Recently during the Tiger Woods brouhaha, one of the Fox Network commentators, Brit Hume, made the case that if only Mr. Woods would give up his interest in Buddhism, which in his words: “The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith," said Hume. "He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of redemption and forgiveness offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger is, 'Tiger turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."
- all would be well. If only he would take up what I can only assume is Mr. Hume’s choice of a spiritual path, his life would take on a new and lasting sheen of goodness and serenity.
Now I take this all rather personally since I am, and have been for all my spiritual life – a Buddhist. We are the most non-proselytizing of religions and therefore I am not looking for converts here but rather I feel a need to defend the spiritual Path that not only works for me but for millions of others as well.
I have studied Christianity, along with many of the world’s religions, unlike I fear many who claim knowledge without study; and I find it to be as sure a spiritual Path as any. As His Holiness the Dalia Lama has said on many occasions, there is no need to convert to Buddhism to find your way to Enlightenment – you can be the best Christian, the best Jew, the best Jain – whatever spiritual Path works for you; for unlike Mr. Hume, we Buddhists, allow that there is more than one Path.
Now I have no personal knowledge of Mr. Woods' problems and quite frankly I don’t want to know but I do know that choosing a spiritual Path is a deeply personal experience. I’m glad that Christianity works for Mr. Hume but quite frankly I think he might want to look into “tolerance” and see what his scripture has to say about that. As for Mr. Woods, I think he is best suited to pick his religious preference.
The following links give some other views and a more detailed clip of Mr. Hume’s statements.
Buddhist blog: http://buddhism.about.com/b/2010/01/04/lets-forgive-brit-hume.htm
full clip: http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/01/brit-hume-to-tiger-woods-forget-buddhism----come-on-over-to-christianity-if-you-want-forgiveness-and.php