EXCLUSIVE: Buddhism Can Help Tiger Save Marriage Says Divorce Judge

Feb. 20 2010, Published 2:33 p.m. ET

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Tiger Woods opened up about his Buddhism during Friday's public statement, and now a well-known divorce judge tells that the religion may be the most important tool Tiger has in his bag if he really wants to save his marriage, his career and ultimately, himself.

"Buddhism tells us that if you think only of your own happiness, which is what Tiger had been doing, you will never find it," says Judge Michele Lowrance.  "If you think only of the happiness of others, that's when you find happiness yourself."

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Judge Lowrence, author of the best-selling The Good Karma Divorce, says Tiger's public commitment to stay on "a higher life" is a good sign for his future. "He took complete ownership of his dark side, and that was essential."

It is actually Tiger's wife Elin who has the more difficult road ahead, the Cook County, IL jurist explains.  "She has to overcome enormous resentment and lack of trust.  If she takes him back, what happens the first time he is five minutes late?"

EXCLUSIVE:  Elin Not Sure If She Will Stay In Marriage

Having seen thousands of divorces come through her courtroom, Judge Lowrence understands why so much of the public is hesitant to accept Tiger's apology.

"In a sense, we were all married to Tiger, and we're all mad at him for betraying us.  He has to manage his ego to win us back, but if he is serious about following the Buddhist philosophy, he has a chance."


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