Sunday, February 24, 2008

Orlando to commit himself to Buddhism

Orlando Bloom is a "sweetheart", says his girlfriend. Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, who began dating the Lord of the Rings actor last October, remains coy about their relationship, but has revealed she thinks highly of him.

She told America’s People magazine, "He’s a sweetheart and that’s all I’m going say. A real sweetheart." Miranda also revealed she and Orlando share a love for Buddhism. She said, "I practice Japanese Buddhism. At the heart of it all, it’s about practicing peace."

In 2005, Orlando took his first steps towards becoming a Buddhist by taking part in an hour long ceremony to commit himself to the faith. He joined 60 other fledgling Buddhists at the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist movement at Taplow Court Mansion in Maidenhead, Berkshire. During the ceremony, Orlando was presented with a Gohonzon, a scroll with Chinese and Sanskrit characters on it.

Last week, Orlando and Miranda were seen kissing at New York’s Max Brenner Chocolate café when they popped in to pick up two mocha hot chocolates. A source said, "They made out the entire time they were waiting in the line. They didn’t seem to care who saw them and only had eyes for each other."