His Holiness the Dalai Lama confirmed his presence at a popular British music festival Sunday. The highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism will speak at the Glastonbury festival to promote his message of “compassion, non-violence and the oneness of humanity.”
“We’re honored to welcome the Dalai Lama to Glastonbury 2015,” Emily Eavis, co-organizer of the festival and daughter of founder Michael Eavis, said about the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. “He will be talking in the Green Fields and exploring the farm this Sunday as part of his trip to the U.K. What a special moment for the festival."
The speculations about the Dalai Lama's presence at the music festival kicked off sometime ago but it was only on Thursday that the news was confirmed. The Sunday event will be part of Dalai Lama's 4-day visit to the U.K. The festival kicked off to ticket-holders on Wednesday morning. The Nobel peace prize winner is expected to rub shoulders with The Who, Lionel Richie, The Chemical Brothers and Jamie, who are scheduled to perform at the festival.
"This upcoming visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be particularly notable as it takes place just a week before His Holiness turns 80 on 6 July 2015,” Chonpel Tsering, a representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, said in a statement. "The visit will offer all those attending the events, and beyond, an opportunity to hear the message of compassion, hope, dialogue and tolerance of this widely respected spiritual and moral authority."
More than 135,000 people are expected to attend the five-day Glastonbury music festival. Glastonbury has been one of the world's biggest music festivals since 1970. It will be the first time that the Dalai Lama will attend the festival.