Like many of you, I watched Tiger’s come-to-Buddha press conference a few months ago. He admitted he had behaved badly and said he wanted to get back to Buddhist teachings he’d been raised on, something or other about self-control. The next day, some journalist asked the Dalai Lama if he had any advice for Tiger Woods. Mr. Lama said he had never heard of Tiger Woods.
Here’s my advice for Tiger: Don’t take advice from anyone who’s never heard of Tiger Woods. I mean seriously, would you take advice on how to live in a world of temptation from someone who’s never heard of the most famous person in the world?
Here’s the other problem I have with Tiger taking Mr. Lama’s advice: Can we trust him? Mr. Lama that is. Didn’t Carl Spackler in Caddyshack say that he had caddied for Mr. Lama in the Himalayas? He even described what Mr. Lama looked like (“the flowing robes, the grace…striking”) and mentioned that he was a bad tipper. I believe Carl Spackler, which makes Mr. Lama’s denial even more incredulous.
I would suggest that instead of Buddha or the Dalai Lama Tiger take advice from Jesus, who was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15). And, lastly, Tiger should stop going to IHOP without his wife. GS