Cohen’s Music Career In The 1980’s

In the 1980’s, Leonard Cohen enjoyed lots of success with his music attracting a new generation of fans. At this point Cohen was doing well commercially. Unfortunately, Cohen’s life has started spinning out of control; he could not perform on stage before taking three to four bottles wine. Trying to get his life back on track, Cohen decided to seek sanctuary at the Zen center in 1994, after completing a world tour where he was marketing his newest album titled The Future. Prior to that, Leonard Cohen had been a frequent visitor of the Zen center monastery for more than a decade. At times, he was spending more than three months. As a matter of fact, there is a time that the world has lost him for good. It is in 1994 that Cohen donned on a black robe and shaved his hand and devoted his life 100% to study of Zen Buddhism.

When asked what he was doing at the Zen center, Cohen said that he was not looking for religion, or a series of rituals. However, Leonard Cohen admitted that he had great sense of disorder in his life combined with distress, depression and chaos. Follow Mahée Ferlini to learn everything that happened when Cohen was at the Zen center.  

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