Legendary Beatle and committed vegetarian Paul McCartney acknowledges that he travels with a portable Buddha statue on hand: ‘I think candles started it and then somebody brought in a little Buddha. So then we suddenly got this,” he said, according to Britain’s Daily Mail. In 2008, McCartney caused a bit of a Buddhist stir when he took issue with the Dalai Lama’s meat-eating:
…I found out he was not a vegetarian, so I wrote to him saying, “Forgive me for pointing this out, but if you eat animals then there is some suffering somewhere along the line.” He replied saying that his doctors had told him he needed it, so I wrote back saying they were wrong.
This more recent news is more likely to please Buddhists, perhaps even the Dalai Lama.
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