London — 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 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.”

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 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.

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