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Tiger Tamed

I just watched Tiger’s press/public statement. Whatever his truth — whatever his past or future — he seemed very genuine, straight, humble(d), and believable. Guess we’ll see.

My biggest interest was when he spoke about his upbringing as a Buddhist. That didn’t surprise me in terms of how focused he’s been on the golf course, but of course, it’s hard to see any traces of his study of Buddhism in his behavior toward women, sexuality, and marriage.

I’ve studied Buddhism and been attracted to its tenets for a long time. I’ve always felt very strongly about its philosophy that it is our craving that is our undoing — whatever it is that we crave. I do try to create a life — day to day — where I have no attachment that would result in a desire to control outcomes or people.

Buddha at the door

Buddha at the door

It’s extremely hard to do and I’m equally successful and unsuccessful, and accordingly, I try to have no attachment to that success or failure either. If you’re interested, pick up a copy of The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha. I’m somewhere along the Eightfold Path — but where exactly, I can’t say.

I’ve been harsh about Tiger … and right now, all I’m feeling is compassion. So, if his talk did nothing else than that — I think that’s worth it.

As long as that wasn’t his goal … :)

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Posted on February 19th, 2010Comments RSS Feed
6 Responses to Tiger Tamed
  1. Grasshopper say:
    How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

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  2. He did what he had to do and in my opinion helped himself.As and old Rabbi told me once,Rabbi Perkinsberg”Actions speak louder than words”

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  3. A person could read “Sidhartha” by Herman Hesse and gain insight from a western author’s understanding..

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  4. It was also a movie in the early 70’s which you can get on DVD…. Another typo it was supposed to be an old Rabbi ..oooppsssssss

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  5. You know MC, personally, I feel that Tiger owed absolutely no apology whatsoever, to anyone. Sure, he may have felt the need to offer an explanation to his sponsors which he very well could have done one-on-one, in private meetings. But to the public, no way. It’s no ones damned business what goes on in his personal life.
    You know, it’s getting sad, while Iran is obtaining the capabilities to build nuclear arms, people are avoiding our own Veterans who fought for our country and yet have no health coverage, but yet, so far, more money has been collected for Haiti relief to completely re-build the entire infrastructure. And what are 90% focusing on – Tiger….. so very sad.

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  6. Kwai Chang Caine
    February 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Sensationalism sells!!!
    Tiger is BIG $$$$$$$$
    not so sad

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