Tiger Woods’s Big Speech: I’m recommitting to Buddhism. Complete video.

Via elephant journal
on Feb 19, 2010
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Tiger Woods: Mea Culpa, Buddha.

Emphasizing a return to his Buddhist tradition, Tiger vows to Bring Obstacles to the Path.

Sorry, Brit Hume.

Seems that forgiveness, humiliation, anger, adultery, raising a family, handling the adulation and now blame of millions…well seems Tiger figured Buddhism could handle whatever love-sex-suffering-adultery-confusion that life could throw at his klesha-killing, time-tested tradition.

In Buddhist terms, Tiger has vowed to “bring all obstacles to the path.”

A deeply apologetic Tiger Woods today added to his lengthy litany of sins, regrets and promises of repentance that he needs to return to Buddhist traditions.

His mother taught him the traditions and moral philosophy but as an adult, he says, he drifted away. Now it’s time to return to finding balance and being centered again.

Buddhism, he said, teaches that “a craving for things outside ourselves” can only lead to “unhappiness and a pointless search for security. Woods said he needed to stop “following every impulse” and “learn restraint.”

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Via the Christian Science Monitor:

But its power – or cheese factor, take your pick – didn’t come from the standard athlete’s apology and the wipe of a tear (which Woods didn’t do), but from the billionaire golfer attempting to give to the public, for better and worse, what they really wanted: a few glimpses into who he really is – including his arrogance, his concern for his family, and his decision to steer back toward the religion that shaped him as a person and athlete: Buddhism.

“Part of following this path is Buddhism,” he said, citing the religion practiced by more than 300 million people worldwide. “Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security, and it teaches me to stop following every impulse and learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.”

(Brit Hume will no doubt be disappointed. The Fox News personality urged Woods to embrace Christianity to overcome his problems.)

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21 Responses to “Tiger Woods’s Big Speech: I’m recommitting to Buddhism. Complete video.”

  1. I have my own post on this coming up, but would it be too much to get this out of my system now?

    Suck It, Brit Hume!


  2. Brilliant title for said post?!

  3. realist says:

    deeply apologetic – who are you kidding…this was most definitely a requirement of his rehab. The only thing he is sorry about is that he got caught.

  4. god damnit. That was going to be the title of my post. I love stealing thunder!!!!

  5. Hmm says:


    Here is a "transcript" of the speech, presumably distributed to the media before the speech was given.


    The "transcript" contains a paragraph with two or three sentences about Buddhism.

    But Woods's actual speech–and please let me know the exact time it happens if I'm wrong–did _not_ contain any explicit reference to Buddhism.

    Sorry for the cold water, but the fact that the actual press conference did not contain a reference to Buddhism might affect how this is being reported in the Buddhosphere.

  6. Linda
    I like that he recommitted to Budhhism … especially in the wake of the news announcer stating that only Christianity could save him

    Last I saw, Google had "Buddhism" as its third most searched topic today. I think for a couple of days there will be a backlash against one of the world's great religions, unfortunately.

    Leslie ॐ
    Backlash? Maybe people will discover buddhism, and that is a good thing.

    Dalai Lama is number one right now, according to my pa. Not sure what he was talking about, but think Google.

    Interesting topic, no matter what your perspective.
    about an hour ago · · Report
    Andrew Cord Friberg
    Andrew Cord Friberg
    I knew Elephant would be all over this. I thought about it as he was saying it.

    Yep. Backlash. I think buddhists will be the focus of some verbal abuse by certain groups. I hope I'm wrong ….

    Golf is a very buddhist game. Its all played between here and here (the space between your ears) A quiet mind is essential to being a good golfer.

    Maybe some intolerance will show up but more and more society is becoming pluralistic. The Interfaith dialogue between Buddhists and Catholics, for example, is vibrant and of good nature.

    More and more I meet people who say I am a Buddhist Christian or a Christian Buddhist. Seems strange if one is not aware of the core teachings of each but if one is aware it makes perfect sense.

    Thich Nhat Hahn's book Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers is a worthwhile read.

    this is great! and if i could add a little humor to this it would be that it's the year of the tiger, which is perfect for tiger's come back : )

    Yes! Interfaith dialogue is becoming more widespread — makes good sense.

    More Buddhism awareness is GOOD!!!

  7. John says:

    Steal it! I can't say suck it in two posts. Someone will shoot me.

  8. Deeply apologetic wasn't our phrase, "realist."

  9. Fascinating. Maybe because he lost his train of thought, was nervous, etc…or maybe he just didn't mean all that Buddhism stuff, it was just recommended he put that in to make everyone feel better and like him more.

  10. Hmm says:

    Definitely something I hope someone in the media follows up with him about, whenever that chance may arise: "How come you didn't say the Buddhism line into the camera?"

  11. Ehron Asher says:

    I heard the press conference live, and all of the Buddhism comments were intact.

  12. It will be interesting to see whether this is a sincere turnaround or just a very carefully constructed media campaign. Tiger has been so cold and calculating and controlling about everything in the past, I think we have to wait and see if this is what he really feels, or this is the best material his PR person could come up with. The whole thing was so carefully choreographed down to the last nose twitch, it's hard to tell so far.

    The most convincing evidence of sincerity to me is that he has given up golf for awhile. That's a big sacrifice for someone of his ambition.

    Bob Weisenberg

  13. Mystery solved!
    @tylerdewar: @elephantjournal Fox cut Woods's words re: Buddhism without acknowledging the edit: http://bit.ly/cZfxZ9

  14. John says:

    When is Brit Hume going to chime in?

  15. smithnd says:


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  17. Andy says:

    I do not care that Tiger went out and slayed some beave. He had such a controlled childhood and early adulthood. He probably did not get to sew his wild oats at a younger age. Honestly all I care about is him playing in the Masters in April. He doesn't owe me anything in regards to his personal life. Wilt Chamberlain supposedly slept with 10,000 women. Yes, it sucks he hurt his wife, but to me that has nothing to do with him making 55 foot clutch puts to win a US Open on a bum knee. All that being said, I want every person to have a balanced, happy life, free of addiction, so I think that a recommitment to meditation practice is a great thing for Tiger. Plus, it will only help his golf game.

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