This past Sunday, Fox commentator Brit Hume stated that Tiger Woods should come to Christianity to deal with his issues, “The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So, 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.”
Is Hume an authority on Buddhism? Christianity? Is this news analysis, or proselytizing? Was this ” Fair and Balanced” No. Was it informed? No. Is it typical Fox News? Yes.
“… I wonder which religion provides the best rehabilitation to a person who’s indulged in great and transgressive sexual adventures and ruined his family and his reputation. Put aside which religion, if any, is the true one. Let’s examine Hume’s assertion that Christianity is the psychological solution for Tiger Woods. From what I understand, Buddhism originated as way to deal with suffering in this world. Perhaps all the religions will give you some foothold as you struggle to deal with your personal problems, and whether it brings you peace and happiness depends mostly on you.”
see also: //www.politicsdaily.com/2010/01/06/maybe-brit-hume-should-preach-buddhism/
Quotations involving Buddhism:
|“Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity” A widely cited, but apparently spurious quotation attributed to Albert Einstein. 1
|“The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.” Atisha. 2
|“If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion.” Zen Master Lin-Chi. 3
|“Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I vow to cultivate compassion and learn ways to protect lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.” The First Precept of Mindfulness Training, Thich Nhat Hanh. 4|