February 22, 2010

Dalai Lama: Who's Tiger Woods?

Posted: 07:28 PM ET

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, California, 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."

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Geri   February 22nd, 2010 7:32 pm ET

I think the Dalai Lama's reply is the best one to remind us to leave this between the people it pertains to.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   February 22nd, 2010 8:39 pm ET

Perhaps Tiger should call on the Dalai Lama for spiritual hep.
It may cure him faster than the therapy at the sex addict rehab clinic.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 22nd, 2010 9:09 pm ET

I think the Dalai Lama's comment could be interpreted to mean "if you pump the pooch and you get caught, you could end up like an 'arctic seal puppy' at the end of an eight iron". Don't need to dally around the Buddha to figure that one out!

ugyen chodak   February 22nd, 2010 10:39 pm ET

tiger wood he is also humenbeing, what he done mistake but inthese world 80% mens are enjoying for sex. why point out only for tiger wood/

Cajazz76:24:8   February 22nd, 2010 10:45 pm ET

@ugyen chodak

Are you still an interpreter? Yo comment is correct, but the Tiger has been showing his stripes a lot and has many young children that admire him. Thus the reason he is criticized above most others, plus he got caught....oops!.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 22nd, 2010 11:14 pm ET

Low and Behold. Just hope so.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 22nd, 2010 11:38 pm ET

@ Jessie from Auckland NZ

Which way the kiwi's flying? How you doing tonight?

663   February 23rd, 2010 12:03 am ET

It's like we Chinese people have the arms shipped to Arizona, the same pro-independence ridiculous!

420   February 23rd, 2010 1:29 am ET

Any way ,Tibet is a part of China,which is a truth that nobody can deny it.Dalai Lama,though you are a Separatists that be reviled by all the Chinese,please remember it,you are a Chinese forever!

Tib youth   February 23rd, 2010 2:14 am ET

@ 420
Tibet was never part of china & never will !!!! Get that straight......Besides Dalai Lama will always be Tibetan even if he have rebirth again....In addition China your game is over n your true face is seeing by world!!!

Tib youth   February 23rd, 2010 2:18 am ET

Really Appretiate to Obama for Meeting With Dalai lama.... Thank you for heads up!!! Long Live Dalai lama & Obama!!!

Luis B Rosario   February 23rd, 2010 2:38 am ET

@Cajazz 76.24.8
Do you know anything about Navajo Joe.? He has been MIA on the

Cajazz76:24:8   February 23rd, 2010 5:39 am ET

@Luis B. Rosario

Joe talked to me yesterday and was headed to Grand Junction, Colorado. He has a friend with a houseboat and they are going out on Lake Powell.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 23rd, 2010 5:46 am ET

@ Cajazz76:24:8 February 22nd, 2010 11:38 pm ET

@ Jessie from Auckland NZ

Which way the kiwi's flying? How you doing tonight?

I'm not bad thankyou. Don't you know Kiwis can't fly, only on the rugby field. Hope you doing well. Pretty quiet here tonight, maybe the topics. I must say these blogs are addictive. They're hard to get off. Stop with my ranting.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 23rd, 2010 6:51 am ET

I think the Dalai Lama and Tiger Woods need to get acquainted by the sounds of it.

Eddie Cole   February 23rd, 2010 8:44 am ET

I think this Tiger Woods thing is going to far! Why ask the Dalai Lama about Tiger Woods? This one is the biggest examples of racism in America. Here we have Charlie Sheen arrested for threatening to cut his wifes throat. And his story got maybe 10 min or LKL! There have been panels and everybody with lips have been in discussion on Tiger Woods! Why don't you invite some of those sleazy women that slept with him! Did they know he was married? What kind of crap is this! I didn't watch the show for a few days till this crap was over..Then you get on asking the Dalai Lama who doesn't even know who Tiger Woods is!! Shameful display of keeping a scandal going..........Makes me sick!!!!!
He doesn't owe anybody anything but his wife!! Pull Charlie Sheen on the show and talk about his private affairs.

Diane in Minneapolis   February 23rd, 2010 11:53 am ET


There are more sects of Buddhism in the world than there are Christian denominations so it is not at all odd that these two do not know one another. For example, Tina Turner and Herbie Hancock are Buddhists but they do not practice the Lama's Buddhism. Conversely, Richard Gere does practice the Lama's Buddhism. The fundamental premise is the same throughout the teachings of Buddhism – individual enlightenment and world peace.
Just sayin' – it's not like "all Buddhists know one another."

