Dalai Lama-Senate VIDEO: Watch the spiritual leader deliver the morning prayer in the Senate for the first time ever.

Watch the Dalai Lama Lead the Senate in Prayer

Watch the Dalai Lama Lead the Senate in Prayer

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March 6 2014 11:58 AM

The Dalai Lama Leads the Senate in Prayer

Above is video of the Dalai Lama delivering the opening prayer in the Senate this morning, the first time he has ever done so. As you'd expect, the spiritual leader drew a significantly larger crowd than normal for the daily ritual, with lawmakers and their staff showing up a bit early to watch history be made. "With our thoughts, we make our world," the Dalai Lama said. "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."

Place your bets in the Comments below on just how long you think Congress' newfound mindfulness will last.

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