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I never could sit still long enough to meditate, but since my experience with cancer, I do it every day. I'm a little baby Zen Buddhist. Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin, actor extraordinaire on stage, screen, and television, is also a self-professed Jewbu, Jewish with a dash of Buddhist, according to New York magazine.

In 2005 TVGuide.com asked him: Have things ever been better for you?

Patinkin: The greatest gift in my life was getting cancer because it taught me how much I love my life, my family, my friends and my work, and it taught me that I must find a way to find some peace and calm every day. I never could sit still long enough to meditate, but since my experience with cancer, I do it every day. I'm a little baby Zen Buddhist.

The NY mag story contains evidence that he's continued to practice. The interviewer asked if Saul, the character he plays on Showtime's "Homeland," is a good guy or a bad one?

Patinkin: “I don’t want to know. I don’t know what’s going to happen five seconds from now, so why should Saul? As an actor, I play the scene the same way whether he’s bad or good. My inner motivation is to make the world a better place; the bad guy and the good guy think the same thing.”

Shana tova u'metucha! all you JewBus. Happy 5773.

"Until further notice, celebrate everything!" -- motto on on a pillow in Patinkin's apartment, cited in NYMag story

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