Photo exhibition inspired by the historic meeting of Václav Havel and His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be unveiled in Prague

“It was a great honour to visit Prague for the first time in February 1990 at the invitation of President Vaclav Havel. Indeed, it was a memorable and rare experience, following his election as president of then Czechoslovakia, and also soon after the fall of the Berlin wall. I was deeply impressed by the late leader’s genuine and strong conviction in truth, justice, freedom and human dignity.”

His Holiness added that he had the opportunity to meet President Havel quite regularly since then, “during which we discussed issues of mutual interest.”

Even after the passing of President Vaclav, His Holiness said he’s participated in Forum 2000 Conferences organised by Forum 2000 Foundation that pursues the legacy of Václav Havel by advancing the values of democracy and respect for human rights. 

Marked to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the historic visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet Open House’s exhibition will feature photographs taken by Standa Dolezal,showcasing “the unique atmosphere of this very rare event, and commemorates the 30th anniversary.”

“The exhibition is open to the general public until the end of September, and during the summer the Tibet Open House will also prepare an additional program in the form of screenings of thematic films and lecturers,” the press release read. Documentaries such as ‘Om…’ about this visit of the Dalai Lama, shot by David Ondříček and Martin Benc, a documentary by Viliam Poltikovič about the friendship between the Dalai Lama and Václav Havel In the Embrace of the Dalai Lama and others will be screened. 

The Tibet Open House, a unique Tibetan Buddhist centre is established and supported by the Linhart Foundation. The Tibet Open House project in 2016 was personally blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a personal audience for Geshe Yeshi Gawa, resident lama of the centre and Jan Mayer, President of the Linhart Foundation, and was later blessed by His Holiness the Karmapa.

www.tibetopenhouse.cz  [2]

www.linhartovanadace.cz [3]

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