Lawrence Kasanoff was, at one time, a classic Hollywood producer - a guy with big projects and a bad temper.
He was and is the guy behind the "Mortal Kombat" movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger's "True Lies," Ralph Fiennes' "Strange Days."
Then, several years ago, he read a book by the Buddhist monk Thích Nhat Hanh. He decided to go to meet the famous practitioner of mindfulness not because he sought enlightenment, but because he thought the monk might inspire a new "Mortal Kombat" character.
"I spent two hours with him, and I felt as if I'd been on vacation," says Kasanoff. He asked the monk, known affectionately as Thay, what his secret is.
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