Patti Smith Brings Out The Dalai Lama At Glastonbury

Patti Smith had perhaps the greatest surprise guest at her Glastonbury set on Sunday. Patti Smith was joined by the Dalai Lama during her Pyramid stage performance at Glastonbury. Honouring him ahead of his 80th birthday.

“We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet,” she told the crowd, who then sang “Happy Birthday To You.”

The Dalai Lama went on to address Smith and the Glastonbury audience:     

“Thank you, thank you. Dear sisters and brothers, I really appreciate so many people’s expressions of warmth, and I very much reciprocate it. I have dedicated my body, speech and mind to the well-being of others, so when people show these warm feelings [back to me], that gives me more enthusiasm. So I very much appreciate it.

Most of you [Smith and the musicians on stage] have white hair – but the voice and the physical action looks very youthful. So that gives me encouragement myself. I’m now 80, but I should be more active like you.”

He earlier spoke on a small platform about the need for a moral education at schools and universities. The Nobel Peace Prize winner also praised Glastonbury a "festival of people, not politicians and governments."

..... Devashree Goenka