22 February 2010

Dalai Lama Offers Advice for . . . 'Tiger who?'

NY Daily News

The Dalai Lama said Saturday that he had - somehow - never heard of Tiger Woods.

When Woods' sex scandal was explained to him, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader emphasized the importance of self-discipline.

All religions have the same idea "when it comes to adultery," he said.

"Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. . . . Self-discipline with awareness of consequences."

Woods, in his carefully scripted apology on Friday, struck a similar line.

He said that in recent years he had "drifted away" from the Buddhist values of his upbringing.

"Buddhism," he said, "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."

The embattled golf great said he was planning to rededicate himself to the Eastern religion, and that he owes it to those closest to him "to become a better man."

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