Ben wrote:I'm not aware of a 'Buddhist' bracelet.
But before Tiger moves on there's one more apology he really should make, and that's to Buddha, for dragging him into this mess and proving once again, that whenever something unspeakably tawdry, loathsome and cheap happens, just wait a few days. Religion will make it worse.
Now usually, when famous cheaters are looking for public redemption, they go to Jesus, but Tiger went old school, and claimed that sleeping with 2/3 of the waitresses in America had made him a failure as a Buddhist. He said Buddhism teaches you the way to inner peace is letting go of desire - and if that doesn't sound like marriage, I don't know what does.
Personally, if I was a golfer, I'd go with Jesus - because he's a Trinity, so when you walk with him, you've got a foursome. Christianity is for rubes. Buddhism is for actors.
And it really is outdated in some ways - the "Life sucks, and then you die" philosophy was useful when Buddha came up with it around 500 B.C., because back then life pretty much sucked, and then you died - but now we have medicine, and plenty of food, and iPhones, and James Cameron movies - our life isn't all about suffering anymore. And when we do suffer, instead of accepting it we try to alleviate it.
Tiger said, "Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves" makes us unhappy, which confirms something I've long suspected about Eastern religions: they're a crock, too.
Craving for things outside ourselves is what makes life life - I don't want to learn to not want, that's what people in prison have to do. Buddhism teaches suffering is inevitable. The only thing that's inevitable is that if you have fake boobs and hair extensions, Tiger Woods will try to f**** you.
And reincarnation? Really? If that were real, wouldn't there be some proof by now? A raccoon spelling out in acorns, "My name is Herb Zoller and I'm an accountant." ...something?
People are always debating, is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy: it's a religion. You're a religion if you do something as weird as when the Buddhist monks scrutinize two-year-olds to find the reincarnation of the dude who just died, and then choose one of the toddlers as the sacred Lama: "His poop is royal!" Sorry, but thinking you can look at a babbling, barely-housebroken, uneducated being and say, "That's our leader" doesn't make you enlightened. It makes you a Sarah Palin supporter.
Bubbabuddhist wrote:The entire blog can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-maher/new-rule-stop-saying-sex_b_478545.html
David N. Snyder wrote:You can see my comment there too, about halfway down through all of the comments.
May he begin again and follow the Precepts, practise generosity, and go back to meditation
Bodom wrote:Good for him. I wish him nothing but success and happiness.
Tex wrote:Much metta to Tiger in his practice.
Ben wrote:Nice post David
Somehow, I think it might be a case of casting a pearl into the pig sty.
I noted on Maher's blog on the Huffington Post site generated over 1,000 comments. I would be surprised if Maher was genuinely interested in an alternative point of view rather than what appears to be the intended purpose of generating interest in his blog and traffic to Huffington Post (or his other blogspot).
I did however see one old e-sangha member post on Maher's HP site which was interesting.
But nice effort David. If you gave one person there pause for thought - it will have been a worthwhile effort.
Mawkish1983 wrote: I really liked your response, David, to that comedian.
meindzai wrote:I thought Bill Maher was brilliant and funny when he was ripping on other religions, but now I don't. LOL Very childish, I know.
bodom wrote:I think his movie Religilous is hilarious.
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