Wednesday 17 July 2019

Dalai Lama charms Glastonbury

Singer Patti Smith kisses the Dalai Lama, who came on as a guest during her performance, on The Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset
Singer Patti Smith kisses the Dalai Lama, who came on as a guest during her performance, on The Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset

Alan Martin

One of the most talked-about appearances at Glastonbury music festival wasn’t a singer or rocker — it was the Dalai Lama.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who appeared at the festival for the first time, spoke on a small platform about the need for a moral education at schools and universities.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner also called Glastonbury a “festival of people, not politicians and governments”.

He earlier dismissed as a “usual response” criticism from the Chinese foreign affairs ministry, which said it was firmly opposed to any organisation that gave a platform to his “anti-China separatist activities”.

He joined singer Patti Smith on stage, where he was presented with a birthday cake. The crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to mark his 80th birthday next week.

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