Tiger Woods Says He’ll Turn to Buddhism for Help

February 20, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Original Source: Boston Herald

Wire Service: AP



In the theater of American public apologies, it’s common for celebrities to invoke their faith.

Disgraced golf superstar Tiger Woods did it Friday, in fact, with a twist. He cited the role of Buddhism in his life — and will look to it to help him recover from serial infidelity.

"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," Woods said during Friday’s televised apology, his first public appearance in nearly three months.

It was Woods’ most direct reference to his beliefs yet.

In a few previous interviews, Woods said he had practiced mediation and had attended temple with his mother. He has credited her, and her Thai Buddhism, with giving him the focus needed on the golf course and throughout his life.

His latest comments reflected the Buddhist teachings about desire, craving and attachment — and balance.