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why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:14:51 PM »
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2013, 09:19:10 PM »
I don't think he is .. we probably shouldn't meddle in the privacy of stars and celebrities.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2013, 09:29:45 PM »
I don't think he is .. we probably shouldn't meddle in the privacy of stars and celebrities.
He has publicly spoken about being a Buddhist before, and has in the past funneled some money into Buddhist projects.

The American version of Buddhism used to be quite a fashionable religion.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2013, 09:33:28 PM »
He agreed to do a guest spot on The Simpsons on the condition that Lisa's conversion to Buddhism wasn't undone. I can tell you more about Lisa Simpson's Buddhism that would be interesting to you.

Edit: That was Paul McCartney and Lisa's vegetarianism. Richard Gere's conditions were that Buddhism was accurately portrayed and that Lisa say "Free Tibet" at some point.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2013, 09:35:38 PM »
Does anyone no why? Have you ever heard why?
I believe he is a student of Tibetan Buddhism, specifically of the Gelukpa tradition (the Dalai Lama's tradition).

Why? Well, some people like to practice Buddhism, I guess. ::)
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013, 09:54:38 PM »
It seems like Mr. Gere at least takes it seriously and not as a cafeteria faith or fad.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2013, 10:50:10 PM »
Seems fabricated or fictional.

Probably because the underlying assumption of Buddhist practice isn't authentic.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2013, 10:54:23 PM »
Does anyone no why? Have you ever heard why?
I believe he is a student of Tibetan Buddhism, specifically of the Gelukpa tradition (the Dalai Lama's tradition).

Why? Well, some people like to practice Buddhism, I guess. ::)

Seems fabricated or fictional.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2013, 11:02:20 PM »
If you were living in a Buddhist country - it be different but it seems like the frontier of the Western world instead of the East.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
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why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?

I dunno ... in the United States people are free to practise any belief or religion they choose.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2013, 03:11:51 PM »
It seems like Mr. Gere at least takes it seriously and not as a cafeteria faith or fad.

do you admire him for that? because this is the feeling i am getting from your response.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2013, 03:13:32 PM »
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why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?

I dunno ... in the United States people are free to practise any belief or religion they choose.

this is true mostly everywhere these days.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2013, 04:29:53 PM »
It seems like Mr. Gere at least takes it seriously and not as a cafeteria faith or fad.

do you admire him for that? because this is the feeling i am getting from your response.

Well, he would stick out from many celebrities for actually believing in something and sticking with it instead of using a religion for his own mystique.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2013, 02:08:42 PM »
It seems odd that Julia Roberts is now a theological cousin to him, coming out as a Hindu.  That movie "Pretty Woman" was a good movie...
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2013, 02:14:34 PM »
It seems odd that Julia Roberts is now a theological cousin to him, coming out as a Hindu.

One thing's for sure: Jules will never look as good in a sari as Liz Hurley. ;)
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2013, 02:47:16 PM »
It seems odd that Julia Roberts is now a theological cousin to him, coming out as a Hindu.

One thing's for sure: Jules will never look as good in a sari as Liz Hurley. ;)

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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2013, 03:01:54 PM »
Does anyone no why? Have you ever heard why?

Because of some meritorious deed in a previous life, I presume.

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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2013, 05:40:10 PM »
Who cares?
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2013, 06:04:30 PM »
I can't speak for Richard Gere, but several things appealing about Tibetan Buddhism off the bat:

1. It has a highly developed, rigorous, and subtle psychological system which bespeaks some very powerful and wise minds in its construction, while also leaving plenty of room for mystical experience.

2. It has beautiful liturgy, art, music, etc.

3. It is an ancient and deep-rooted tradition with strong monastic as well as lay foundations.

4. A lot of the monks/ nuns you'll meet seem like genuinely kind, caring, and thoughtful people.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2013, 09:20:18 PM »
I can't speak for Richard Gere, but several things appealing about Tibetan Buddhism off the bat:

1. It has a highly developed, rigorous, and subtle psychological system which bespeaks some very powerful and wise minds in its construction, while also leaving plenty of room for mystical experience.

