September 23, 2017

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Is Hollywood Buddhism’s Biggest Voice?

Synopsis:

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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