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HIP HOP DJ BATTLE

Everyone who is interested in the culture of hip hop is welcome to join our group and help enhance our experience. Our goal as a group is to ensure everyone has a break through in their lives before July 16th. We are also determined that each and every participant engrains this buddhism in their everyday life and develops a deeper understanding of our practice through building their own actual proof. Contact Markus Hrdina



Dropping In on the DJ Battle Group

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By Peggy Chen / Sunday, May 14th, 2006 / New York Culture Center

As I entered, a popular reggaeton song filled my ears. One young man was trying his hand at "scratching" the record, as two others offered suggestions on his technique.

Giovanni Debelli stood near me in the doorway of room 304 at the New York Culture Center. He is 15, and from Garfield, NJ. He said that he "loves everything about hop-hop," including rapping and deejaying, and hopes to learn more by participating in the festival.

His parents practice Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism, he said, but he himself "rarely" chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, usually when something "big" comes up. Then he would chant a few times before going to bed.

However, he wants to use the festival as a means to change his perspective of Nichiren Buddhism. "I want to see a different perspective," he said, "to see how much fun it [can be]. My parents always tell me about it, but I want to see for myself."

Giovanni aspires to study computers at UCLA in two years, but for the festival this summer, his goal is "to scratch as best as I can." For inspiration, he needs to look no further than the example set by the leader of the DJ Battle Group, Markus Hrdina [sic].

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