Ven. Thubten Wangchen was born in 1954 in Tibet, in the village of Kirong (happy valley, in Tibetan) and through the auspices of H.H the Dalai Lama and the Indian government assistance he could enter a school for Tibetan refugees in Dalhousie.
At the age of sixteen he decided to enter a monastery for more in-depth study of Buddhist philosophy. He managed to enter the Namgyal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, northern India, and host city of Tibetan government in exile. He spent eleven years studying the Buddhist doctrine and its rituals, ceremonies, dances, mandala construction, and so on.
At the end of 1981, Thubten first came to Spain as translator for a Tibetan Lama. Subsequently he has been organizing conferences, exhibitions and seminars on different areas of Tibetan culture.
In 1989 and for three years, he was director of the “ Lama project”, a project of collecting video recording of the traditional teachings preserved by the elderly lamas, to ensure its continuity.
After an intense cultural exchange with the West, Lama Wangchen decided to inaugurate a Cultural Center in Spain according to the advice and indication of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Tibet House in Barcelona was established with the aim of disseminating Tibetan culture and religion. In December 1994 H.H. the Dalai Lama inaugurated the headquarters of the Tibet House with Thubten Wangchen as its President and Director.
In 2000, Tibet House became a foundation with the aim of enhancing the dissemination and advocacy of Tibetan culture, Human rights, and cooperation and solidarity with the Tibetan people in exile, especially in education programs and health.
In September 2007, the Tibet House foundation organized the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Barcelona. The Public Talk “The Art of Happiness” was attended more than 10,000 people at the “Palau Sant Jordi”.
In 2011 Thubten Wangchen was elected as member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile from Europe. He was reelected for the period 2016-2021.
This talk was recorded by Francis Guindon (Monteverde.FM) on February 22, 2017.