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The World's Most Famous Buddhist Celebrities

The World's Most Famous Buddhist Celebrities 

It can be said we live in a celebrity drenched world. We can't pass a news stand or turn on the TV without seeing the warts and all lives of the stars paraded as entertainment for our eyes. Maybe the cult of celebrity has replaced religion as the "opium of the masses".

What celebrities have and particularly the global ones that are usually Hollywood movie stars or celebrated rock icons is a global brand , a presence that is immediate to us all whether we live in a great western metropolis or a remote Indian village -  they literally touch the substance our lives.

The Buddha, when he was on his death bed just over 2500 years ago was adamant that his life’s work and message should continue to prosper and take root far beyond his passing away. So powerful and simple was that message that we hear it loud and clear millennia’s away from when he last drew breath. The message is one of personal spiritual transformation and of love and compassion for all sentient beings. Today more than at anytime in our history we need to clearly hear his message and try and follow the path.

Celebrities are of course powerful vehicles for messages whether they be good or bad so I was proud to promote on our companion blog site a series of the World’s Top 10 Most Famous Buddhists. It’s just a bit of fun ..but then again … a jug fills drop by drop !

I do hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them. So inspired was I by the project that I also produced for the Buddha’s Face You Tube Channel our very own video essay to accompany the piece.The music is the Futurehead's version of the song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
Dalai Lama

Top 10 Most Famous Buddhists

1. The Dalai Lama

2. Richard Gere

3. Steven Seagal

4. Leonard Cohen

5. Harrison Ford

6. Goldie Hawn

7. George Lucas

8. Oliver Stone

9.Tina Turner

10. Una Thurman