Surprising Celebrity Buddhists

Tiger isn't the only big-shot who practices Buddhism
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2010 9:36 AM CST
Surprising Celebrity Buddhists
Tiger Woods mentioned hist faith in his televised apology.   (AP Photo/Lori Moffett, Pool)

Tiger Woods shocked many by mentioning Buddhism in his televised mea culpa. "People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist,” he said. "I drifted away from it in recent years." He's not the only big-shot Buddhist around, the Daily Beast notes. Here are some other celebs who keep the faith:

  • Keanu Reeves: "There is a profound power that is awakened in us by contemplating impermanence and death," says the man who converted after playing Siddhartha in Little Buddha in 1993.

  • Orlando Bloom: The actor credits the religion with giving him “an unshakable sense of self,” and says his faith is "a real anchor."
  • k.d. lang: Though she began studying the religion 10 years ago, she says she's felt like a Buddhist since childhood.
  • Tina Turner: The faith gave her the strength to leave her husband. ''I tested it, and it worked,'' she says.
  • Steven Seagal: The actor, who has studied Buddhism since childhood, was declared a reincarnated lama in 1997.
  • Leonard Cohen: He wrote Hallelujah, but later spent five years living in a Zen Buddhist monastery.
  • Miranda Kerr: "It is very grounding and really centering," says the model, who was introduced to Buddhism by Orlando Bloom.
For the full list, which includes another Orlando Bloom paramour, here.
(Read more Buddhism stories.)

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