His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers the opening prayer in the U.S. Senate today. Among his words, from Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva: “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”.
And, perhaps of greater relevance to the U.S. Senate, from the Pali Dhammapada: "All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him".
[NOTE: The Dhammapada is thought to contain the authentic teachings of the Buddha himself, spoken by him, memorized, and then compiled in the 3rd century B.C. for oral transmission].