The Dalai Lama opened today's Senate session with a prayer:
"Firstly, as usual, I am Buddhist monk ... so pray to Buddha and all other Gods," he started before slipping into his native tongue.
"The first sentence I'll read--now my broken English--the pronunciation may not be correct, at least not American pronunciation," he said with a laugh. "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."
He added, "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."