Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

The Dalai Lama's Message to the Senate The Dalai Lama's Message to the Senate

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Want access to this content? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Video

The Dalai Lama's Message to the Senate

The Dalai Lama shares his "favorite prayer" as he opens the Senate.

"This is my favorite prayer," his holiness, the Dalai Lama, exiled leader of Tibet, told the Senate as he recited the opening prayer Thursday morning.

He spoke each sentence in Tibetan, and then translated it to English. "My broken English," he called it.

This was his prayer:

 

With our thoughts, we make our world. Our mind is central and precedes our deeds. Speak or act with a pure mind, and happiness will follow you like a shadow that never leaves.

May there be joy in the world with harvest and spiritual rest. May every good fortune come to be and may all our wishes be fulfilled.

This is my favorite prayer. Daily i pray this. That gives me inner strength. So i am asking to serve humanity. As long as space remains and as long as beings remain, until then may I, too, remain and help dispel the misery of the world. Thank you.

"He touches this Catholic any time I see him," said Patrick Leahey, the Democratic Senate president pro-tempore. "He is a gift to the world."

"The presence of his holiness in this chamber today inspires me, as I hope it does all of us, to renew our commitment to speak and act with pure mind to help dispel the misery of the world," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

This was the first time the Dalai Lama presided over the opening prayer of the Senate. He recently had a meeting with President Obama, to the protest of the Chinese government. Later today, he will meet with Reid and Mitch McConnell.

Job Board
Search Jobs
Manager, Legislative Affairs
| Washington, District of Columbia
Project Manager II, Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers | WA
SENIOR WATER RESOURCES SPECIALIST
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
Application / Technical Support
American Society of Civil Engineers | OH
Engineering Associate
American Society of Civil Engineers | TX
PDA Lead / Senior Geotechnical Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers
Public Works Superintendent
American Society of Civil Engineers | Miamisburg, OH
Senior Engineer (Senior Civil Engineer)
American Society of Civil Engineers | Sunnyvale, CA
Auditor - Information Security (ISO 27001)
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
WATER / WASTEWATER ENGINEER
American Society of Civil Engineers | Indianapolis, IN
Senior Environmental Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Sacramento, CA
Senior CAPA Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Irvine, CA
Director Quality– Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Diego, CA
Manager Regulatory Affairs - P0010500-20150727
American Society of Civil Engineers | Charlotte, NC
Air Pollution Control Officer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Santa Barbara, CA
 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus