Sikyong Honours Ven Thupten Wangchen For Over Two Crore Funding for CTA.

March 25, 2017

(L-R) Secretary Chemi Rigzin, Home Kalon Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang, Ven. Thupten Wangchen, Member of Tibetan Parliament and Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay during the ceremony held at Kashag Secretariat, 24 March 2017.

DHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay yesterday presented an award to Ven Thupten Wangchen, Member of Tibetan parliament, Europe and Founder of Tibet House, Barcelona, in recognition of his massive fundraising efforts to benefit the construction of new residential apartments for newly arrived Tibetans from Tibet.

A brief ceremony was held at Kashag secretariat, in the presence of Kalon Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang and Secretary Chemi Rigzin, where Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay presented the Appreciation award to Ven Thupten Wangchen and thanked him for raising over Rs 2 crore for the project.

Sikyong further acknowledged Ven Thupten Wangchen's immense contribution in advocating for Tibetan freedom stuggle in Europe and for strengthening the socio-economic foundations of exile Tibetan community besides his role as an elected member of Tibetan Parliament in exile representing Europe.

Bio data of Ven Thupten Wangchen, Member of 16th Tibetan parliament, Founder of Tibet House, Barcelona

Ven Thubten Wangchen was born in 1954 in Tibet, in the village of Kyirong in Tibet. In 1959 he fled to India with his father and joined a school for Tibetan refugees in Dalhousie, northern India. At the age of sixteen, he decided to enter monkhood to study the Buddhist philosophy. He was admitted to Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala. He spent eleven years studying Tibetan Buddhism, his rituals, ceremonies, dances, and mandala construction. At the end of 1981, he moved to Spain as translator of a Tibetan religious master. He then organised conferences, exhibitions and seminars on different areas of Tibetan culture. In 1989 and for three years he became director of the "Lama project", a video recording program for traditional teachings preserved by elderly lamas.

In order to raise awareness of Tibetan culture and Buddhism, he founded the Tibet House in Barcelona, which was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in December 1994. In 2000, Tibet House became a foundation to promote Tibetan culture, human rights in Tibet, and solidarity with exiled Tibetans, particularly in education and health programs. In September 2007, the foundation organised His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Barcelona. The public lecture "The Art of Happiness" brings together more than 10,000 people at the Palau Sant Jordi in the capital4 On 27 April 2011, Ven Thubten Wangchen was elected as a deputy of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, where he was one of two representatives for Europe in the Tibetan diaspora. In November 2015, he participated in the World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Barcelona.