June 28, 2015

"The appearance of the Dalai Lama at the festival does not help U.K.-China relations..."

Newsy As part of his U.K. tour, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader said the festival was for the people, "not governments or politicians." by Lexie Hammesfahr

'The Dalai Lama celebrated his upcoming 80th birthday in style this weekend with his first appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K.

'"The very purpose of our life is a happy life," he said to an audience of about 1,000 people.

'The presence of the Dalai Lama has garnered threats from China and sparked protests from Shugden Buddhists across the U.K. who accuse the spiritual leader of discriminating against them.

'China reportedly issued a threat to the founding family of one of Europe's largest music festivals against booking the controversial leader, saying he essentially has a platform to "engage in anti-China splittist activities."'

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