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Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

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Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby cooran » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:51 pm

Hello all,


Miami, FL (USA) -- Tiger Woods, the legendary yet disgraced golfer highlighted two aspects in his carefully orchestrated speech on February 19, rehabilitation and religion.
The billionaire athlete in his thirteen and half minute statement, his first public appearance since the unfortunate car crash outside his Florida mansion almost four months back setting off the sordid revelations about his illicit sexual affairs linking him to as many as eighteen mistress almost, not only apologized to his wife, family, friends and business associates for his appalling conduct but also vowed to go back to his Buddhist roots in an attempt to make redemption for his past transgressions and seek and attain salvation.
The ace golf champ who derived his Thai roots from his mother Kutilda Tida admitted in front of the press that his deviation from Buddhism led him to go astray.
The tarnished golfer repented that he “quit meditating” and “quit being a Buddhist” which caused his life to go “upside down” and vowed to wear the thin Buddhist bracelet, which he showed to Golf Channel viewers and said that the bracelet would continue to grace his hand when he makes his much-anticipated return to golf at the Masters next month (touted to be one of the greatest media spectacle in recent times.)
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php ... 08,0,0,1,0

May he begin again and follow the Precepts, practise generosity, and go back to meditation

with metta,
Chris
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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby bodom » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:07 pm

Good for him. I wish him nothing but success and happiness.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby Ben » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:13 pm

I'm not aware of a 'Buddhist' bracelet.
Anyway, good for him. I hope its not just more spin and that he engages with practice earnestly.
kind regards

Ben
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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
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but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby Tex » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:15 pm

I hope Tiger is serious about this and practices earnestly. At first I was skeptical about him mentioning Buddhism -- the whole image rehabilitation program he's doing seems very contrived -- but hopefully practicing will help him save his marriage and a few years from now we'll look back and think of him as an example of how strongly the Dhamma can influence and reshape our lives.

Much metta to Tiger in his practice.

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"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby Tex » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:22 pm

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby BubbaBuddhist » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:26 am

Author of Redneck Buddhism: or Will You Reincarnate as Your Own Cousin?

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:42 am

I think the bracelet might be the ceremonial blessing string that Sri Lankan monks like to use. They chant protective verses such as Jaya-mangala-Gatha and then wrap and tie the string around the lay people.

Most of them are white, some yellow. I have a five color one (the Buddhist colors) that is weaved together that was given to me by a monk at Dharma Vijaya in Los Angeles.
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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:56 am

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby Ben » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:02 am

Nice post David
Somehow, I think it might be a case of casting a pearl into the pig sty.
I noted on Maher's blog on the Huffington Post site generated over 1,000 comments. I would be surprised if Maher was genuinely interested in an alternative point of view rather than what appears to be the intended purpose of generating interest in his blog and traffic to Huffington Post (or his other blogspot).
I did however see one old e-sangha member post on Maher's HP site which was interesting.
But nice effort David. If you gave one person there pause for thought - it will have been a worthwhile effort.
metta

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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby Paññāsikhara » Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:21 am

My recently moved Blog, containing some of my writings on the Buddha Dhamma, as well as a number of translations from classical Buddhist texts and modern authors, liturgy, etc.: .

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby Mawkish1983 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:49 am

I really hope this works out for Mr Woods. Buddhism (or rather me following the Buddha's teachings as closely as I can) saved my marriage, of that there is no doubt. I can [slightly] relate to Mr Wood's situation, having been in a [slightly] similar situation myself. I really liked your response, David, to that comedian.

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby plwk » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:48 am

Thus Have I Heard...Once..in a song...by a band, 'The Coconuts'...
Cause I'm minding my own business for a change
Uh huh huh huh huh
Yeah I'm minding my own business for a change
Ooh yeah

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby BlackBird » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:08 am

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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby alan » Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:35 pm

Maher isn't the dumbest guy out there. In fact, for mainstream America, he is slightly to the left (that would be the good side), in politics and social policy. But like all comedians, he has a desperate need to please. He'll take a joke anyway he can get it.
Even Jon Stewart, who can be brilliant, resorts to this.

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby meindzai » Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:30 pm

I thought Bill Maher was brilliant and funny when he was ripping on other religions, but now I don't. LOL Very childish, I know. :tantrum:

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Re: Tiger Woods vows affinity to Buddhism forever

Postby bodom » Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:39 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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