Richard Gere is a centered man, living the life of a Buddhist!
As one of the world's most recognizable celebs, we're actually happy hear something other than 'I'm a Scientologist' come out of his mouth! LOLz!
The focus on personal spiritual development is more than enough for the veteran actor! Here's what he has to say:
”It's relevant to everything I do. Buddhism is the camel of my life. It's there everywhere. I don't think you have to be Buddhist to get it, quite honestly. I'm more interested in secular ethics, about what we all have in common. What is good? What is happiness? What is our duty to ourselves?”
YES! That makes us so happy!
But then he spoke about sexual maturity, and how he tries to control his strong erotic urges, because desire causes suffering. That's where he kinda lost us:
”I haven't quite got there myself. You don't want to lose that energy but there's an unseemliness at a certain age when you're run by it, when you're not in control, that's really kind of foul. That's what we have to look at. How can I use desire in such a way that I might be proud of it at the end of my life? There is a way but you have to work at it. At some future date I will be there.”
Unless of course he's talking about channeling all those desires into his sexual relationship with his wife, which is fine by us!
Otherwise, cutting yourself off sounds awful!
[Image via WENN.]
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