Tiger Woods is a Buddhist. In today's world, more and more people proclaim to be Buddhist celebrities. Being Buddhist in Hollywood has its perks as it is an instant image booster. Whether it's Richard Gere being in the Dalai Lama's intimate circle, Steven Seagal being the reincarnation of a rinpoche, the followers of the Buddha enjoy an instant boost in their coolness factor.
Let`s examine some famous people who are or have been involved with Buddhism.
During his famous press conference on February 19, 2010, Woods said that he was working on improving himself in order to rid himself of sexual addiction. He said:"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 creation of 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. "
His declaration attracted a nourrished fire from the right wing organizations in the U.S. The network Fox News decided that it disliked the golfer and attacked him on the fact that he wasn't Christian. Some commentator said that he should turn to Jesus for salvation.
Some blogs also started ridiculing him with titles like:" Why is Buddhist Tiger Woods taking the name of Christian Gods in vain?" (SIC) A comment on how he used words like Jesus-Christ and God during a game. I guess they didn't jnow that Christianity is a monotheist religion.
It is not my place to judge whether he is a good man or not. Value of a person is like the rest of our world, impermanent.
All I know is that he is a good golfer and I hope that he will soon be able to concentrate on what he excels in: golf.