The Dalai Lama’s Message to the Senate

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Christopher Snow Hopkins
March 6, 2014, 4:43 a.m.

“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.

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