The Czech minister of culture, Daniel Herman, received the Dalai Lama in Prague on Tuesday morning. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Culture and was also attended by other members of Mr. Herman’s party, the Christian Democrats. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka described the gathering as the private initiative of a cabinet member. No representatives of Mr. Sobotka’s Social Democrats or the other coalition party ANO met the Tibetan spiritual leader. Earlier this year Chinese diplomats protested against the visit of the Dalai Lama, who is in Prague to speak at the Forum 2000 conference; the annual event was started by his late friend Václav Havel.