Dalai Lama urges hap­pi­ness, peace at Glastonbury

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The Dalai Lama made his first ap­pear­ance at Glastonbury on Sun­day, spend­ing an hour in the rain ad­dress­ing fes­ti­val-go­ers on how the world could be a hap­pier place.

The Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader called for a more “holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion” from kinder­garten to univer­sity, which “should bring a sense of care” and help “pro­mote hu­man love.”

“Ev­ery­one has the right to achieve a happy life,” he told hun­dreds gath­ered at the Green­field site, an area of calm away from the mad­ness of the main mu­sic stages.

The el­derly Bud­dhist monk hailed the “full joy” of the revel­ers present, and got into the spirit him­self by wear­ing a Glastonbury T-shirt on his head against the rain.

He was treated to a ren­di­tion of “Happy Birth­day” by the crowd in honor of his 80th year, and urged them to “think se­ri­ously about how to cre­ate a happy world, a happy 21st cen­tury — that’s the best gift for me.”

The No­bel Peace Prize win­ner ex­pressed dis­may at on­go­ing vi­o­lence in Syria, Iraq, Nige­ria and else­where, say­ing it was “our own cre­ation” and warn­ing: “The killing of hu­man be­ings by hu­man be­ings is the worse thing.”

Ar­riv­ing at Lon­don’s Heathrow air­port on Satur­day, he had ex­pressed hor­ror at the pre­vi­ous day’s at­tacks in Tu­nisia, Kuwait and France.

“All ma­jor world re­li­gious tra­di­tions are ac­tu­ally I think the source of the prac­tice of love, for­give­ness, tol­er­ance. That very fac­tor is now be­com­ing the source of vi­o­lence, it’s un­think­able,” he said.

Com­mu­nist China has crit­i­cized Glastonbury or­ga­niz­ers for invit­ing the Dalai Lama to speak, say­ing they were of­fer­ing him a plat­form for what it calls his “sep­a­ratist ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The Dalai Lama says he sup­ports “mean­ing­ful au­ton­omy” for Ti­bet rather than out­right in­de­pen­dence, but Bei­jing of­ten de­nounces of­fi­cials who meet him.

The el­derly monk will also speak to sup­port­ers on Mon­day in the south­ern English army base town of Alder­shot, which has a large Nepalese Bud­dhist com­mu­nity made up mainly of serv­ing and re­tired Gurkha sol­diers.

A small protest is planned by mem­bers of the In­ter­na­tional Shug­den Com­mu­nity, a branch of Ti­betan Bud­dhism that reveres a de­ity de­nounced by the Dalai Lama since 1996.

The Glastonbury fes­ti­val drew to a close on Sun­day with U.S. crooner Lionel Richie steal­ing the show with a hit per­for­mance that drew tens of thou­sands.

“This is un­be­liev­able. I’m in­tim­i­dated be­cause you know the words bet­ter than I do,” Richie told the crowd.

Bri­tish band The Who, which fa­mously played Wood­stock in 1969, closed the fes­ti­val with a vintage rock per­for­mance on the Pyra­mid Stage.


The Dalai Lama speaks to the crowd dur­ing singer Patti Smith’s, left, per­for­mance at the Glastonbury mu­sic fes­ti­val on Sun­day, June 28 at Wor­thy Farm, Glastonbury, Eng­land.

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