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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
I just shook my head and sighed. Why, really? Why do people feel the need to say such things? Why do people feel the need to make comments at all on the personal doings of some one else's life? I don't think Tiger Woods marriage is news worthy, bad or good. Leave them along to solve their suffering and stop making judgment calls.
Well, to be forgiven requires a forgiver. In Christianity there is a God figure who offers forgiveness of 'sins'. In Buddhism, your kamma is your own baggage to carry. I suppose in that way this news commentator is right to say that Buddhism does not offer forgiveness... but forgiveness is moot anyway. All this is is another example of a Christian projecting their own religious ideas onto Buddhism and finding it lacking. He might as well have said 'only Christianity offers Christian forgiveness'. Well duh! Not sure why any Buddhist would be upset by this... Buddhism doesn't offer Christian forgiveness.
I'm reminded of a Run DMC song (you be illin') in which a man goes into KFC and orders a Big Mac.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.' (Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)