Dalai Lama To Appear At Glastonbury?

His name hasn’t appeared in any of the stories speculating who will play this year’s Glastonbury, but the Dalai Lama has seemingly let slip that he’ll be at the world’s best-known festival. 

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His Holiness, the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism, posted a note on his official website saying will be giving a talk on the closing day of the event. The announcement said: “Public Talk in Glastonbury, Somerset, England on June 28. His Holiness will give a talk at the Glastonbury Festival in the morning.” The note was apparently taken down after the news began to circulate. 

The exiled leader (real name Lhamo Thondup), has been in India since 1959, when Communist Chinese troops crushed what they claimed was an uprising in Tibet and effectively forced him out of the country.

It could be just the right time to book him. In December he told BBC News he realises that he may be the last to hold the title.

Whether another Dalai Lama came after him would depend on the circumstances after his death and is “up to the Tibetan people,” he said. China has said repeatedly that it will choose the next Dalai Lama.