Dalai Lama Opens U.S. Senate for First Time with ‘Prayer’ to ‘Buddha and All Other gods’

Dalai Lama Credit Niccolo CarantiWASHINGTON — For the first time ever, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism opened the United States Senate with ‘prayer’ on Thursday, wishing for world peace and ‘good fortune’ for America’s lawmakers.

After being introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and escorted by Senator Mazi Hirono (D-HI), the Dalai Lama characterized himself as only being “a simple Buddhist monk.”

“So pray to Buddha and all other gods,” he said, before speaking in Tibetan and then repeating his “prayer” in English.

“With our thoughts, we make our world,” the Dalai Lama stated, robed in gold and red. “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.”

Senators bowed their heads and visitors watched from the balcony.

“May there be joy in the world, with bountiful harvest and spiritual wealth,” the Dalai Lama continued. “May every good fortune come to be. And may all our wishes be fulfilled.”

He then referenced what he called his “favorite prayer,” which he said he offered daily.

  • Connect with Christian News

“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,” it read.

The Senate is customarily opened by prayers from Chaplain Barry Black, a Seventh-Day Adventist, but reports state that Black invites speakers of other faiths at times to present the invocation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid praised the Dalai Lama following his presentation, calling for a brief recess so that Senators could greet the Buddhist leader.

“The Dalai Lama is well-known throughout the world as a spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and for spreading the gospel of peace and compassion and love of our fellow human beings,” he said.

Later in the day, leaders of the House of Representatives, namely Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi met with the Dalai Lama, who recalled their past encounters with the 79-year-old Tibetan figure.

“He said, ‘Nancy, we must rid you of your negative energy,’” Pelosi said, as Boehner chuckled, according to the Washington Post.

The Dalai Lama has made previous visits to the states, receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 during a ceremony attended by then-President George W. Bush. He also met with Bush in Dallas in 2011, and spoke at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, where he referred to the former president as “my dear friend.”

Barack Obama likewise met with the Dalai Lama late last month although Chinese leaders warned that meetings with the Tibetan leader could “seriously damage” the nation’s relations with China.

Photo: Niccolo Caranti


A special message from the publisher...

Dear Reader, our hearts are deeply grieved by the ongoing devastation in Iraq, and through this we have been compelled to take a stand at the gates of hell against the enemy who came to kill and destroy. Bibles for Iraq is a project to put Arabic and Kurdish audio Bibles into the hands of Iraqi and Syrian refugees—many of whom are illiterate and who have never heard the gospel.Will you stand with us and make a donation today to this important effort? Please click here to send a Bible to a refugee >>

Print Friendly
  • Sir Tainly

    Acts 10:28 (1599 Geneva Bible)
    28 And he said unto them, Ye know that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew, to company, or come unto one of another nation: but God hath showed me, that I should not call any man polluted, or unclean.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    In a nutshell, none of us have any business bashing the Dalai Lama, well at least I won’t. In the mean time, given the overriding sense as to how a Christian should treat people from other lands with other beliefs….

    “Deuteronomy 10:17-19 (1599 Geneva Bible)
    17 For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, mighty and terrible, which accepteth no persons, nor taketh reward:
    18 Who doeth right unto the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, giving him food and raiment.
    19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

    ….I could at least hope to find the charity to speak better to and/or about the Dalai Lama than the mainland Chinese government does, yanno?

  • Rigomaranatha

    Who is he praying too? Buddhism does not have a Deity. It is all about looking inwardly for peace.

  • jean5ez

    The man should be told that he should accept Jesus as his personal Lord and saviour in order to avoid eternal hell. Sure he’s not my enemy, but I won’t add my amen to that prayer either. A call to repentance is a true act of love. Now if only I could find love within myself. May the Lord impart such a blessing upon me.

  • Thom Dunbar III

    “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:14 NIV)
    As I understand the Bible, this man’s prayer is actually a curse on our nation. Our leaders are moral fools, according to the Bible, and are leading us to disaster. They have rejected the wisdom of God for their own wisdom – which is rebellion against God and all the good things He has done for America.

  • JENIVAL HENRQUE

    O DALAI LAMA NÃO PARA ONDE IR.TÁ PERDIDO EM SEUS DELITOS E PECADOS. A RELIGIÃO QUE ELE APREGOA, NÃO CONDUZ A DEUS. POIS O UNICO CAMINHO PRA CHEGAR AO CORAÇÃO DE DEUS É JESUS. O CAMINHO É JESUS, A VERDADE É JESUS, A VIDA É JESUS.O RESTANTE É COMENTÁRIO. COM TODO RESPEITO O SR.DALAI LAMA, É UM POBRE MISERÁVEL NÚ E CRÚ.

