Lama Wangchen Visits Monteverde

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.


FROM Monteverde Digital Flyer 
Lama Thubten Wangchen will visit Monteverde Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  Many will remember his brief visit and moving talk at the Friends Meeting House in 2005.
Lama Wangchen will give two open public talks on Wednesday at the Monteverde Friends School and meeting house.  All are welcome to attend this historic event.
As representative of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile since 2011, Lama Wangchen works with heads of state throughout Europe.  He represents the Dalai Lama and works extensively with him in India.  In January he worked with the Dalai Lama in Bodh gaya for the Kalachakra initiation of 300,000 people dedicating their lives in service to the world.
As a five year old child Thubten escaped with his father and siblings with the Dalai Lama from Tibet into India, enduring even the hardships of begging in the streets to survive.  He began studying Buddhism with the Dalai Lama at sixteen and has worked closely with him since that time. Thubten was the first Lama to learn to speak Spanish and the Dalai Lama sent him to Spain to set up the Casa del Tibet in Barcelona in 1994 where he has collaborated with the Spanish government and is responsible for the entire Tibetan community in Spain and Europe.
Lama Wangchen is fluent in Tibetan, Spanish, and English.  He has traveled in Central and South America, with special interest in Latin America.  In 2005, he signed our guestbook in Tibetan and English saying:
“Today is a really special day for a Tibetan Buddhist monk to be able to visit your house and meeting your family members.  I wish through our human contact and feelings we could bring more Peace, Harmony, and happiness in this world.  Let’s everybody work for better human.  Thanks, Wangchen” 24/07/2005


This talk was recorded by Francis Guindon (Monteverde.FM) on February 22, 2017.

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