June 20, 2024


Is Hollywood Buddhism’s Biggest Voice?


Diana Eck, Director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, wrote that “Los Angeles is writing the history of Buddhism in America.”  This segment takes a closer look at the media’s love affair with the Dalai Lama and how Hollywood may be Buddhism’s biggest voice. How did the myth of Shangri-La find roots in the western mind? What was the name of the Episcopal priest who became a Zen Buddhist and its chief radio apologist in the sixties?  Is there a connection between Buddhism and “the Force” introduced by Lucas in Star Wars?  What role has media played in the seeding of American minds with Buddhist ideas?

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