published: 14.09.2013, 17:50 | updated: 14.09.2013 17:55:15
Prague - Tibetan Dalai Lama, a personal friend of former Czech president Vaclav Havel, delivered a lecture before hundreds of people in Prague today.
Dalai Lama's arrival was welcomed by standing ovations. At the beginning of his lecture, he several times mentioned Havel.
The lecture, devoted to compassion and respect, highlighted the role of quality interpersonal relations.
His speech in English was often punctured with laughter, to which the audience reacted with applause.
Dalai Lama spoke about the need of tolerance and respect as well as people's desire for happiness.
After the end of the first part of his lecture, questions were asked from the audience.
Dalai Lama was invited to Prague by organisers of the Forum 2000 conference.
This year's 17th Forum 2000 focuses on societies in transition.
The theme stems from the legacy of Forum 2000's founder, the late Czech president Vaclav Havel, who devoted his life to fighting for freedom and human dignity in the face of the communist regime.
The 17th Forum 2000 officially opens on Sunday.
Over 100 personalities from all over the world are expected to attend it. They include Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Prize holder, and former South Africa president Frederik de Klerk, also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
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