Friday, 8 October 2010

Top 10 Famous Buddhists No 3 Steven Seagal

Number 3 in the Buddha’s Face Buddhism 101 Project is probably the most controversial choice given his often violent on-screen persona and it is that of another Hollywood actor and energy drink formulator Steven Seagal. He was born in Michigan in 1952 and has had chequered film career with his most notable outings being the action blockbuster movies Under Siege (1992) and the inimitable follow up sequel Under Siege 2(1995).

Like Harrison Ford he is a keen supporter of the 14th Dalai Lama and a passionate advocate for the Free Tibet movement and is a 7th Dan black belt in Akido as well as being a talented player of the blues.

Why have him as number 3 ? Well I think it is the fact that he could have taken a darker path his personality is certainly made up that way but he chooses a spiritual journey and one in which he follows in the path of the Buddha and seeks passionately to encourage others - as he says if the bad teaches us then is the bad bad ?!

“Try to find the path of least resistance and use it without harming others. Live with integrity and morality, not only with people but with all beings.

“I have made a lot of mistakes. But I've worked hard. I have no fear of death. More important, I don't fear life.”

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