The Dalai Lama delivered the opening prayer on the United States Senate floor last March 2014, the first time the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader spoke to the Senate of the US.
How has your world been shaped by your thoughts? Honestly assess the number of times you have used the word CAN’T instead of CAN in the past week? Honestly assess the number of times you have thought about bad things instead of good the past week. In a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your thoughts? How can you improve your thoughts so you can improve your world?
Dalai Lama’s Prayer on the US Senate Floor
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 sentient beings remain, until then may I too, remain and help dispel the misery of the world. Thank you.