The Dalai Lama and comedian Russell Brand formed an unlikely double act as an audience of youngsters was enlightened and entertained. Brand was master of ceremonies at the Manchester Arena event.
The funnyman had said before the event that he presumed he was asked to compere proceedings because they wanted him to be funny. He did not disappoint the crowd as he also hosted a question and answer session on stage and obviously created a good impression with the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
The Dalai Lama playfully tugged Brand's beard on stage as the joker responded: "Not really a lot I can do in a situation like this. I just have to go with it." The Dalai Lama is on a 10-day tour of Britain with a mission to spread his Buddhist teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters.
Russell Brand and the Dalai Lama share a joke on stage at the Manchester Arena, where the Dalai Lama gave a talk called Century of Dialogue - Stand up and Be the Change to thousands of people.
Russell Brand acted as master of ceremonies at the Manchester Arena where the Dalai Lama addressed thousands of young people, giving a talk entitled Century of Dialogue - Stand up and Be the Change. It is part of the Tibetan leader's UK tour.
The Dalai Lama brushed aside a reported threat by China to withdraw their Olympic athletes from a training camp as "almost routine".
The Tibetan spiritual leader made the comment during the launch of his 10-day visit to the UK which will see him pass on a message of non-violence, dialogue and universal responsibility.
Asked about his thoughts on the reported threat, he replied: "That is always happening, that is almost like routine."
Whenever a national leader meets the Dalai Lama there is a similar reaction from Beijing. China's leaders regard the Tibetan spiritual leader as a 'separatist' and the head of a 'feudal system' - he is seen as some kind of religious terrorist leader.
Chinese officials have threatened to pull the country's Olympic athletes out of their training camp in Leeds due to a scheduled visit by the Dalai Lama to the city, the BBC reported.
The Tibetan spiritual leader is set to address the Yorkshire International Business Convention on Friday but it is believed Chinese officials asked Leeds City Council to put pressure on the organisers to cancel his visit.
China has indefinitely suspended minister-level meetings with Britain in protest at David Cameron's decision to meet the Dalai Lama, the Daily Telegraph reported.
According to the newspaper both Lord Green, the Trade and Investment minister, and Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister, have had planned meetings with Chinese ministers either cancelled or palmed off on junior officials in the last month.
The Dalai Lama's tour of the UK aims to spread the 76-year-old Buddhist's teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters and he will also appear with actor and comedian Brand at a youth event in Manchester on Friday.
Brand will act as a master of ceremonies when the Dalai Lama addresses thousands of young people, giving a talk entitled Century of Dialogue - Stand up and Be the Change.
The Dalai Lama will begin a national tour of the UK which will include an appearance alongside comedian Russell Brand.
The Tibetan spiritual leader will visit Manchester, Leeds and London during the eight-day visit which will see him pass on a message of non-violence, dialogue and universal responsibility.