August 02, 2010

Guess who's Buddhist now? Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury may often refer to God in his stories, but when to describe his religious identification during an interview with CNN, Bradbury said he was a Zen Buddhist. The author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles---as well as 600 short stories---was interviewed on the eve of his 90th birthday. From CNN:

[Bradbury's] family moved to Los Angeles during the Great Depression to look for work. When he turned 14, Bradbury began visiting Catholic churches, synagogues and charismatic churches on his own to figure out his faith.

Bradbury has been called a Unitarian, but he rejects that term. He dislikes labels of any kind.

"I'm a Zen Buddhist if I would describe myself," he says. "I don't think about what I do. I do it. That's Buddhism. I jump off the cliff and build my wings on the way down."

In the interview Bradbury discusses God, space travel, death, and his lengthy career as a writer. Read the full interview here. We wish Ray Bradbury the best and a happy 90th birthday!

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