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Dalai Lama joins Patti Smith on Glastonbury festival stage

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/28/2015
Singer Patti Smith, right, and the Dalai Lama onstage at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Singer Patti Smith, right, and the Dalai Lama onstage at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

LONDON (AP) — One of the most talked-about appearances at Britain's Glastonbury music festival wasn't a singer or rocker — it was the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama speaks to the crowd during the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press The Dalai Lama speaks to the crowd during the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who appeared at the festival for the first time, spoke on a small platform about the need for a moral education at schools and universities. The Nobel Peace Prize winner also called Glastonbury a "festival of people, not politicians and governments."

The Dalai Lama speaks to the crowd during singer Patti Smith's, left, performance at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press The Dalai Lama speaks to the crowd during singer Patti Smith's, left, performance at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

He earlier dismissed as a "usual response" criticism from the Chinese foreign affairs ministry, which said it was firmly opposed to any organization that gave a platform to his "anti-China separatist activities."

The Dalai Lama waves to the crowd during singer Patti Smith's, right, performance at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press The Dalai Lama waves to the crowd during singer Patti Smith's, right, performance at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

The spiritual leader joined singer Patti Smith on stage Sunday, where he was presented with a birthday cake. The crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to mark his 80th birthday next week.

Singer Patti Smith, right, and the Dalai Lama onstage at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

Singer Patti Smith, right, and the Dalai Lama onstage at the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)
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