[**(CNN) – When Tiger Woods invoked his religious faith during his public apology on Friday, he readily acknowledged that a lot of people would be surprised.
“People probably don’t realize it,” he said, “but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years.”
When allegations of Woods’ infidelity began emerging after a November 27 car accident, Fox News Channel host Brit Hume stirred controversy by publicly advising the golf pro to become a Christian.
“He’s 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,” Hume said. “So my message to Tiger would be: Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”
But Buddhist scholars say that forgiveness and redemption are core components of the faith. “You’re always beginning again in the Buddhist tradition,” said John Kornfield, a prominent Buddhist teacher based in California. “You see that you’re causing harm, you repent and ask forgiveness in some formal or informal way, and you start again.”**](“http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/02/19/tiger.woods.buddhism/index.html?hpt=C1”)
Mr.Woods is doing exactly what the Buddha taught. Mr. Woods found the things that caused him suffering, which was his craving for sexual desires, and is currently trying to eliminate it. I think it’s great that he’s coming back to his childhood faith.
I can’t help but feel a bit of empathy for him. It wasn’t too long ago in which I too read the great words in the Tipitaka and had to decide what caused me suffering in my life. He too must walk this path. Likely, I will have to walk this path if I forget the truth in the Dhamma.