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Friday, 8 October 2010
"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."Buddha
Top 10 Most Famous Buddhists
Paraphrasing the Buddha slightly a jug fills drop by drop and once you’ve started something you need to go all the way. So it was with my hopefully fun series the World’s Top 10 Famous Buddhists as part of the Buddha’s Face Buddhism 101 Outreach Project that we reach the top. It is interesting that they are all Americans and with the exception of Leonard Cohen and Tina Turner all intimately connected with
So it with great pleasure and humility to pronounce as No 1 a man who is certainly the most famous Buddhist to have lived since the Buddha walked on earth and is certainly not an American. It can come as no surprise that the No 1 position belongs to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama leader of Tibetan Buddhists and spiritual leader of
The Dalai Lama the most famous Buddhist who has ever lived!
“All major religious traditions carry roughly the same message that is love, compassion and forgiveness is the most important thing and they should be part of our daily lives.”
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. “
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
Right that said number 2 – is a much easier and less controversial choice than the previous Steven Seagal – and is Richard Gere – the heartthrob actor who leapt to fame with his elegant performance in American Gigolo (1980) – he followed that up with roles including An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman and Chicago.
He was born in Philadelphia in 1949 and was voted the Sexiest Man Alive in 1999 and was briefly married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995. His interest in Buddhism began after a visit to Nepal in 1978. He is a passionate supporter of the Dalai Lama and like his other fellow actors in this Famous Buddhist series supports fiercely the cause of independance for Tibet.
"Everyone responds to kindness."
"Maybe the Dalai Lama is the only person who is totally honest, and even with him, he's skillful not to hurt anybody. He's skillful."
"My first encounter with Buddhist dharma would be in my early 20s. Like most young men, I was not particularly happy"
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
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.
“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.
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
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
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
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Thursday, 7 October 2010
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
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."
The countdown continues with the Buddha’s Face Buddhism 101 Project top 10 world’s most famous Buddhists with yet another
This time it is the comedy actress Goldie Hawn, born in 1945 and these days spending as much time behind the camera as director and producer as she does in front. It was the hit US TV show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In the 1960s that brought her to fame followed by a number of movies culminating in her role as a suicidal fiancée to Walther Matthau in Cactus Flower (1969) that brought her an Oscar.Throughout the 70s and 80s she was a regular on the screen in movies such as Shampoo (1975), The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox,(1976), Private Benjamin(1980) and Seems Like Old Times (1980).
Goldie was raised in the Jewish religion but has remarked she became involved with Buddhism in 1972 – she has said she is neither Jewish or Buddhist but is in fact a “Jewish-Buddhist” and she is passionate about teaching the Buddhist meditative practice of mindfulness to children as she believes this increases their concentration and optimism. She has set up a charity MindUp to continue to spread this practice.
George Lucas our No 7 in the Buddha’s Face Buddhism 101 Project Top 10 Famous Buddhists will always be known for his work on the Star War movies which he has made his life’s work. Debuting with Star Wars in 1977 and following on with a number of sequels and spin-offs it is regarded as being the most lucrative movie franchise of all time. Cartoon like and simple in its moral themes of good and evil they have moved and inspired millions of moviegoers around the world and will continue to do for decades to come. May the Force be with you !
Makes you wonder how the Buddha managed to get his message down to us today spanning a period of over 2500 years and in the first few decades after his death only to be carried by the oral repetition of the early monks !
The timeless problems of being human remain the same.
“I was raised Methodist. Now let's say I'm spiritual. It's
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.”
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
And so it goes as the Buddha said a jug fills drop by drop and we come to number nine in the Buddha’s Face Buddhism 101’s project Top 10 Famous Buddhists – and it’s Tina Tuner the famous American singer and R&B artiste. Many people may have become Buddhists after viewing the autobiographical film of her life “What’s Love Got to Do With It “ and she has sold over 180 million records being born in 1939 in Tennessee and has just reached her seventieth birthday.
“In Buddhism there are words you can say... as you say the words with rhythm the conscious tells the subconscious.”
The Buddhism 101 project has documented what we think are the world’s current top 10 famous Buddhists – I will be blogging on each of them in reverse order and try and detail some key quotes and what has attracted them to what is the world’s most fascinating and contemplative religious philosophy.
Today we bring you our 10th most famous Buddhist Uma Thurma the renowned Hollywood actress most famous for her 'non' peaceful role in Quentin Tarantino’s movie Kill Bill.
"Reality is an illusion - that's the principle of Buddhist thought and the basic idea of being reborn is that this cancels the memory. Everybody is connected, and you have to work out your karma with people - so you your self becomes erased, but all work left undone has to be finished”
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
An ageing monk was sitting contentedly basking in the sun just outside the cave where he lived when all of a sudden a beautiful young lady came running to him, in a state of some distress. “Please,” she exclaimed, “a man is running after me who I think is going to kill me! Please, please can I hide in your cave?” Without waiting for the monk to reply, she runs into the cave and secretes herself in the darkest corner. Five minutes later a man riding a horse stops by the entrance of the cave. He is fierce some looking and holding a sword and looking extremely angry as he asks the old monk, “Have you seen a young woman? I saw her running in this direction.” Now the rules of the monk’s order were never to touch women and not to tell an untruth. Therefore serenely and without demurring he replies, “What do you think an old monk like me would be doing with a woman?” The angry man believes his answer as being true and so rides off into the sunset.The monk however did not tell a direct lie, but by choosing his words carefully he saved the three lives of three people: the woman, the old monk and the man who would surely have been killed for murdering them.
"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill." The Buddha
Monday, 4 October 2010
2500 years a Prince left his palace in Northern India hungry to know the ultimate reasons that lay behind our existence - and the answers he found - were that life is impermanent and that compassion should lie at the heart of our lives have transformed the lives of countless millions over the centuries and will continue to do so for millennia to come. Enjoy !
Sunday, 3 October 2010
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