His Holiness the Dalai Lama was honoured with the Jan Langos Prize, named after a Slovak anti-communist dissident and awarded by a Bratislava-based foundation carrying his name.
After receiving Slovakia's Jan Langos International award at a theater in Bratislava, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said he considers the prize "new encouragement" for his efforts to find a "mutually agreeable solution" for China and Tibet.
The Jan Langos Foundation said that it awarded the 74-year-old Tibetan leader for his "life-long resistance against the oppressive regime in China".
Chinese authorities accuse the Tibetan spiritual leader of seeking independence from Communist China, but His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in northern India, insists he merely wants more autonomy for whole Tibet.
The Jan Langos Foundation, which invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Slovakia, gives its award to "an outstanding figure of the local defiance against oppressed regimes and their security services" and to civil servants and politicians who "endeavor for human dignity and freedom."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who arrived in Slovakia on Tuesday, was received by Bratislava's mayor on Wednesday and planned to meet with opposition leaders and the public.
Higher ranking Slovak government officials were not scheduled to meet with him, Slovak local media reported.
Other recipients of the Jan Langos award have included former Hungarian President Arpad Goncz, who was praised for promoting democracy while working as an anti-communist dissident.
The Tibetan leader's next stop is the neighbouring Czech Republic where he is to arrive on Thursday and attend a conference on human rights in Asia on Friday. His Holiness will return to India on Saturday.