(Pat the Movie Critic): Hollywood has a reputation for religions experimentation…

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How else to explain the rise in popularity of Scientology in the 1970s and ’80s, or Kabbalah in the 2000s? Though not as well publicized, a number of celebrities have also taken an interest in Buddhism. Many continue to practice throughout their lives. For these celebrity Buddhists, following the middle way has led them to the top of the showbiz heap.

Angelina Jolie

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Jolie has raised her children within Buddhism, and the famously inked actress has two tattoos of Buddhist prayers as well.

Brad Pitt

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Pitt began studying Buddhism after marrying now-estranged wife Angelina Jolie. He also instructed their children in the faith.

Sharon Stone

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The sexy “Basic Instinct” star converted to Buddhism after moving to Hollywood. She says her conversion came about after seeing women shamed for their bodies and sexuality.

Uma Thurman

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The Oscar-nominated “Kill Bill” star grew up Buddhist, and it should come as no surprise. Her father is an internationally respected Buddhist scholar.

Tiger Woods

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The golf icon grew up Buddhist. After his high-profile cheating scandal and subsequent divorce, he cited a renewed attention to his faith for overcoming his human weaknesses.

Sarah Jessica Parker

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Goldie Hawn

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Hawn grew up Jewish, and still considers Judaism her core faith. She has said that she’s studied Buddhism as well, and takes the religion’s teaching to heart.

Tina Turner

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The music legend converted to Buddhism in 1973. She cites her faith as a major turning point in her career, and in her personal life. It gave her the courage to leave her abusive husband Ike in 1976.

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Though he considers himself somewhat agnostic, singer Sting also practices Buddhism. He also claims his faith led him to an interest in yoga to stay in shape.

Richard Gere

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Orlando Bloom

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Kate Bosworth

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The “Still Alice” star has practiced Buddhism throughout her life. She also has active membership in Soka Gakkai International, an organization for Buddhist laypeople.

Jackie Chan

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Jessica Lange

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George Lucas

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Jeremy Piven

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Jeff Bridges

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Courtney Love

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Jet Li

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The legendary kung-fu star grew up practicing Buddhism. He cites his faith as a reason for studying martial arts, and as a way to focus the mind.

Steven Seagal

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