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Dalai Lama implores Senate to 'act with pure mind'

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The "world's greatest deliberative body" got some sage advice from one of the world's foremost religious figures when the Dalai Lama delivered the Senate's opening prayer Thursday.

The Buddhist monk asked those present to pray to "Buddha and all other gods." Then, after poking fun at his broken English, implored the Senate to "speak or act with a pure mind, and happiness will follow you like a shadow that never leaves."

He then prayed that "there be joy in the world with bountiful harvest and spiritual rest. May every good fortune come to be and may all our wishes be fulfilled."

Lastly, he delivered what he said was his favorite prayer, which he said gives him "inner strength" and prays daily: "As long as space remains and as long as sentient beings remain, until then may I, too, remain and help dispel the misery of the world."

About a dozen or so senators were present for the invocation, and several posted pictures with themselves and the Dalai Lama on Twitter.

Among those in the chamber for the prayer was Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, the Senate's first Buddhist member, who tweeted that it was "special honor to say aloha to His Holiness."

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Sean Lengell

Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner