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His Holiness the Dalai Lama received the Jan Langos Award and spoke on Compassion

September 12, 2009

Bratislava (Slovakia), 9 September - His Holiness the Dalai Lama today
received International Jan Langos Award. In his acceptance address, His
Holiness thanked the Jan Langos Foundation for presenting the award to him.

"It was a great honour to receive the award of Jan Langos, also a freedom
fighter who followed non-violence", said His Holiness. "This award means a
lot to me." His Holiness said he considers the award "new encouragement" for
his efforts to find a "mutually agreeable solution" for China and Tibet. His
Holiness also spoke our promotion of human value and religious harmony.

As His Holiness the Dalai Lama was presented the award, the audience
applauded continuously and gave a standing ovation. The award is in memory
of the prominent former Slovak dissident Mr. Jan Langos who challenged
communism and totalitarian regime in the former Czechoslovakia.

The Jan Langos Foundation said, "the International Jan Langos Award is
bestowed on His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in recognition of his lifelong
resistance against oppressive regime in China. Furthermore, the Foundation
wants to recognise his consistent and non-violent struggle for human rights
and promoting the principles of love, tolerance and compassion worldwide."

Earlier in the morning, the Lord Mayor Andrej Durkovsk received His Holiness
in front of the City Hall. The Mayor said, "your visit here in Bratislava is
very important and special not only to me but to the people of Bratislava."

Then His Holiness the Dalai Lama opened an exhibition on Tibet in the city
centre. This exhibition will be open for six months. While addressing the
members of the press, His Holiness said that media had a very important role
to play in promoting human value and religious harmony.

After lunch, the Vice-Chairman of the Slovakian Parliament and leaders of
the four Opposition Parties called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the
hotel. One of the Opposition Party leaders said they would soon setup a
Tibet Group within the Slovakian Parliament. His Holiness thanked them for
their support.

In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a public talk on
Compassion. Over 4000 people filled the Pasienky sports indoor stadium in
Bratislava.

In all the four public engagements today and when His Holiness returned to
the hotel from the public talk, large number of people turned out to
greeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama. As a sign of appreciation and
solidarity they clapped their hands.

Tomorrow, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will travel to Prague, the capital
city of Czech Republic. His Holiness will address an international
conference on Peace, Democracy and Human Rights in Asia on 11 September.
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