John Calipari’s religious views

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Today I read an article by Jerry Tipton that quoted John Calipari using the Buddhist term “karma” and it got me thinking about what his religious views are. Here an excerpt from the Lexington paper that got me thinking this morning:

On several occasions this season, Kentucky Coach John Calipari counseled fans not to root against any other team. “Even Duke?” one caller to his weekly radio show asked.
Yes, even Duke,
And even archrival Louisville, which plays Kentucky on Saturday in the national semifinals, would be best viewed dispassionately.
To root against a team is to risk a cosmic balancing of the scales, the UK coach said. Fate could be cruel in a boomerang kind of way.
“I just don’t think it’s good that you root against other teams,” Calipari said in Thursday’s Final Four interview session. “I just think if you start rooting against another team and you’re a fan of ours, turn the TV off. Walk to the other room. Make yourself a coffee. And go for a walk with the dog. Do something.
“I just think that karma comes back at you.”… (skipping to end of article)

Unwittingly or not, Calipari, a practicing Catholic who also attends a Methodist church on Sundays, follows a Buddhist path by stressing performance rather than purely victory.
“The only thing you can control is how you do something,” Leaman said of the Buddhist philosophy. “That’s different from the West, which is result oriented.”
Safe to say, UK fans are result oriented, especially so Saturday.
How would a Buddhist view UK fans?
“How should I put it?,” Leaman said. “I think they’d be perplexed by the passion.”
Jerry Tipton: (859) 231-3227. Email: jtipton@herald-leader.com.Twitter: @JerryTipton. Blog: ukbasketball.bloginky.com

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Kentucky Coach John Calipari Proud of His Catholic Faith

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“It’s important to me that people know I have a strong faith,” he said. “I couldn’t have handled the jobs I’ve had by myself.”One of the ways Calipari feeds that faith is by attending Mass during the week. In Lexington, he has been seen at the Cathedral of Christ the King and at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church.Calipari was picked for the Kentucky job this spring, becoming the highest paid college basketball coach in the country. Heading into a Dec. 5 game against North Carolina, his Wildcats had a 7-0 record for the 2009-2010 regular season.Calipari credits God’s plan for his life and the life of his family. “I believe that things happen for a reason,” he said.As in Memphis, Catholics in Lexington are a minority. Like many families in the diocese, the Calipari family is interdenominational.”When we got married, my wife was a better Methodist than I was a Catholic,” Calipari said. He met his wife, Ellen, while he was working as an assistant coach at the University of Kansas.The Caliparis have raised their children — daughters Erin and Megan and son Bradley — as Methodists.Something — he doesn’t remember exactly what — pushed him back toward the Catholic Church eight to 10 years ago and Calipari began attending Holy Rosary Church in Memphis. “They called me a ‘Metholic,'” Calipari said. “I would go to the Methodist church with my family on Sundays and to the Catholic church during the week.”______________Related posts:

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