Dalai Lama marks his 85th birthday with his first ever album release

The 14th Dalai Lama is marking his 85th birthday by releasing his first ever album. The Tibetan spiritual leader, who celebrated the milestone, hopes "Inner World" -- an album of mantras and Buddhist teachings "Music has the potential to transcend our differences," he said in a statement. "It can return us to our true nature of warm-heartedness." He added: "The very purpose of my life is to serve as much as I can. Music can help people in a way that I can't." "Inner World" was inspired by New Zealand musician Junelle Kunin, who first approached the Dalai Lama about releasing a collection of his mantras set to music in 2015.