As a recording artist, Tina Turner's career spans sixty years, and most recently includes a series of interfaith albums called Beyond. For nearly fifty of those years, Turner has practiced SGI Nichiren Buddhism. In 2020, she released Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good (Atria), co-authored with Taro Gold and Regula Curti. This memoir details the role of Buddhism in her life and career. Her religious practice was also captured in the 2021 HBO Films Documentary TINA, which uses never-before-seen footage, audio tapes, personal photos, and new interviews, including with Tina Turner herself, to tell her story of triumph over adversity.
Moderator: Ralph H. Craig III, Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at Stanford University
Ralph H. Craig III is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at Stanford University, specializing in South Asian Buddhism and American Religions.
Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin are documentary filmmakers. Together, they co-directed, produced, and edited the 2011 sports documentary Undefeated, which received the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Their film LA92, about the 1992 Civil unrest in Los Angeles (commonly referred to as the LA Riots), won the 2017 Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and was shortlisted for the Oscars. Most recently, they directed the feature-length 2021 HBO Films documentary, TINA, about the life of singer Tina Turner.
Taro Gold is the co-author with Tina Turner of her new book Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good. His other popular books include the New York Times bestsellers Open Your Mind, Open Your Life, and Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life, as well as perennial favorites The Tao of Mom, The Tao of Dad, and What Is Love? A Simple Guide to Romantic Happiness.
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