He proceeded with performing "pradaksina", a ritual circling the temple as a token of respect...Magelang, C Java (ANTARA News) - Hollywood actor Richard Gere meditated at the Borobudur Temple here Monday morning.
Accompanied by his wife and children, Gere arrived at the ancient Buddhist temple at around 4.30 am local time and directly went up to the top or the Borobudur`s main stupa to see the panorama surrounding the temple.
He proceeded with performing "pradaksina", a ritual circling the temple as a token of respect. After praying, he meditated in front of the Borobodur temple`s main stupa.
Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratuboko Tourist Park Manager Purnomo Siswoprasetjo said Richard Gere had canceled a plan to ride an elephant to go around the temple and surrounding villages due to the presence of a big crowd and the media that made him feel uncomfortable.
A practicing Buddhist, Richard Gere also skipped a bodhi tree planting ceremony and planned visits to Mendut and Pawon temples.
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