Once it's explained, the exiled spiritual leader discusses Buddhism and adultery

By Mike Fleeman
Updated February 22, 2010 02:15 PM
Credit: Olivier Douliery/Abaca; Lori Moffett/AP

Not everyone caught that Tiger Woods press conference last week, starting with a major spiritual leader of the faith the golfer may use to help him cope with a sex scandal.

In what was described as a “brief interview,” the Dalai Lama told the Associated Press that he had never heard of Woods, who last week said he plans to explore anew the Buddhist teachings from his childhood.

When the matter was explained to the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader (who was in Beverly Hills for a speech Saturday), he replied that “all religions have the same idea” about adultery.

“Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that’s important,” he said. “Self-discipline with awareness of consequences.”