The Buddha’s Face Buddhism 101 Project continues the countdown on the world’s most famous Buddhists with the celebrated and controversial 64 year old Hollywood Director Oliver Stone occupying the number 8 Slot. Oliver Stone was a combat soldier in the Vietnam War and so saw and death and destruction at first hand – experiences that are dramatically and realistically portrayed in what is considered by many to be his best film Platoon (1986). He reprised them in two later films Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Heaven and Earth (1993).
“I'm a student of Buddhism, but don't consider me a good one necessarily.”
“We live our lives in layers, I think, and the most important layer is the spiritual layer, but we lose sight of that when we're under a lot of stress."
“I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill. It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.”