Buddhist Celebrities.

Via on Dec 16, 2010

Two parts Miranda Kerr in a bikini, one part Buddhism.

She’s Buddhist.

So are these other 20 first tier celebuddhists—celebs including Steve Jobs, Tina Turner, Philip Glass and Richard Gere.


“…Kerr practices Nichiren Buddhism and believes “we have a responsibility to bring peace and harmony to our lives and the world.” As part of her Nichiren beliefs, Kerr reportedly chants every morning and night for 20 minutes, practices yoga, meditates, and reads widely on spirituality.”[7]

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom


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19 Responses to “Buddhist Celebrities.”

  1. Padma Kadag says:

    You know it's funny, speaking for myself and this is a first impression thought, celebrity buddhists or any other buddhist…I just don't take their "Buddhist-ness" seriously when they are describing themselves or others as such. First of all when I am told that someone is a Catholic or a Jew my tendency is to believe them, that they have a history in Catholic-ness or Jewish-ness, etc. Buddhists are a dime a dozen…we don't need to go into all of the reasons why I feel that way. I guess maybe the fact that Buddhists advertise their Buddhist-ness and articles like this one promote Buddhism as some kind of Hip fad. Yes I "rejoice" for their Buddhistness…But why do we feel a need to identify Buddhists? I know many people that regard themselves Buddhist and have never received any teachings or know the life story of the Buddha. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer

    • Blake says:

      Kind of like people who call themselves yogis when they've only been to the yoga class at their 24 Hour Fitness?

    • elephantjournal says:

      All good, and good points! I wouldn't argue that this article is some sort of serious journalism…but it's fascinating to know that Philip Glass, Steve Jobs, Miranda Kerr etc are finding solace and mission through mindfulness…and it's safe to imagine that their varying degrees of practice influence their work in the world, which is by definition as a "celeb" influential. So that's all good, and ought to be celebrated—these are individuals who are interesting to millions of folks who have never practiced meditating on the present moment. ~ Waylon

  2. If Miranda Kerr will just agree to marry me, I'll become a Buddhist, too…

  3. Padma Kadag says:

    Wow…reading comprehension is a lost art. Look…my comments are meant to be casual commentary on the fad of Buddhism with celebrity and mostly about the need to identify those celebrities as such. I am not taking a stand here…lighten up. As I said I rejoice at their Buddhism…But you can't tell me….Viraya, Jenny jenjen.. you don't know what I am talking about???!!! Certainly we can comment on subjects just because. Not because it is important?

  4. Ella says:

    As long as we're commenting and making statements… I wear my japa mala like I used to rock my backwards saggin' jeans, 108 ways to be trendy and then some (just kidding)! But in truth, I have a cornucopia of sacred treasures and am proud to represent. Three cheers for wearing a glow in the dark rosary from a Roman Catholic grandma while rubbing a happy buddha belly figurine on my Balinese alter after reading Siddhartha and burning sage while calling the four corners. If you can be a cafeteria Catholic, why not a polytheistic one love star swinger?

  5. Kathi Kizirnis says:

    Thanks for making me laugh, Ella! And is that a Bikram knee-lock on that chick or what?!

  6. lindsey says:

    Miranda helped me out with my half-moon pose a couple years back in a SoHo yoga class. She was kind to assist me in class and as I recall in a down-to earth, approachable sweet manner- the girl walks the talk!

  7. melissa says:

    kerr may be gorgeous and buddhist but she really needs to drop that left hip.

  8. Bud Wilson says:

    Hey Way, Maybe your post could be linked with my encouragement to join the "give away" bandwagon – perhaps with all the celebrities listed as Buddhists and Yogis, our 1 degree of separation society can get this message of generosity to them and the world will be a better place because of their practice and all that brings to their awareness! http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/12/how-about-

  9. Viraya says:

    Succinctly stated, thank you. I am an acquaintance of one of the "celebrities" mentioned, and I'm sure s/he wouldn't care what anyone thought of their practice of Buddhism, especially @Padma Kadag. This "celebrity" has been a sincere practitioner of Buddhism for years and it manifests in their personal and professional life. (This "celebrity" never advertised their "Buddhist-ness" to me, I learned of it inadvertently. ) And, now I'll announce I'm a Buddhist, but no celebrity!

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