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"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 craving for 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."
That is a rather Buddhist-sounding sentiment, but it is also echoes something of the language of addiction recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. Those programs can be too religious for some, and not enough for others."In therapy, I've learned the importance of looking at my spiritual life and keeping in balance with my professional life," he said, according to the transcript. "I need to regain my balance and be centered, so I can say the things that are most important to me..."
Buddhists of course weren't too happy with what they took as Hume's disparaging of their religion, and Hume also didn't quite get his thumbnail sketch of Buddhism completely right. (Jews and followers of other faith traditions that have teachings on forgiveness and redemption were also a bit dismayed at Hume claiming those precepts for Christianity alone.)"Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person, I think, is a very open question. And it's a tragic situation," Hume said. "But the Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value dies out of this scandal, the extent to which he can recover, seems to me to depend 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.' "
And so it goes. "Buddha" is the name Siddhartha Gautama took when he received enlightenment while meditating under a tree in the sixth century B.C. and it means "awakened." Perhaps Tiger's travails and his public embrace of his childhood religion will prompt an increased awakening to the growing presence of Buddhists in America (at least 1.5 million and growing) and to the history and teachings of that ancient religion -- and to the cause of interfaith understanding."Nice work, Tiger," one commenter wrote at the Shambhala Sun blog. "Without even using the Words 'Brit Hume' or 'Christianity,' Tiger neatly flicked away Hume's ignorant assumptions about Buddhism and what it does or doesn't offer. I hope he meant what he said, and I wish him well."
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