October 7th, 2009
09:13 PM ET

A Beastie and a Dalai Lama

Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch, who recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his left salivary gland just got back from a trip to  Dharamsala, India.  He shared some of his experiences in a letter to fans.

Here's an excerpt:

hey all,
so i just got back from dharamsala, india. went over there to see some tibetan doctors, but as it worked out, the Dalai Lama was giving a 3 day teaching, so i was able to attend that as well.
i'm feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that i've beaten this thing, but of course time will tell.  i'm taking tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of the tibetan doctors i've been eating a vegan/organic diet, which surprisingly enough was harder to do in india than it is now that i'm back home. here i can just shop for the right food and cook... a lot easier than depending on restaurants.
when i was in india i visited an ani gompa (a nunnery) called jamyang choling. they did a puja (religious ceremony) for me to help me get well. one nun said to me "we do prayers and then you are better." so i've got that going for me, which is nice.

What's nice is that Yauch's cancer was located early, was localized and according to doctors will not affect his vocal chords.  It sounds like he's pursuing an East meets West course of treatment.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Nikki

    What an awesome story! Your new diet will help you get better by eliminating all the harsh pestisides. I am shocked that it was hard to find vegetarian food in India? Good luck and stay well! Cant wait until the new album!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chris Q

    Been a fan for 22-years, and looking forward to 22 more. Stay well, MCA!

    October 9, 2009 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alex Winter

    Looking forward to the new album, glad MCA is feeling better.

    October 8, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Evan

    "so i’ve got that going for me, which is nice." – great reference. Made me laugh out loud.

    October 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |

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