I’d never heard of Tiger Woods, says Dalai Lama
The world’s most famous golfer, Tiger Woods, should not feel bad that the leader of the religion he promises to re-embrace had never heard of him until now.
The good news is that Woods and the Dalai Lama share similar views on Buddhism and, perhaps more surprisingly, on infidelity.
That might not have been true until recently, but last week Woods renounced his adulterous ways in a carefully crafted apology to his family, fans, and fellow golfers. In future, he promised, he would live a life befitting of the tradition in which he was brought up.
But all this was news to the Dalai Lama, on a US tour after his controversial meeting with President Barack Obama last week. He cheerily called his unfamiliarity with sports “my disgrace” when questioned on the subject by reporters at the weekend.
When told of the golfer's indiscretions and subsequent enlightenment, he made observations about restraint close to the line Mr Woods took.
“Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important; self-discipline with awareness of consequences,” he said.