March 4, 2009
Leonard Cohen Back on the Road, Still Looking for God
Nothing like having your business manager abscond with all your assets while you’re meditating on a mountaintop. Such was the unfortunate fate of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, according to an article in The New York Times. Cohen spent five years at a Los Angeles Zen Buddhist Monastery only to return to a shadow of a life. Cohen’s complete financial disregard and naive trust of the manager who robbed him, left him virtually penniless. (A court awarded him $9.5 million but he hasn’t collected a dime, wrote the Times).
In an effort to recover what he lost and tout his newfound spiritual zen, Cohen is back on the road after a fifteen year absence, he told The New York Times. This time, the Sabbath-observant Buddhist is looking to reverse his fortunes—quite literally. And instead of using spirituality to transcend worldly desires, Cohen is on a spiritual journey to get them back.
Cohen tells The New York Times:
His spirituality, however, has helped streamline his life. There are even similarities, he says, between meditating and touring:
However, it hasn’t helped him focus on his business savvy.
But the confounding question is how he maintains his identity as both an observant Jew (he keeps the Sabbath even on tour) and a practicing Buddhist.