PONTE VEDRA BEACH (Florida) - TIGER Woods believes the Buddhist precepts he learned from his Thai mother, Kultida, will help him right a life derailed by his now infamous infidelities.
'I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it,' Woods said on Friday in his first public remarks since sordid revelations of his extramarital affairs surfaced in November.
'Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age.
'People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist and actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years.'
'Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught,' Woods said.
His mother was in the small audience at the TPC Sawgrass as Woods delivered his remarks, which were televised to a global audience of millions. She got a long hug from her son after he spoke, and later said she believed Buddhist tenets could help the superstar golfer put his life back together. -- AFP