Dalai Lama in Prague

The Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, is in Prague for a three-day visit at the invitation of ex-president Vaclav Havel and Forum 2,000, of which he is co-founder. His meeting with Mr. Havel on Saturday took place in a cordial atmosphere. Dalai Lama said he greatly prized his friendship with Vaclav Havel, calling him “a great moral authority and a friend of the free world ”. He presented his host with a white scarf and golden wheel, a symbol of strength in adversity. “I asked him to live another ten years at least” the Dalai Lama later told newsmen. The ex-president thanked the Dalai Lama for coming to the Czech Republic where “he was much loved by the people and slightly feared by politicians”. Mr. Havel, who has been ailing, returned to Prague for the meeting after spending weeks in seclusion at his country cottage.

In the coming days the Tibetan spiritual leader will be speaking at Charles University on the subject of China and its human rights record and he is expected to lead a debate on the search for happiness in an uncertain world.