Tiger Woods: ‘I Lost Track Of My Buddhist Teachings’
At today’s press conference, Tiger Woods made specific note of how he lost what he’d been taught having been raised Buddhist by his mother. When news of Tiger Woods affairs broke, some questioned his faith and spirituality, most notably, Fox News analyst Brit Hume actively suggested that Tiger would be better off forsaking Buddhism for the more “redemptive” and “forgiving” Christianity. What do we know about the redemptive
First – a video clip of Tiger discussing his faith during his press conference
A guiding principle of Buddhism is Karma – the law that guides our lives and acts as the basic social contract for humanity. From Buddhanet, Karma is defined thusly:
Karma is the law that every cause has an effect, i.e., our actions have results. This simple law explains a number of things: inequality in the world, why some are born handicapped and some gifted, why some live only a short life. Karma underlines the importance of all individuals being responsible for their past and present actions. How can we test the karmic effect of our actions? The answer is summed up by looking at (1) the intention behind the action, (2) effects of the action on oneself, and (3) the effects on others.
What else do we know about what Buddha teach? The basic concepts in Buddhism can be summed up by the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. Also from Buddhanet:
• What is the First Noble Truth?
The first truth is that life is suffering i.e., life includes pain, getting old, disease, and ultimately death. We also endure psychological suffering like loneliness frustration, fear, embarrassment, disappointment and anger. This is an irrefutable fact that cannot be denied. It is realistic rather than pessimistic because pessimism is expecting things to be bad. lnstead, Buddhism explains how suffering can be avoided and how we can be truly happy.
• What is the Second Noble Truth?
The second truth is that suffering is caused by craving and aversion. We will suffer if we expect other people to conform to our expectation, if we want others to like us, if we do not get something we want,etc. In other words, getting what you want does not guarantee happiness. Rather than constantly struggling to get what you want, try to modify your wanting. Wanting deprives us of contentment and happiness. A lifetime of wanting and craving and especially the craving to continue to exist, creates a powerful energy which causes the individual to be born. So craving leads to physical suffering because it causes us to be reborn.
• What is the Third Noble Truth?
The third truth is that suffering can be overcome and happiness can be attained; that true happiness and contentment are possible. lf we give up useless craving and learn to live each day at a time (not dwelling in the past or the imagined future) then we can become happy and free. We then have more time and energy to help others. This is Nirvana.
• What is the Fourth Noble Truth?
The fourth truth is that the Noble 8-fold Path is the path which leads to the end of suffering.
Brit Hume clarified his comments on Tiger’s faith in the clip below:
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