Tuesday, 13 July 2010

World Cup Winner Inspired by Tibetan Buddhism

One of the members of Spain's World Cup-winning football team has a keen interest in Tibetan Buddhism which began when he read The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Carles Puyol was part of the Spain side that beat the Netherlands 1-0 after extra-time on Sunday to win the World Cup for the first time.

According to a report on phayul.com, Ven. Thupten Wangchen, of the Casa del Tibet in Barcelona, told the Voice of America that “Puyol’s interest in Tibetan culture and Buddhism started after reading Sogyal Rinpoche’s book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which helped him deal with death of a family member.”

Puyol, who plays his club football for Barcelona, met the Dalai Lama when His Holiness visited the Spanish city in 2007.

Ven. Wangchen (pictured above on the right) added that Puyol has a Tibetan tattoo on his left arm which reads 'Power is inside the Mind. The strong can endure.'

To read the report on phayul.com, click here.

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