ce·leb·ri·ty /səˈlɛbrɪti/ –noun
Eminem has turned Buddhist?
Parents of Eminem fans can relax -- the rapper may actually be preaching a peaceful Eastern philosophy. In his new book, Buddha or Bust, Perry Garfinkel says Buddha’s wisdom is cryptically encoded in Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
The line “You better lose yourself in the music, the moment” mirrors the Buddhist meditative practice of mindfulness (vipassana), in which the practitioner lives in the here and now. “By being present in the moment, he finds himself,” Garfinkel says. Still, he adds, “I highly doubt Eminem would know a boddhisatva from a bodacious babe.” (Source)
And Britney Spears' well known head shaving saga was well reported, as well as apocryphal rumors of a conversion to Buddhism and ascetic reform.
Where Britney goes, it's only a matter of time before a few select celebrities follow (even if she didn't really go there outside the rumor mill). Soon squeaky clean Justin Timberlake will resort to Signing vulgarities.
Orlando visited president Ikeda in Japan and wrote a poem for him:
With integrity as my staff,
with you and all of the Buddhas of the ten directions as my mentor,
With kosen-rufu as my goal, I will climb the mountainous path of the
Mystic Law until I gaze out from the peak.
There I will ready myself with gratitude for the next adventure.
I look forward to climbing many mountains -- lifetime after lifetime at your side.
"Sincerely, your disciple and friend, Orlando."
Megan Fox, rushing through airports to the set of Diablo Cody's ("Juno" fame) new movie, is rumored to be "searching for herself." Then again, who isn't?
As for Madonna, who just turned 50 as she embarked on a new world tour, finding a center by meditating and studying Kabbalah is keeping her together and out of scandals (for the most part).
- See related article on "Why People Are Obsessed with Celebrities."
- NOTE: WQ loves celebrities, just doing their job of distracting the world and all. It is, however, not fond of the celebritization by the media (e.g., Sarah Palin).