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Super Famous Buddhists

Postby yawares » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:31 am

Dear Members,

Do you know that some of our most favorite movie stars are Buddhists and do charities in the name of our great Buddhas???... Famous Buddhists list : Harrison Ford/Richard Gere etc.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/ar ... -East.html

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/i ... +buddhists

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Since so many Hollywood stars and blockbusters sell Buddhism, is it the coolest religion along with yoga?

Most movie stars are Buddhist from Richard Gere and Orlando Bloom to Keanu Reeves and Oliver Stone to even Sharon Stone, Tina Turner, Miranda Kerr, Harrison Ford etc even Lisa Simpson and so many blockbusters from Star Wars to the Matrix sell Buddhism. A lot of my friends think its "cool" to be Buddhist and even Angelina and Beckam have sanskrit tattoos. Also, Time Magazine says Buddhism and yoga are the fastest growing religions in the western world .. is it cool to be Buddhist and if so why?

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Richard Gere is one such celebrity. Richard Gere makes his admiration for the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader in exile, well known. Gere periodically retreats to Tibet to brush up on his Buddhism. While there, the actor enjoys a very different existence than he does in Hollywood. According to Gere, he has a simple room and has to share a bathroom. There is a limited supply of water and no television, air conditioning or newspapers. Self-prescribed torture? For Gere, as he explains it, this is his time to relax, to meditate, to release.
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Some Famous Buddhists :
There are in fact many high-profile personalities who have discovered and taken up Buddhism. The following are just a few of the more well-known celebrity Buddhists :


Richard Gere Movie Star : Final Analysis/Red Corner/Primal Fear/No Mercy
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/i ... gac&sado=1

Harrison Ford Movie Star : Indiana Jones/Sabrina/Witness/The Fugitive/Working Girl
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/i ... rison+ford

Sharon Stone Movie Star : Basic Instinct/The Specialist/King Solomon's Mines
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/i ... t&y=Search

Orlando Bloom Movie Star : Kingdom of Heaven/Pirates

Keanu Reeves Movie Star : Little Buddha/The Matrix/Devil'S Advocate

Uma Thurman Movie Star : Paycheck/Jennifer8/Batman
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/i ... t&y=Search

Goldie Hawn Movie Star : Over Board/Deceived ,Oscar winning Actress
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/i ... gac&sado=1

Steven Seagal Movie Star : Marked For Death/Mercenary/Undersiege

Mark Wahlberg Movie Star : Planet Of The Apes/Fear ,Rap Singer
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Tina Turner Movie Star : Mad Max,singer:

Better Be Good : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyU7BbQSm98
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Cher Movie Star : The Suspect, Singer:
I Found Someone : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m77bonzitos
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Jennifer Lopez Movie Star : Enough/Gigli/Wedding Planner, Singer:
Dance Again : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdSjhN_0bJ0
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Belinda Carlisle Singer : Blue Heaven:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOGEyBeo ... GOEvBynUoG
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George Lucas Film Producer Star Wars
Oliver Stone Film Producer : JFK
Tiger Woods Champion Golfer
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:36 am

Here is a list I have compiled:

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... _Buddhists

Don't forget the great Jackie Chan. He has given a generous amount to charity.
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby yawares » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:50 am

David N. Snyder wrote:Here is a list I have compiled:

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... _Buddhists

Don't forget the great Jackie Chan. He has given a generous amount to charity.

Dear David,
Oh thank you very much...many more ...I'm impressed!!
I thought Angelinajoli just has sansakrit tattoos for fun.
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:56 am

yawares wrote:I thought Angelinajoli just has sansakrit tattoos for fun.


Yes, probably just for fun. She has one child from Cambodia and has been seen going to Buddhist temples with him, which probably set off the rumors. She was most likely going there to introduce him to Cambodian / Southeast Asian culture.
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby yawares » Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:11 am

David N. Snyder wrote:
yawares wrote:I thought Angelinajoli just has sansakrit tattoos for fun.


Yes, probably just for fun. She has one child from Cambodia and has been seen going to Buddhist temples with him, which probably set off the rumors. She was most likely going there to introduce him to Cambodian / Southeast Asian culture.

