Friday, 8 October 2010

Top 10 Famous Buddhists No 4 Leonard Cohen

At last the Buddha’s Face Buddhism 101 Project joyful journey to uncover the worlds top 10 famous Buddhists has a non-Hollywood actor amongst its alumni. It is Leonard Cohen the celebrated poet, singer and novelist.

Back in the 1960’s no seriously thoughtful hippy or dude attempting to impress women with the depth of their wisdom would have a record collection not containing at least the Best of Leonard Cohen on their shelves. Classics such as Bird on the Wire, Suzanne and Chelsea Hotel would croon out from thousands of student digs and lonely bedsits broadcasting their deepness to the world !

His trenchant lyrics and heartfelt poems and emotion have decidedly struck a chord with millions of listeners from around the world. He was born in Canada in 1934 and is noted for being reclusive shunning many of the trappings of fame and celebrity. He has been involved with Buddhism since the 1970s and was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1996.

In the 21st century he was fairly removed from the concert scene thinking him well funded for a contemplative retirement away from the limelight. However in 2005 he launched a lawsuit against his former manager when he found only $150,000 left in his retirement fund. He got back on the road with a triumphant concert tour appearing at festivals around the world in particular at the 2008 Glastonbury’s main stage to great acclaim and discovering a whole new generation of fans.

“Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered. “

“Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act.”

This is part of the Buddha's Face 101 Project

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