe.

Open like the sea, open like the sky
Open like the mind, open like the eyes
I am open to the moment, be it pleasure or pain
no trace, no stain, walking in gentle rain

This rain washes away whatever I thought of as me
along with the ideas that I thought of as free
“I” is a vessel so the architect can see
“I” is imaginary, but I’m open enough to be, yeah
Yeah- this isn’t quantum physics
this is just what’s been whispered by the mystics
like a voice on the breeze
upon hearing it, Master was enlightened- the word frees
So I am at ease
even when the mind is troubled, let your heart be at peace
(Peace) we’re all open to the moment
What matters is if we’re aware enough to know it
The poet is open to the flow of the pen
I remain open to the flow of the moment and then
if I’m a failure then I’m open to just go it again
My eyes remain open like I’m lotus in zen




Open like the sea, open like the sky
Open like the mind, open like the eyes
I am open to the moment, be it pleasure or pain
no trace, no stain, walking in gentle rain

I can’t keep the pen from gliding across the page
like you can’t keep compassion from oozing outta the sage
True nature expresses that we’re essentially free
and all you gotta do is...breathe.



Mindset of a monk, the body breathes deep
The spirit needs a challenge like the body needs sleep
steep is the path that leads to the peak
just leap & you’ll see, breathing is the reason I speak
They say seek and you’ll find, how the seeker found truth
It’s the unspeakable Way, in the words of Lau Tzu
how true, How fluent, the moment just flows open
You might need to open your mind to see that your soul’s open
Go focused, opening the heart requires balance
but once you see the key it opens the door to the palace
The galaxy outside is within let me remind you
You’re searching for God as if he didn’t already find you






I can’t keep the pen from gliding across the page
like you can’t keep compassion from oozing outta the sage
True nature expresses that we’re essentially free
and all you gotta do is...breathe.