Dalai Lama rumored to appear at Glastonbury 2015
The Dalai Lama is no stranger to live music. From speaking alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers to appearing at New York’s One World Concert, his Holiness has made his appreciation for music clear. According to the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion, the spiritual leader and head monk of Tibetan Buddhism will officially be joining the lineup of Glastonbury Festival 2015.
As stated on the site, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama and longest-living incumbent, will offer a motivational speech from the festival on Sunday morning, June 28, from the Pyramid Stage. Details surrounding the newly announced appearance are scarce — a post announcing the appearance on the Dalai Lama’s official site has since been removed; meanwhile, Glastonbury have yet to officially comment on the matter.
The festival itself has long been a home for music devotees seeking the divine, and its track record boasts compelling evidence to support the Dalai Lama’s attendance later this year. In 2013, the Dalai Lama’s monks, The Gyuto Monks of Tibet, performed their chants at the festival to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence. An appearance from his Holiness thus seems a very real (and likely) possibility with the current information in mind. While Glastonbury’s official lineup is still a few months away, the Dalai Lama may have very well announced his presence on the bill.