After three years as a couple and denial after denial of wedding plans, today Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom announced their engagement. Australian super model Miranda Kerr recently turned 27 and British actor and famous Lord of The Rings elf Legolas, Orlando Bloom, is 33. Before he met Miranda, Bloom was in a four year relationship with American actress, Kate Bosworth. Before Bloom, Kerr dated finance broker, Adrian Camilleri, till he was found guilty of fraudulent behavior and she broke it off.
Both Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom are practicing Buddhists and are members of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist organization. Soka Gakkai is a Japanese Buddhist group that emphasizes the dignity of all life and in living your life to help your community. Currently, 10% of the Japanese population are members of Soka Gakkai. Members chant the Buddhist chant – Nam Myoho Renge Kyo – every day, as they believe it refreshes and energizes them. SGI is popular in America, the country with the second highest number of SGI members after Japan, and boasts other celebrity members like Patrick Duffy and Tina Turner.
As SGI Buddhists, for both Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom, the environment, nature, treating your fellow man decently, helping society and believing in the sanctity of life are all incredibly important. So, it’s likely the Bloom-Kerr wedding will be one that is not religious (Buddhism is technically not a religion) but will instead celebrate all of their Buddhist beliefs. It’s also likely they’ll have a wedding that’s low-key and not like the typical Hollywood extravagant weddings other celebrities have. What a nice change that will be.
In a Details magazine interview in 2007 Orlando Bloom said about Soka Gakkai Buddhism, “It’s about studying what is going on in my daily life and using that as fuel to go and live a bigger life”.
Miranda Kerr says in her adherence to her Buddhist beliefs, she meditates every morning, chants Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and does yoga. She also works for environmental causes and was recently photographed on a Rolling Stone’s magazine cover naked, to bring attention to Australia’s koala bears.
The couple’s engagement is attracting attention from news media all over the world, which is probably why they’ve kept the details of their relationship so private for so long. Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom though seem like a match made in heaven, serious about their Buddhist beliefs and more concerned about the world in general than they are about themselves and a typical celebrity lifestyle. And that can only be a good thing.
Soka Gakkai International – Wikipedia