Tibetan spiritual leader graces the stage at Britain's annual Glastonbury music festival over China's objections. Sean Carberry reports.
A stage dive was probably too much to ask for, but the Dalai Lama was still a big hitter at the Glastonbury Festival. Striking in his flowing robes, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader called for love, tolerance, and forgiveness in resolving conflicts like Syria and Iraq. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXILED TIBETAN SPIRITUAL LEADER THE DALAI LAMA, SAYING: "So, all this, if we seriously thinking oneness of humanity then no basis to kill. I love my own life. Everyone loves their own life. Everyone has the right to live happily." His message was of course well received by the heavily hippie crowd at the annual festival. But, China was none too happy about the Dalai Lama gracing the stage. China on Friday warned organisers of the Glastonbury Festival that inviting the Dalai Lama to visit one of Europe's largest music festivals was tantamount to giving him a platform to engage in anti-China activities. The Dalai Lama stiffed China in his remarks, and rather encouraged people to be more conscious of one another. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXILED TIBETAN SPIRITUAL LEADER THE DALAI LAMA, SAYING: "We must look at education field as I mentioned earlier from kindergarten level up to university level some education about warm-heartedness. A sense of care." They tipped their hats to the Dalai Lama with a rendition of Happy Birthday, in advance of his turning 80 next month - so he's got that going for him, which is nice.