Dear David,
I'm not surprised about Jackie Chan ...most Asian actors/actresses are Buddhists.
I wish Tom Cruise/Paul Walker/Chris Evan were Buddhists too...because they are so cool! :tongue:
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby pilgrim » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:24 am

You could also add:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Teresa Teng
Leonardo DiCaprio ( sort of)
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby Ben » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:30 am

yawares wrote:I wish Tom Cruise/Paul Walker/Chris Evan were Buddhists too...because they are so cool! :tongue:


No, I think Tom Cruise and Scientology were made for each other.
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:54 am

I'd vote for Christopher Walken

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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby Ben » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:56 am

As a Buddhist or a new buddy for Cruise and the Thetan Army?
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:06 am

Ben wrote:As a Buddhist or a new buddy for Cruise and the Thetan Army?
Forget Tom Cruise, though I thought he was quite good in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. Christopher Walken as a Buddhist, along with the late great Dennis Hopper.

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And of course Christopher Lee, who will always be Lord Summerisle to me:

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And, of course, Bill Murray, who has already got a set of robes:

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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby Ben » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:11 am

I was quite surprised by his performance in War of the Worlds. It was actually very good and his character had some real depth.
Dennis Hopper - he would have been great. I just remember him in Apocalypse Now! I think he was just channeling himself in that scene where Martin Sheen was in the cage.
I'd vote for Willem Defoe.
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tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:17 am

Ben wrote:I was quite surprised by his performance in War of the Worlds. It was actually very good and his character had some real depth.
Dennis Hopper - he would have been great. I just remember him in Apocalypse Now! I think he was just channeling himself in that scene where Martin Sheen was in the cage.
I'd vote for Willem Defoe.
Defoe, good choice:


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And one of my all time favorites:
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:22 am

And:

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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby Ben » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:24 am

I was particularly taken by Defoe in "The Last Temptation of Christ" but more recently in his lead role in "The Hunter" which is set down here.
Goldblum is also great.

The girls I am familiar with but their names escape me. The first one looks like a very young Sigourney Weaver.
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby yawares » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:48 am

David N. Snyder wrote:
yawares wrote:I thought Angelinajoli just has sansakrit tattoos for fun.


Yes, probably just for fun. She has one child from Cambodia and has been seen going to Buddhist temples with him, which probably set off the rumors. She was most likely going there to introduce him to Cambodian / Southeast Asian culture.

Dear David,....JUST 4 YOU!
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/i ... er+tattoos

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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby yawares » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:53 am

pilgrim wrote:You could also add:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Teresa Teng
Leonardo DiCaprio ( sort of)

Dear Pilgrim,
I like Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic/Blood Diamonds/The Man in The Iron Mask :thumbsup:
Is he really a Buddhist??
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby yawares » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:55 am

Ben wrote:
yawares wrote:I wish Tom Cruise/Paul Walker/Chris Evan were Buddhists too...because they are so cool! :tongue:


No, I think Tom Cruise and Scientology were made for each other.
kind regards,

Ben

Dear Ben,
Yes..Tom and Travolta are so into Scientology!!!
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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby yawares » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:01 pm

tiltbillings wrote:I'd vote for Christopher Walken

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Dear "tiltbillings",
Then YOU prabably know that 1 of his best movies : THE DEAD ZONE !! :thumbsup:

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/i ... t&y=Search

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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby Ben » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:01 pm

yawares wrote:Yes..Tom and Travolta are so into Scientology!!![/color]

They are indeed, Yawares!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

Sutta Nipata 3.725


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Re: Super Famous Buddhists

Postby yawares » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:12 pm

tiltbillings wrote:
Ben wrote:As a Buddhist or a new buddy for Cruise and the Thetan Army?
Forget Tom Cruise, though I thought he was quite good in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. Christopher Walken as a Buddhist, along with the late great Dennis Hopper.

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My mom took me to see his first movie GIANT with Rock Hudson/Liz Taylor/James Dean.

And of course Christopher Lee, who will always be Lord Summerisle to me:
My sister took me to see his movie: DRACULA

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And, of course, Bill Murray, who has already got a set of robes:
Was he in : GHOST BUSTERS??

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