In his statement reading, Tiger fell back on his Buddhist faith, saying that he needed to find a balance between his faith and his professional life:
I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don’t realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism 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. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught.
Now I understand that Buddhism is not a centralized faith, like Catholicism, but I find it amusing that perhaps the most prominent Buddhist, the Dalai Lama has never heard of Tiger Woods.
After the situation was explained, however, the Dalai Lama agreed that self-discipline is a virtue that perhaps Tiger needs to practice.