Buddhist says Tiger understands Buddhism
After listening to golfer Tiger Woods talk about recommiting himself to his Buddhist faith, I had a chat with a local Buddhist leader I met last year at the Buddha Mind Monastery, 5616 S Anderson Road.
Jian Mao is abbess of the monastery. I met her at the monastery’s 2009 Chinese New Year celebration.
She had this to say about Woods and his avowal to ascribe to the Buddhist teachings of his youth:
“The fundamental Buddhist teaching, the Four Noble Truths, points out our false ego (misconception of the self-identity) and that greed, anger and ignorance are the causes of our suffering. Based on our ego, we endlessly seek for the temporarily physical pleasure to satisfy our desires, but not the inner peace and joy,” she said.
“I agree with his understanding of Buddhism and hope he could be back to the right track, live the life of integrity and bring peace to his family and those who once admired him.”
(PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON/THE OKLAHOMAN: Jian Mao, abbess of the Buddha Mind Monastery in Oklahoma City, participates in the 2009 Chinese New Year celebration at the monastery, 5616 S Anderson Road.)
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