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Dalai Lama says faith can bring Woods discipline

The Dalai Lama commented on Tiger Woods' sex scandals, saying self-discipline is among Buddhism's highest values, one day after Woods said he had strayed from his Buddhist faith.

world Updated: Feb 21, 2010 12:42 IST

The Dalai Lama commented on Tiger Woods' sex scandals, 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 yesterday 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 November 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.