Adam Yauch with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Boston in 1995.
The International Campaign for Tibet is deeply saddened to hear today of Adam Yauch’s passing. Adam was a member of the ICT Board of Directors (1996-2006), the ICT Board of Advisors, and a prominent and generous supporter of Tibet through many other manifestations, including the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, The Milarepa Fund and individual efforts. His passion for Tibet came from his devotion to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Buddhadharma, and from accepting that celebrity could and should be used for a greater good. Adam’s exuberant MCA persona belied his gentle and compassionate nature, and a well-grounded wisdom – all of which together suggested an inner happiness. Adam lived in a mindful and meaningful way. He left a great and important legacy – in his music, his expert and creative activism, his heartfelt dedication to the cause of Tibet, and his beautiful family. Those who had the privilege to know Adam, even a little, were touched by his kindness.
The entire ICT staff and Boards of Directors offer our sincere condolences to Dechen, Tenzin Losel, Adam’s parents, beloved friends and fellow Beastie Boys.