tiger as an unredeemable buddhist baddie

6 Jan

You may have seen Brit Hume’s comments about Tiger Woods already.  But if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.

Whether he can recover as a person depends on his faith. He’s said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be: Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.

This clip has been going around the Buddhist websites lately.  Fortunately for Hume, Buddhists tend to refrain from mud-slinging.  Personally, I can’t help but comment.

  1. The comparison is faulty from the beginning because many of us don’t consider Buddhism to be a “faith” like other religions.
  2. Of course Christianity offers more redemption than Buddhism.  For redemption you need a redeemer.  We don’t have redeemers, gods, deities, etc.
  3. Forgiveness is another story.  Buddhism is all about forgiveness and compassion.  I’d say compassion is the most important principle in the entire Buddhist philosophy.  We seek forgiveness from the people that we have wronged and from ourselves.
  4. Maybe Brit is right about Tiger’s public image.  Maybe he needs to “get right with God” in order for the public to believe that he’s a changed man and like him again.  I think we should leave the guy alone and let him deal with his personal issues in private, where they belong….and yet I feel the need to blog about it.
  5. I don’t think it makes any difference which religion Tiger follows.  Everyone makes mistakes.  I won’t whip out the names of all of the Christian public figures that have been involved in sex scandals in recent years.
  6. Converting to Christianity will not make him a great example to the world.  Actually following the advice of any of the major world religions, Buddhism included, would have prevented his “bad behavior” in the first place.  And Christianity is not necessary in order to be a loving, compassionate, admirable person…….um hello, Ghandi.

One Response to “tiger as an unredeemable buddhist baddie”

  1. Daron Chitrik February 2, 2010 at 02:27 #

    Thanks for this site. Very informative article.

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