Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed he once taught English to monks at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery for a year. The 40-year-old actor spent a year in Nepal at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery working with the religious men to help them speak his mother tongue, reported Female First.
Cumberbatch loved the experience as after his lessons he would go hiking with his friends see the beautiful sights the South Asian country had to offer and he used the time to explore philosophical ideas such as the nature of being.
“I used to teach monks in the morning … When I was at the monastery I read Fritjof Capra’s book ‘The Tao of Physics’. The thing about it is even if we can explain everything, the explanations are wonderful. I’m not rational at all.
“I hit walls trying to understand things in the universe. Things on a molecular level, or circadian rhythms. Those are fascinating, they’re hard-wired into us. Every form of life has a circadian rhythm, from a cellular fungus to a human, to regulate our body clock. I think there’s a spirituality in science, there’s wonder in logic, and the world just gets bizarre the more you think about it,” he said.