Prague: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai
Lama said on Monday he had offered frail Czech freedom icon Vaclav
Havel a "Tibetan method" to overcome the effects of a recent
"His physical condition is quite weak so... I recommended
some Tibetan method," said the Dalai Lama, currently on a
four-day visit to Prague at the invitation of former Czech
"I told him now I`m acting like a Tibetan physician to my
long-time friend," the 76-year-old told reporters with a
laugh, after asking Havel "to live ten more years."
Havel, 75, the president of Czechoslovakia in 1990-1992
and of the successor Czech Republic in 1993-2003, has long
battled poor health, partly caused by the five years he spent
in communist jails.
The former dissident playwright became a hero of the
peaceful Velvet Revolution that toppled the 41-year communist
rule in his country in late 1989.
Local media said Havel, who has been grappling with
breathing problems since he had part of his lung removed in
1996 to stop cancer, had cancelled part of his weekend
programme and only met the Dalai Lama shortly on Saturday.
"Yesterday, Vaclav Havel returned to his weekend house to
rest. He will stay there until Christmas, which he will spend
in Prague," his secretary Sabina Tancevova said.
"He feels tired, and in recent days he has suffered from
a virus that exhausted him. But the meeting with His Holiness
on Saturday encouraged him," she added.
The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet following a failed
uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, founded a government in
exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamshala after being
offered refuge there.