SarathW wrote:I posted the same question, in another Buddhist forum about two years ago without knowing that Tiger Woods was a Buddhist and he was meditating as a very young child. If I am not wrong, I think that he played 18 hole golf at par at the age of five.
I think that most of prominent players win in Olympics, tennis (mainly Abrahamic Religions) must have attain some form of Jhana (keeping aside drug abuse). Even cricket players such as Muralitharan (Hindu religion), Shane Warn may come under this category.
Unfortunately most of these people did not support their attainment with following Dharma. In his public apology to his family Tiger Woods stated that fall of his fame is due to failing to follow the Five Precepts.
What are your thoughts?
Buddha said that among male layfollowers Hatthaka of Alavi and Citta are to be emulated.
Here is a link to Citta Samyutta, Connected Discourses of the Buddha Chapter 41.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .html#sn41
Attaining Jhana is supported by study and the practice of meditation. I think a similee could be made about how carefully a skilled golf player hits the ball, and how a practicioner practices mindfulness and clear awareness about his actions.
About the apology here is Buddha's formula on accepting an apology. Since you ackowledge the offence and confess it we shall accept it. For he who ackowleges his offence and makes amends as is right by undertaking restraint for the future will grow in the Noble Dhamma and Discipline.