The Pros and Cons of Tiger Hiking

Tiger has made the news a little more interesting since the holidays. Violence, sex and religion. All of these are things that move papers and sell advertisements.

Then self righteous started preaching that Tiger needed to convert to Christianity to find forgiveness. Tiger didn’t respond. His handlers didn’t respond. Nobody connected to Tiger responded! This was both good and bad. Good – It showed us that snappy┬árebuttals don’t always solve the problem. Bad – The media frenzy it would have caused didn’t happen. I wanted entertainment! Oh well. Aside from the parade of women something entertaining was bound to happen, right?

The apology arrived.┬áWhile Tiger was busy apologizing I was busy making sure the company wide webinar the CEO was putting on was available to the 600 or so workers in my home town. By the time I was done working Tiger was done apologizing. I hit the news sites to see what I missed. Did his wife get up and throw a shoe at him? Did another woman run in holding a baby and announcing Tiger was the father? Did Fred Phelps stand up with a sign that said “God Hates Tigers” ? Nope! Nothing exciting happened.

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Tiger Woods comments on his Buddhist background

During his public apology, Tiger Woods made some comments regarding his religious background. Here’s what he said…

I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. 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.

I give props to Tiger for publicly stating this, as we know some folks *cough Brit Hume cough* think he cannot find forgiveness in Buddhism. As I’ve previously posted (Angulimala Sutta: Buddhist Forgiveness and Redemption) Buddhism does offer forgiveness and redemption. I think Tiger, if this is what he wants, is on the right path and I give him credit for it. I do not condone his actions, I find them utterly reprehensible, but who am I to judge. It’s not my karma, it’s his that he needs to deal with.

Overall, I hope the media spectacle will end and his family has time to heal, there are more people involved in this than just Tiger. I hope the best for Elin and his kids and hope they can put this in the past and move on.

Beckhams upset monks

From Yahoo

David and Victoria Beckham have upset Buddhist monks in Thailand.

The monks are upset about a state-of-the-art mosquito exterminator installed at the couple’s recently renovated new home on the Thai island of Koh Samui.

The religious men – who believe all animals, no matter how small, are equal – have reportedly suggested the former Spice Girl and her soccer star husband find a non-harmful solution to the blood-sucking insects

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Sarah Jessica Parker: Hollywood’s Newest Jew-Bu?

From PR-Inside

Stressed by her latest challenge as producer of not one but two new cable shows, and dismayed by continuing rumors that her marriage is incontinent, superstar Sarah Jessica Parker seems to be finding tranquility down a path that many of her faith have trodden in the past: Becoming a Jew-Bu.

On a recent vacation to her family’s vacation cottage in Ireland, Parker was spotted tucked away in a cozy corner of classy Nancy’s bar in Muckros, reading a copy of the Sylvia Boorstein classic, ‘Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist,’ while sipping a glass of moderately chilled white wine and watching the world go by.

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Legendary singer returns to stage after 15-year absence from limelight

From the Canadian Press – After a series of “rehearsal shows” in eastern Canada, legendary singer/poet Leonard Cohen is officially kicking off his world tour in Toronto.

The reclusive artist, who was ordained a Buddhist monk during his 15-year absence from the limelight, took the stage Friday night, getting waves of applause from roughly 3,200 fans who filled the Sony Centre.

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Sharon Stone says “Chinese Earthquake due to Karma”? (video)

I was a bit thrown when I read the news on this, and even after I watched the video. But than I sat back, thought about the entire comment and came to the realization that she may have put her foot in her mouth to soon, and should have explained her point before inserting said foot.

She said to a reporter ” I’m not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you?”

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Richard Gere Is ‘Always Watching the Mind’

From Beliefnet – At this point, the iconic actor is probably as well known for his Buddhist activism as for his award-winning film roles. That’s a huge boon to Tibetans and their compassionate practice exemplified by the Dalai Lama. His advocacy for a Tibet with freedom of religion has led Gere to become chairman of the board of directors for the International Campaign for Tibet, founder of the Gere Foundation, and a co-creator of the Tibet House.

Now he opens up to Beliefnet about his meditation practice, what we should do about the Olympics in China and his heartbreak at seeing the “compassionate, forgiving, patient” monks of Tibet “lose their center” and resort to violence in recent protests.

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Paris, Ashton and Monk “Punk’d” the Papparazi

From Celebrity Crunch – Paris Hilton’s probably feeling smug right now after getting away with a stunt that had just about every major media source reporting that she’d ‘found enlightenment’ with a Monk. Turns out the whole schtick is part of a new E! show called Pop Fiction. With Ashton Kutcher on as producer, the show is a spin on Punk’d where the joke is supposedly on the media outlets and paparazzi. Jason Goldberg, one of Kutcher’s partners explains to USA Today:

Goldberg says the show is not meant as a forum for celebrity “whining,” but is instead played as a comedy. “We’re having fun, but we want to say to people, ‘Can you really believe everything you read and see?’ ”

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