Washington DC, USA, 6 March 2014 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s day on Capitol Hill began with his being invited to offer prayers at the opening of proceedings in the Senate. He was first welcomed and introduced by Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid who described him as an inspiration to others across the world. After reciting a short salutation to the Buddha in Tibetan, His Holiness read the following prepared verses, first in Tibetan and then in English:
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.
-- from the ‘Dhammapada’
May there be joy in the world,
With bountiful harvest and spiritual wealth.
May every good fortune come to be;
And may all our wishes be fulfilled.
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.
He pointed out that the last verse, from Shantideva’s ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’, is his favourite prayer, expressing a thought he tries to put into practice every day of his life.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on his arrival at Capitol Hill in Washington DC on March 6, 2014. Photo/Sonam Zoksang|
|House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Speaker of the House John Boehner during their meeting in the Speaker's ceremonial office on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on March 6, 2014.|
Official Photo by Heather Reed
|Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator John McCain (R-AZ), His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness's interpreter Thubten Jinpa during a talk to Congressional staff at the Congressional Visitors' Center Auditorium at Capitol Hill in Washington DC on March 6, 2014. Photo/Sonam Zoksang|
|Congressional staff members listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the Congressional Visitors' Center Auditorium during his visit to Capitol Hill in Washington DC on March 6, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
“We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred is a wedge designed to attack our civilisation.