2. It has beautiful liturgy, art, music, etc.

3. It is an ancient and deep-rooted tradition with strong monastic as well as lay foundations.

4. A lot of the monks/ nuns you'll meet seem like genuinely kind, caring, and thoughtful people.

Most of these can be found in christianity as well as suffism.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2013, 09:24:38 PM »
Richard Gere is probably the greatest actor of all time, guys, so let's take this thread very seriously, because what he believes in is of the most utmost importance.

Also, because making a Runaway Monk movie would be the best with Michelle Yeoh.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2013, 09:35:41 PM »
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2013, 08:51:32 AM »
Who cares?

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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2013, 09:04:45 AM »
I can't speak for Richard Gere, but several things appealing about Tibetan Buddhism off the bat:

1. It has a highly developed, rigorous, and subtle psychological system which bespeaks some very powerful and wise minds in its construction, while also leaving plenty of room for mystical experience.

2. It has beautiful liturgy, art, music, etc.

3. It is an ancient and deep-rooted tradition with strong monastic as well as lay foundations.

4. A lot of the monks/ nuns you'll meet seem like genuinely kind, caring, and thoughtful people.

Most of these can be found in christianity as well as suffism.

Isn't variety grand?
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2013, 12:12:55 PM »
Does anyone no why? Have you ever heard why?

Because he apparently hasn't heard of Orthodoxy.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #28 on: January 22, 2013, 01:18:39 PM »
this took all of nine seconds via google

Richard Gere's Buddhism doc from BBC

As noted previously, he actually takes his Buddhism more seriously than most Western celebrities seem to.  He's not some fly-by-night Buddhist who read about it in a magazine.  He's actually studied it.  Of course, I think his spiritual conclusions are wrong, but I respect his faith (although that's a weird word to use in the context but you know what I mean).
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2013, 03:08:17 PM »
this took all of nine seconds via google

Richard Gere's Buddhism doc from BBC

As noted previously, he actually takes his Buddhism more seriously than most Western celebrities seem to.  He's not some fly-by-night Buddhist who read about it in a magazine.  He's actually studied it.  Of course, I think his spiritual conclusions are wrong, but I respect his faith (although that's a weird word to use in the context but you know what I mean).


Wasn't he in the running for being a reincarnated lesser llama or something, but Segal beat him in the end to possessing the cycles of previous enlightenment?

This came up in google images for segal gere buddhist reincarnated:

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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #30 on: January 22, 2013, 05:11:29 PM »
I can't speak for Richard Gere, but several things appealing about Tibetan Buddhism off the bat:

1. It has a highly developed, rigorous, and subtle psychological system which bespeaks some very powerful and wise minds in its construction, while also leaving plenty of room for mystical experience.

2. It has beautiful liturgy, art, music, etc.

3. It is an ancient and deep-rooted tradition with strong monastic as well as lay foundations.

4. A lot of the monks/ nuns you'll meet seem like genuinely kind, caring, and thoughtful people.

Most of these can be found in christianity as well as suffism.

Isn't variety grand?

Unlike the maxim, I find it rarely to be the spice of life. And really a sorta interesting saying if you take its meaning rather literally. (Note to non-nerds who are obsessed it is cognate with wart. And something like wart is probably its more radical meaning.)

Guess if you lead a spicy enough life you will probably have a wart or two.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
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This came up in google images for segal gere buddhist reincarnated:



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Steven Seagal created controversy last week in the Baltic nation of Estonia, but not for his cinematic efforts. The actor, better known for his Hollywood tough guy roles is also, it transpires, a blues singer and guitar player. But his attempts to bring his musical talent to Estonia has gone down badly in a country that has a fraught history with its eastern neighbour Russia, as Seagal has been vocal in his support of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
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Seagal told Russian news outlet Rossiyskaya Gazeta: "He's one of the greatest world leaders alive today. I consider him my friend. But what has really rankled Estonians was Seagal's comment that Russia's annexation of Crimea was "entirely reasonable".
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2014, 07:08:55 PM »

Mr. Seagal is a very sick man.  Let us pray he is healed soon.
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« Reply #33 on: July 25, 2014, 11:19:11 AM »

Mr. Seagal is a very sick man.  Let us pray he is healed soon.
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Re: why is Richard Gere a Buddhist?
« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2014, 10:22:16 AM »
My uncle took aikido lessons from Segal, before he got famous. He says that even then he acted like a movie star.
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