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ACTOR JOINS THE THRONGS AT MOUNTAINTOP BLESSING

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Almost unnoticed last week among the throngs atop California's Mount Tamalpais attending the Dalai Lama's first mountain blessing since winning the Nobel Peace Prize was actor Richard Gere. The movie star took up the Eastern religion 10 years ago after his first visit to Nepal. "There's a very deep and strict philosophical and logical basis to the system that this extraordinary man, Gotama Buddha, came up with," Gere said. An outspoken critic of U.S. policy in Central America and an active environmentalist, Gere's chief cause remains the freeing of Tibet from Chinese rule.