Global Buddhist Leader Invited to Appear at U.S. National Prayer BreakfastThe leader of Tibetan Buddhism has been invited to appear at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, an annual event that is meant to bring lawmakers together for the purpose of acknowledging the importance of prayer and faith in America. “He was invited by the organizers of the event,” John Rizzo, communications director for Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, who co-chairs the breakfast, told reporters. “He has accepted, and my understanding is he plans to be there.” Barack Obama has also been invited to the event, but has not yet confirmed his appearance. White House spokesman Patrick Ventrell told Reuters that Obama has a favorable view of the Buddhist leader. “They have met three times, including just last February,”he said. “The president is a strong supporter of the Dalai Lama’s teachings and preserving Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic traditions.”  As previously reported, last March, the Dalai Lama led the U.S. Senate in “prayer” for the first time, wishing for world peace and “good fortune” for America’s lawmakers. “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. More