The Dalai Lama To Open For Lionel Richie At Glastonbury

It looks like the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, is scheduled for a speaking appearance at Glastonbury, the iconic UK music festival. According to The Independent, the schedule section of dalailama.com included an announcement yesterday that on Sunday, June 28, “His Holiness will give a talk at the Glastonbury Festival in the morning.” The post in question has since been removed, perhaps because the full lineup isn’t expected until April. The news has yet to be officially confirmed by anyone, but the Dalai Lama is still scheduled for a talk the following day at Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, so it seems likely that he will be in England at the time. If it’s true, it means that the Dalai Lama will be opening for Lionel Richie, who was confirmed in November for the fest’s Sunday afternoon teatime slot (occupied last year by Dolly Parton). Previously, in 2013, the Dalai Lama’s Gyuto Monks performed at Glastonbury’s Green Fields to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence.