You know Tiger Woods is the world’s most famous Buddhist when his apology causes a greater market volume spike than the FOMC discount rate hike announcement. Here are some links from the news and around the Buddhist blogosphere.
- Surprise, surprise: Tiger didn’t shy from talking about Buddhism. [Shambhala SunSpace]
- Vanity Fair (among others) were surprised to hear Woods’ public embrace of Buddhism.
- Greg Zwahlen notes that Tiger didn’t go Christian, and gives us the Buddhist quote of the day (see below). [One City]
- Ditto. [Huffington Post, Precious Metal]
- Jon Rubinstein analyzes Woods’ quote with a contemplation of the First Noble Truth. [One City]
- Ven. Yuttadhammo admits skepticism of Woods’ Buddhist faith. [Truth is Within]
- Cathy Lynn Grossman likewise questions how different Tiger Woods is from mainstream America. [Faith & Reason]
- Richard Harrold relates the apology to karmic recollections, namely, Kammassakomhi kamma-daayaado kammayoni kammabandhu kammapatisarano—“I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and live dependent on my actions.” [my buddha is pink]
- Clark Strand expands on what a Buddhist-based recovery might look like. [On Faith Blog]
- On the other hand, the BBC had a lot to say on Tiger Woods, but stayed away from the Buddhist comments. [BBC Sport]
Here’s the Buddhist quote of the day.
I owe it to my family to become a better person. I owe it to those closest to me to become a better man. I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don’t realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a creation of things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.
While I’m not particularly proud of what Tiger Woods has done to his family, I’m still glad that he was able to give the world a proper portrayal of Buddhism in the most public (and delicate) of situations.