Dalai Lama says faith can bring Woods discipline

The Dalai Lama commented on Tiger Woods’ sex scandals Saturday,

saying self-discipline is among Buddhism’s highest values, one day

after Woods said he had strayed from his Buddhist faith.

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader told The Associated Press during

a brief interview in his hotel suite in Beverly Hills that he had

not heard of Woods, but when the circumstances were explained to

him he said that when it comes to adultery, “all religions have

the same idea.”

“Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion,

self-discipline, that’s important,” he said. “Self-discipline

with awareness of consequences.”

In his first public comments since the Nov. 27 car accident that

set off a series of shocking allegations of rampant extramarital

relationships, Woods said Friday that he was raised Buddhist but

needed to focus anew on finding balance between his religion and

professional life.

The Dalai Lama made the remarks while in the Los Angeles area to

support Whole Child International, an organization that advocates

better care for orphans worldwide.