“drwurst Dharma Rap”

Dr. Rotraut Jampa Wurst
4 min readJul 5, 2017

Establishment of “drwurst Dharma Rap”

“drwurst Dharma Rap” was invented/created/founded by DJ Jampa Sausage, aka Jampa on the Sakyadhita conferences for the 10th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia in 2008. The title of this first Dharma Rap was „Engagement“.

Dr. Rotraut Wurst aka DJ Jampa Sausage

Dr. Rotraut (Jampa) Wurst from Germany, whose rapper name is DJ Jampa Sausage did this rap to introduce in her talk on that conference and founded by that way “drwurst Dharma Rap” a form of Conscious Rap. i

“drwurst Dharma Rap” with DJ Jampa Sausage and her workshop “Buddhism and Popculture” on the 10th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, in 2008

Conscious Rap or Conscious Hip Hop

Conscious Rap focuses on social issues. It´s about community, politics, education etc. ii

Doing Conscious Rap since 2001 in her praxis rapping about education, teaching, learning, motivating or engaging people with high IQ on the anniversaries of that praxis or in schools, giving workshops etc.performing alone or with her students, she uses rap to make people alert, engaged, and motivated. iii

It´s interesting that in that by teengagers or the young generation well-known form of speech songs, the younger ones for the first time often feel understood by the sometimes critical, ironic, or funny texts. iv

Aukamp-Schule, Osterrönfeld, Germany, performing “drwurst Dharma Rap” with a 4th class.

“drwurst Dharma Rap”: Gigs and Workshops

After the first “drwurst Dharma Rap” in 2008, DJ Jampa Sausage was asked by Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo, founder of Sakyadhita International and currently taking care of the Sakyadhita branches and chapters all over the world, to give a workshop with the title „Buddhism and Popculture“. v

Since then “drwurst Dharma Rap” became a tradition among the Sakyadhita International Conferences on Buddhist Women:

13 participants from different countries, cultures, traditions, and generations did a rap together in English under the tutelage of DJ Jampa Sausage about „Dharma and Nirvana“. As baseline Theravada nuns, who by their precepts are not allowed to make music „just for fun“, recited a text in Newari, a Tibetan Burmese language. Since that time this form of “drwurst Dharma Rap”founded by DJ Jampa Sausage spread around the world, especially in the Buddhist countries. vi

So, on the 11th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women in Ho Chih Minh, Vietnam, she was encouraged by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, currently President of Sakyadhita International, to do her “drwurst Dharma Rap” „Eminent Buddhist Women“ on stage in front of between 2500 and 4000 participants from 45 different countries. vii

On the 11th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women in Ho Chih Minh City, Vietnam, in 2009/2010, DJ Jampa Sausage performed a “drwurst Dharma Rap” before 7000 people.

Interestingly, since the first “drwurst Dharma Rap” was performed, this way of giving somehow dharma talk to especially young ones or just interested ones, who never were interested in Buddhism, ethics, and philosophy before, is a wonderful way of teaching Buddhism by the well-known way in Buddhism of reciting texts all over the world.

Meaning of “drwurst Dharma Rap”

Rap and so “drwurst Dharma Rap” is reciting texts, is speech song, chanting. It´s speaking in a rhythmical way and that is so similar to the way of Buddhist nuns and monks chanting Buddhist texts rhythmically, which helps memorizing consciously Buddhist texts, and ideas.

On each conference DJ Jampa Sausage gives “drwurst Dharma Rap” workshops, motivating/engaging participants to do their own Dharma Raps, which then are shown on the conferences on stage together or like in Indonesia on the 14th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women among several flashmobs on that conference. viii

Overview

2008 „Engagement“, on the 10th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.

20009/10 „Eminent Buddhist Women“ and „Rap Of The Volunteers“, on the 11th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women in Ho Chih Minh, Vietnam.

2011 „Monkey Style“, on the 12th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women in Bangkok, Thailand.

2013 „13th Sakyadhita Conference“, on the 13th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women in Vaishali, India.

2015 „Gender Equality“, on the 14th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia.

Links:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2L-kevYhF6Efi1LY3pQNk9SVXJrX3U5YUFDcm5Hb0ZVYzFQLXl4N1Z2WW1CaWM3WEREN0U?tid=0B2L-kevYhF6EfnBRYTRUTEJYTjJNQ0pkLTYtSzFVdnF4d1MwQXpycXY3MVQ3cTVoODFXaTQ

http://www.screencast.com/t/BNA3xn0zM

www.drwurst.de — Teilnahme an Konferenzen

http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/M-uo1eQJ0qw/?phd=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__an0CqQIHo

http://www.4shared.com/video/R2VhrwlA/THE_SHOW_Work_Shop_DrRotraut_W.html

http://www.4shared.com/video/slsJgms3/Work_Shop_DrRotraut_Wurst_2.html

Footnotes

i http://sakyadhita.org/docs/resources/newsletters/18-1-2009.pdf ; http://sakyadhita.org/docs/resources/newsletters/24-1-2015.pdf.

ii http://rap.wikia.com/wiki/Conscious_hip_hop; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_hip_hop#Conscious_hip_hop.

iii www.drwurst.de, s. also: http://www.drwurst.de/DJJampaSausage/DJJampa.html.

iv http://www.drwurst.de/DJJampaSausage/proj2016_1.html; http://www.drwurst.de/DJJampaSausage/proj2016_2.html.

v Professor Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo,s. http://www.sandiego.edu/cas/theology/faculty-and-staff/biography.php?profile_id=190; http://www.sakyadhita.org/.

vi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPew5tMFOSw.

vii Jetsunma tenzin Palmo, s. http://tenzinpalmo.com/; https://www.allenandunwin.com/authors/p/tenzin-palmo, etc.; Conference report. 11th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women, in: International Quarterly for Asian Studies, №1–2, Vol. 41, (2010), 1–2/10, pp.157–159; s. also Conference Report. 12th Sakyadhita Conference on Buddhist Women, in: International Quarterly for Asian Studies, №1–2, Vol. 42 (2011), 1–2/11, pp.208–211.

viii https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2L-kevYhF6Efi1LY3pQNk9SVXJrX3U5YUFDcm5Hb0ZVYzFQLXl4N1Z2WW1CaWM3WEREN0U?tid=0B2L-kevYhF6EfnBRYTRUTEJYTjJNQ0pkLTYtSzFVdnF4d1MwQXpycXY3MVQ3cTVoODFXaTQ; https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2L-kevYhF6Efi1LY3pQNk9SVXJrX3U5YUFDcm5Hb0ZVYzFQLXl4N1Z2WW1CaWM3WEREN0U?tid=0B2L-kevYhF6EfnBRYTRUTEJYTjJNQ0pkLTYtSzFVdnF4d1MwQXpycXY3MVQ3cTVoODFXaTQ; https://www.flickr.com/photos/134511549@N02/18938085314/in/album-72157655624318886/; https://www.flickr.com/photos/134511549@N02/19373496668/in/album-72157655624318886/; https://www.flickr.com/photos/134511549@N02/19554903042/in/album-72157655624318886/; https://www.flickr.com/photos/134511549@N02/18939168164/in/album-72157655624318886/.

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