Friday, December 01, 2006

Celebrity Buddhist Watch...

Okay - we talked about Richard Gere: I suggest we now collect examples of pop-stars and other celebs giving their views on Buddhism - and indeed other spiritual matters: I will start with Ricky Martin (remember him?) talking on Buddhist Philosophty, as reported in an Indian newspaper at:

more examples welcome (maybe we should have a prize for the best/worst?) - so use comments to nominate the naffest news story of Celebrity Buddhist matters - or equivalents...


  1. Anonymous12:51 pm

    I know Lisa Simpson says she is a Buddha....

  2. Or Buddhist? But, yes - she is... Maybe a better one than many celebrity Buddhists?

  3. Anonymous2:03 pm

    sorry lol Buddhist! I'm slowly losing my mind....

  4. Anonymous12:19 pm

    does the Dali Lama count?

  5. It's ironic that celebrities - who generally have the most in material terms and also in terms of human adulation - should be drawn to a philosophy (Buddhism couldn't really be called a religion since it's atheistic) that recommends they eschew the very circumstances that gave them their celebrity in the first place.

    I'm reading a book introducing the basic ideas of Buddhism and it's very, very interesting. Pondering over the Noble Eightfold Path - ie meditating on your behaviour measured against 8 rules in the Buddhist code - seems a pretty profound - and, ultimately, very useful thing to do.

    So let's hear it for the fat man - and if a few celebs enrich their lives with something a little deeper than what they do in their day jobs then it's all to the good.

  6. Anonymous10:46 am

    Buddhism isn't neccesarily atheistic. The Buddha himself rejected metaphysical speculation as a matter of principle, and his teachings focused entirely on the practical ways to end suffering.
    Buddha did not explicitly rule out the existence of a God or gods, and very shortly after his death a devotional element formed within Buddhism. Stupas were built to contain relics of the Buddha and pilgrimmages were made to places where he had walked.