David Bowie considered becoming a Buddhist monk, and studied for a few months in 1967 before a Lama told him he should follow music instead. His ashes were scattered in Bali in accordance with Buddhist rituals.
The first president of Mongolia, Peljidiin Genden allegedly slapped and broke Stalin’s pipe after Stalin pressured him to destroy Mongolia’s buddhist clergies. Genden was “invited” to the USSR, ostensibly for medical treatment, in April 1936. He then spent a whole year at the Black Sea resort town of Foros. In summer 1937, he was arrested as part of Stalin’s Great Purge and under interrogation admitted to conspiring with “lamaist reactionaries” and “Japanese spies”. He was executed in Moscow on November 26, 1937 by the order of Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the USSR for ‘his attempt to political coup and being a spy of Japan’.
At age 71 legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen discovered he was nearly broke after his long time manager and former lover stole $5M. The theft started after Cohen entered a Zen Buddhist retreat when he retired, believing he had enough money to live there the rest of his life.
Two Buddhists who bought £5,000 of live Crustacea and released them into the sea for good karma, were fined £15,000 for ‘untold damage’ to the environment by introducing non-native species.
The Buddha himself was not a vegetarian and did not urge his disciples to become vegetarian either. In matter of fact, earlier teachings actually encourage the consumption of meat. Even today, you’ll find Buddhists who still eat meat willingly.
Tibetans have a gene mutation that may represent the strongest instance of documented evolution in humans.
According to neuroscience recordings of brain waves Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk, is literally the happiest person ever tested.
Through a series of mistranslated texts, the Christian Church unwittingly accepted the Buddha as a Christian saint in the Middle Ages.
Most Japanese schools don’t have janitors. Instead children do the cleaning daily as part of a practice rooted in Buddhist traditions that associate cleaning with morality.
There is a Nepali boy who plans on meditating forever, and has already meditated for years.