“ Es importante abrir mente y corazón, pensando desde la paz y la felicidad, no solo hacia ti
mismo sino hacia todos los seres.”TEMA PONENCIA.
La Paz, la Felicidad y la Compasión en el Mundo que nos espera.
The Venerable Tibetan Monk Thubten Wangchen was born in 1954 in Tibet, in the village of Kirong (“Village of Bliss” in Tibetan).
Kirong (“Village of Bliss” in Tibetan). In 1959, at the age of five, he was forced to leave his country with his father and two children.
his father and two older brothers because of the Chinese invasion of Tibet.
China’s invasion of Tibet. He had to survive by begging on the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, like so many other Tibetans forced into exile.
Tibetans forced into exile.
Soon after, thanks to the auspices of H.H. the Dalai Lama and the help of the Indian government, he was able to enter a school for Tibetan refugees.
Tibetan refugee school in Dalhousie, India, where he studied his own language, culture, history, history, art and art
Buddhist language, culture, history, art and philosophy, as well as English and Hindi.
At the age of sixteen he decided to enter a monastery to deepen his study of Buddhist philosophy.
Buddhist philosophy. He managed to enter Namgyal Monastery – the private monastery of H.H. the Dalai Lama – in Dharamsala.
Lama – in Dharamsala, northern India, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile. There he spent eleven
years studying Buddhist doctrine and its rituals, ceremonies, dances, mandala making,
At the end of 1981 he went to Spain for the first time as a translator for a Tibetan lama.
Subsequently he continued to organize lectures, exhibitions and seminars on the different fields of Tibetan culture.
In 1989 and for three years he was the director of the LAMA PROJECT, a project for the compilation and video recording of Tibetan traditions and teachings.
video recording of the traditions and teachings preserved by the older lamas, in order to ensure their continuity.
to ensure their continuity.
After an intense cultural exchange with the West, he decided to open a center in Spain.
On the indication and advice of H.H. the Dalai Lama, he created the Tibet House in Barcelona with the aim of disseminating Tibetan culture.
the Dalai Lama, created the Tibet House in Barcelona with the aim of spreading Tibetan culture. In December 1994, H.H. the Dalai Lama inaugurated the headquarters of the Tibet House in Barcelona.
of Tibet, of which he is the Honorary President and Thubten Wangchen its director.
On September 25, 1998, Ven. Thubten Wangchen obtained Spanish nationality,
becoming one of the first Spanish citizens of Tibetan origin.
In 2000, the Casa del Tibet became a Foundation with the aim of promoting the dissemination and defense of Tibetan culture.
and defense of Tibetan culture, Human Rights and Cooperation and solidarity with the Tibetan people in exile.
Tibetan people in exile, especially in education and health programs.
In September 2007, the Casa del Tibet Foundation organized the visit of H.H. the Dalai Lama to Barcelona.
Barcelona. A visit that, among other events, summoned more than 10,000 people to attend a public lecture at the Palau Sant’Egidio in Barcelona.
a public conference at the Palau Sant Jordi in the capital.
Ven. Thubten Wangchen is also a Member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile for Europe, based in Dharamsala, Dharamsala, India.
based in Dharamsala, India, since March 2011.
In 2012, he undertook a two-month European tour to publicize the international campaign
“Flame of Truth” launched by the Tibetan Parliament in Exile. A campaign that involved
traveling more than 15,000 kilometers, 29 cities, 24 countries and more than 150 hours on the road to collect signatures
collecting signatures to call for a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue, the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
Dalai Lama to Tibet and to make the UN and the international community aware of the aspirations and sufferings of the Tibetan people.
the aspirations and sufferings of the Tibetan people. The campaign concluded on December 10, 2012, the International Human Rights Day
International Human Rights Day”, when all the signatures collected in various countries in Europe, Asia and the world were
in various countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, the United States and Canada, with the presentation of the letter of appeal to the United Nations.
letter of appeal to the United Nations in New York, to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and to the
and to the UN Information Center in New Delhi, simultaneously.
A tireless defender of human rights, he was widely reported in the national and international press for his
international press for the lawsuit brought before the Audiencia Nacional against former Chinese leaders accused of genocide, including
of genocide, among them Jiang Zemin, who was president of China from 1993 to 2003; Li Peng,
premier from 1988 to 1998, and three other former leaders. Former President Hu Jintao was also
imputed in the same 2014 with the only votes of the PP, the case of Tibet, along with other causes that were being
that were being investigated in the Audiencia Nacional, was shelved.
His life with the Dalai Lama
At the age of sixteen, a young Wangchen, attracted by spirituality, decided to enter a monastery to learn more about the Buddhist religion.
monastery to deepen his knowledge of the Buddhist religion. He managed to enter the Namgyal monastery,
where he lived for eleven years with the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.
She says of him that “he is a simple man, very human and with a great sense of humor, always with a smile”.
with a smile. In addition, he is a person “consistent with what he says and thinks and does not crave for power, unlike other leaders.
power, unlike other international political leaders”.
Wangchen’s life in the monastery was characterized by austerity and spirituality.
Together with the Dalai Lama and the rest of his companions, he used to get up at around 5 am. After
After washing, the entire congregation would gather at 6 o’clock in the temple for a joint meditation session lasting about two hours.
meditation session lasting about two hours. After this ritual, the 200 monks of the monastery would go to a large dining hall where they would share breakfast.
a large dining hall where they shared breakfast.
The rest of the day the monks spent the hours in classes with the lamas (teachers). In these classes, the monks
monks studied philosophy and memorized sacred texts.
After a lunch break, the afternoon was devoted to activities such as sacred arts and dances,
where Wangchen learned to develop qualities such as patience and concentration.
In the evening Wangchen and his Buddhist companions would have a light supper, for, as tradition has it
tradition says, “a monk should have little or no supper”. And before going to bed, they continued with the
memorization of texts and religious rituals.
Wangchen is currently a deputy of the Tibetan government in exile, and as a European representative, he is trying to raise awareness in
European representative, he is trying to make known on our continent the plight of his people in Tibet so that the world will not
Tibet so that the world does not turn its back on them. Despite the years of hardship he experienced during his childhood, Wangchen shows an attitude that is always
Wangchen shows an ever-positive attitude that he exudes wherever he goes.
Venerable Thubten Wangchen constantly travels to all corners of the world to speak about two of the issues that most concern him.
two of the subjects he is most passionate about: Buddhist philosophy and the defense of the human rights of his people.
human rights of his people.
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