    • JENIVAL HENRQUE DA SILVA

      The DALAI LAMA NOT KNOW WHERE TO LOST IN IR.TÁ trespasses and sins. The religion he proclaims, NO LEADS TO GOD. BECAUSE THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO THE HEART OF GOD IS JESUS​​. THE WAY IS JESUS​​, THE TRUTH IS JESUS​​, LIFE IS JESUS​​. The rest is Commentary. WITH ALL RESPECT MR. DALAI LAMA IS A POOR MISERABLE naked and raw.

      O DALAI LAMA NÃO SABE PARA ONDE IR.TÁ PERDIDO EM SEUS DELITOS E PECADOS. A RELIGIÃO QUE ELE APREGOA, NÃO CONDUZ A DEUS. POIS O ÚNICO CAMINHO PARA CHEGAR AO CORAÇÃO DE DEUS É JESUS. O CAMINHO É JESUS, A VERDADE É JESUS, A VIDA É JESUS. O RESTANTE É COMENTÁRIO. COM TODO RESPEITO O SR. DALAI LAMA, É UM POBRE MISERÁVEL NÚ E CRÚ.

      • MMC

        I’m not owning the comment, but Jenival seemed desperate to post his comment which should be heard and, apparently, Google Translate does not do justice. I speak Spanish, not Portuguese, but I will attempt to translate for him:

        THE DALI LAMA DOES NOT KNOW WHERE TO GO. HE IS LOST IN HIS TRESPASSES AND SINS. THE RELIGION HE PROCLAIMS DOES NOT LEAD TO GOD.BECAUSE THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO GOD’S HEART IS JESUS. THE WAY IS JESUS. THE TRUTH IS JESUS. THE LIFE IS JESUS. THE REST IS COMMENTARY. WITH ALL RESPECT TO MR. DALI LAMA, HE IS …MISERABLE, POOR,… NAKED

        (I assume this is a reference to Revelations/Apocalypse 3:17, hence the elipses.)

  • LK

    Remember DNC Worships the ten headed snake, Rosacrucions, Zoroastrians, look them up (Buddha). Human existentialism is meant to deliberately deceive. If they slow down the spin speed is that not justice? Do we have the moral authority of making and maintaining an immoral behavior? Is that not like being blindfolded and put next to a wall? Or blindfolding a blind man? For those that don’t know, the world has entered the realm of moral relativism, which only has its foundation planted in the Days of Noah.
    PSALM 55:9-16 Destroy, O Lord. and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. AS for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.

    • Sir Tainly

      I do not see moral relativism in that scripture. It looks more like religious people that smile and act decent on the surface, but underneath the Godly facade are full of bitterness, destruction, and nasty hearted dissimulation.

  • Gilbert Shelton

    Keep all religious prayers, rituals, and proselytizing out of government, or this type of chaos and argumentation will continue. My mom always told me to never talk about religion or politics unless I wanted to start an argument. Well, in government, we have to talk politics, but gratuitously adding religion just poisons the mix. The first amendment freedom of speech is not absolute. It does not condone hate speech or incendiary rhetoric. It does not allow for the spreading of panic or the incitement to riot. Since all these things are facilitated by explicit religious prayer and ritual, they should simply be banned at government meetings, where one could expect to find citizens of many different beliefs, or no beliefs at all, intending to attend a meeting where any religious sentiments would be merely peripheral to a discussion of bills, laws, political issues, or pothole filling and garbage pickup. Nobody should expect that a government meeting should include a prayer meeting for any particular religious sect. It’s ridiculous to expect government to accommodate any religion, all religion, or no religion. There is a time and place for everything, but this is not the time or the place. There is no need. Let the prayerful hold their prayer meeting before the government meeting, outside of government property, and off government time. Why can’t this be done, and in so doing, respect the rights of others? Keep the Dalai Lama, the Pope, the Ayatollah, and Billy Graham off the speaker’s dais, and keep the subject to the business of government. Most people in this country are christians, and the predominate theme here seems to be that, by having the Dalai Lama speak here, christians are being forced to break the first commandment. But then they claim the right to force their words on everyone by having THEIR preachers preach. So why not just keep it secular? That way nobody’s forced to listen to ANY proselytizing. The only way to maintain religious freedom is through secular government. That is the essence of the Establishment clause, AND the free exercise clause.

  • MMC

    Yes, let’s all visualize whirled peas: That is all fine and good. Let’s just remember that when world peace comes, it’s time to look up and be strong, ’cause the rest isn’t going to be so pretty.

    Zec. 1:15 cf. Dan. 8:25; Mat. 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-30; 21:34-35; 1Th. 5:3