Diane in Minneapolis   February 23rd, 2010 11:55 am ET

@ Eddie –

I agree. Let's move on !

Cajazz76:24:8   February 23rd, 2010 12:05 pm ET

@Jessie from Auckland N. Z.

You picked up on that as expected, then again you have the airlines with that certain avian correct on the addictive nature of the blog.....

Tsering   February 23rd, 2010 12:27 pm ET

I think Tiger Wood deserve second chance. His public apology was one of the best & emotional one i've ever seen.He's a wonderful person. People do make mistakes, but at sametime, they also learn alot of thing frm their past. I hope his wife would understand this & would forgive him.
Good wishes.
Tibetan guy...

Tibetan-American   February 23rd, 2010 12:55 pm ET

420 is 420 Always trying to steal. Tibet is Tibet not China. Tibetans are Tibetan not Chinese Got it

Nyima Sichoe Chukdong   February 23rd, 2010 4:53 pm ET

H.H. the Dalai Lama is the only greatest being living since Gandhi and Martin L. King Jr. I feel all the leaders of the world should pay attention to H.H. the Dalai Lama and learn how to serve your country and people.
Bring kindness and compassion to your people not sufferings. Have respect to each other's country and it's people. Try to help each other, not to hurt each other. I pray all the leaders of the world have the courage to bring world peace and human ringts not just for mankind, but for all the beings and our mother earth. I want Mr. Obama take charge with the advise of H.H. the Dalai Lama and make it happen.
As far as I am concern, these Republican are hurting American so much that I don't understand why Americans does not see that. Are Americans that stupid or they just don't like Obama. These tea partiers and Republicans never voted for Obama to start with. Obama wants to serve America, but these right wing people won't let him. Please America help Obama to help yourself. We are your neighbour country and we care.

bhuti   February 23rd, 2010 5:04 pm ET

To forgive is the greatest devine , but to deserve that he should be truely motivated to feel and realise his mistake .And must have true commitment and motivation not to repeat it ,

A. Smith, Oregon   February 23rd, 2010 7:42 pm ET

The Dalai Lama isn't a corporate piker, Tiger Woods speaks for NIKE and I rather doubt the humble Dalai Lama spends much time watching television. In my opinion, The Dalai Lama should accept a corporate make-over on his robe and ancient horn rimmed glasses.

Kudos to Larry King for asking the Dalai Lama about Tiger Woods straying from his Buddhist beliefs. It would be useful to see the transcript of the Dalai's reply as it seemed to be short but pointed.

"Self-discipline with awareness of consequences."

Unfortunately nearly all of the lurid sex scandals by Christian preachers and politicians seem to indicate the players had absolutely no awareness of the consequences during their extra-martial actions, only later when called out on the carpet and tossed under the Media Bus did any of them seem to be aware of the consequences of their actions.

I believe both the Dalai Lama and Tiger Woods hit the problem squarely on the head. Tiger Woods stated he felt he was entitled to the temptations and excess's which came his way. And the Dalai Lama stated the root of the problem lies with Self-Discipline.

In the market place of America and around the world, shoppers are directly encouraged to have no self-discipline. Its buy, buy, eat, eat, take, grab, consume and drag home what you later realize you didn't need or shouldn't have purchased, or shouldn't have eaten!

James31   February 23rd, 2010 10:28 pm ET

@A, Smth,
Or as a famous American Christian said,
"Discipline yourself and others won't have to." John Wooden

Diane Wilson   February 23rd, 2010 11:08 pm ET

Once again C.N.N., please provide subtitles for guests with strong accents. The Dalai Lama and Henry Lee are impossible to follow when they speak English. It is painful for viewers around the world, trying to work out what they are saying.

Luis B Rosario   February 24th, 2010 12:14 am ET

@Nyima sichoe chukdong
Beautiful exortation coming from the heart and soul, inspired by
good intentions. You appear to be an unselfish person who
is concerned about mankind, without the pomp that some of us
display, ruffling feathers with fancy discourse but saying
little that will make sense, or that will tilt the scales to change
minds. You are simple, you are humble, you are a diamond
on the rough.

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