Richard Gere plans to build a spa to encourage others to follow
The 53-year-old CHICAGO star - a close friend of the Dalai Lama - believes
his proposed SPA TIBET complex could boost awareness of the religion and its
spiritual home. The holiday retreat - based in Tibet, a country annexed by
China - will hold
monasteries, hot baths and rooms for meditation.
Gere says there would be "an influx of Westerners and Chinese to the new
spiritual tourist destination, filling Communist coffers, thereby alleviating
the economic drain that China perceives Tibet."