Dalai Lama joins Patti Smith on Glastonbury celebration phase


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Singer Patti Smith, right, and the Dalai Lama appear onstage at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England.

Sunday, June 28, 2015|12:14 p.m.


Among the most talked-about looks at Britain’s Glastonbury music festival had not been a vocalist or rocker– it was the Dalai Lama.

The banished Tibetan spiritual leader signed up with singer Patti Smith on stage Sunday, where she led the crowd to sing “Delighted Birthday” to mark his 80th birthday next week. She then presented him with a birthday cake.

The spiritual leader, who appeared at the celebration for the very first time, applauded Smith’s white hair, voice and “physical action,” stating she was “very beautiful, extremely powerful.”

He earlier spoke on a small platform about the need for a moral education at schools and universities. The Nobel Peace Reward winner likewise commended Glastonbury a “festival of individuals, not politicians and governments.”

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

“Whenever I meet individuals or a company, the Chinese officials always object,” he said. “They consider me as a devil so they have to oppose the demon’s activities, although I’m not seeking independence or separation.”

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