Thursday, 7 October 2010

Top 10 Famous Buddhists No 5 Harrison Ford

The Buddha said there are only two things you need to follow on the Road to Truth one is to start and two is having started go the whole way. That neatly gets us to the half-way point of the Buddha’s Face Buddhism 101 Project the World’s Most Famous Buddhists and brings us to that of the Hollywood actor (sorry in terms of celebrity they have no global peers!) Harrison Ford.

Born in 1942 he is best known for his roles in Star Wars (made by George Lucas – another Buddhist) and the Indiana Jones’s Series of movies. In fact he came to George’s attention as he was also as a struggling actor working to pay the bills by being a talented carpenter and was hired by the director to build some wooden cabinets in his Hollywood home where he promptly cast him in his film America Graffiti (1973).

His faith inspires him to do community work and he volunteered to serve food at Ground Zero following the 911 attack and regularly helps out in one of the homeless shelters in Los Angles every Thanksgiving. He is a follower of the Tibetan Dalai Lama and a passionate advocate for a Free Tibet.

“The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away."

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