Tiger Woods talks about Buddhism and being a dad

March 27, 2008

If all you know of Tiger Woods comes from watching him on television whacking out a super-long drive or sinking an impossible putt, you might be surprised to know he is a Buddhist. It’s not what journalists usually ask about when they want to know the secrets of his success. Our Miami-based sports correspondent Simon Evans interviewed him this week and went beyond the usual questions about tournaments and courses and clubs to find out more about him. Here’s his story and a short video from the interview.


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Tiger should come to China, play an exhibition, and talk about Buddhism!

Posted by F.A. Hutchison, China | Report as abusive

I notice this section is called Faith World. What was wrong with Wonderland?

Posted by Alan | Report as abusive

The difference between Tiger and all the other average golfers is that no matter how good or bad he plays he wants to get better.

Posted by chi hair straightener | Report as abusive

notice this section is called Faith World. What was wrong with Wonderland?

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[…] Several things should be pointed out here. First of all, the depth of Woods’ Buddhism is questionable. When asked directly in a videotaped interview with Reuters in 2008, […]

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What type of Buddhism does is Tiger Woods practice. I was a Buddhist for many years. I practiced Nichiren Shoshu. My Father is still a Buddhist, practicing Soka Gakkai. There are so many sects, and I’m curious about which he practices, and about his feelings on the matter. If anyone has knowledge regarding these things, it would be nice to get responses. Thank you, Jared.

Posted by JaredSalinger | Report as abusive

$45 million-dollar 1,200 acre home in Jupiter; $50 million-dollar 155-foot Christensen yacht with a free decompression chamber installed by Lloyd’s of London “just in case”; a “peace offering” $10 million-dollar “dingy” yacht (only 61-feet) for his wife to try to keep her on the reservation (“his and hers” yachts); … How much to feed 1 million Buddhist children every day for a year? You get the picture. Buddhism-lite.

Posted by aceputt | Report as abusive

Jared, His mother is Thai, so am I. I believe Tiger practices Hinayana sect which is the main religion in South Asia like Thailand and Myanmar. The other sect is Mahayana which is widely practiced in North Asia like China, Korea, Japan.

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