Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Tiger who?


One famous Buddhist comments on another:

The Dalai Lama said Saturday that he had – somehow – never heard of Tiger Woods.

When Woods’ sex scandal was explained to him, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader emphasized the importance of self-discipline.

All religions have the same idea “when it comes to adultery,” he said.

“Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that’s important. . . . Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.”

“Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.”

Probably better advice than Woods got from watching Caddyshack:

Of course, maybe Woods should pursue his Buddhist beliefs full-time and follow the Dalai Lama around a golf course or two:

Carl Spackler: So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one — big hitter, the Lama — long, into a ten-thousand foot crevice, right at the base of this glacier. And do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga…gunga — gunga galunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consiousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

Update! The Dalai Lama, asked about past visits to the White House, mentions former President Bill Clinton:

The Dalai Lama told The Associated Press he understands that Obama must be practical in exercising his commitment to human rights worldwide.

“No disappointment. The last six decades my heart hardened. I do not consider important political gestures. I don’t care. The important is meet face-to-face,” said the Dalai Lama, who was sometimes assisted by a translator.

“With President Clinton, the first meeting was a ‘drop-in,'” he said. “People asked me the same question (then). I don’t care.”

I wonder if the Dalai Lama spoke to Clinton of “Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.”

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