The Happiness Inside

Thamthog Rinpoche and Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Thamthog Rinpoche and Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Yesterday the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga joined the president of the Canarian Buddhist centre Ghel Pel Ling Gloría Cabello in announcing details of this week’s events under the title “Real internal happiness”. The open days are being directed by Thamthog Rinpoche, one of the most eminent Tibetan Buddhists today, and one of the Dalai Lama’s closest advisors. Also involved in the event is Khenrab Rinpoche, the spiritual advisor at the Ghel Pel Ling centre, which is based in Costa Adeje.
During the press conference to announce details of the event mayor Rodríguez Fraga said that “Adeje continues to work positively towards the integration and harmonious coexistence of all cultures and creeds, as Adeje is a plural, open and tolerant society”. He welcomed Thamthog Rinpoche to Adeje and reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that Adeje continued to be a place where religious tolerance was paramount, a place where bridge-building could flourish.
Thamthog Rinpoche spoke of the role Buddhism can play in today’s world, adding that it was not a religion that only sought converts, as one of the basic tenets of Buddhism is respect for all religions and cultures. “People must respect tolerance if they wish to find peace”. He said there was so much suffering in the world today, “countless problems, difficulties, which block the path to inner peace”, but it was up to people to leave ignorance behind. Thamthog Rinpoche, added that change was “100 per cent possible”, but people have to want to change, to find the right path to peace, via hope and tolerance.
The first conference is today, Wednesday 23rd, in the Adeje school of Music and Dance, and is free to attend. It starts at 6.30pm. There are follow up events on Thursday and Friday, at the same time, in the school.
Thamthog Rinpoche
Thamthog Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet in 1951. When he was six years old he was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the tutor of His Holiness Kyabje Trijyan Rinpoche as the reincarnation of XII Thamthog, founder of the three largest monastic universities of Lithang. He studied at Sera Je Monastery in Tibet, and after 1959 continued his studies at Sera Je Monastic University in South India. In 1982 he was awarded the highest title of Buddhist studies “Geshe Lharampa.” Later he entered the monastery of Tantric Ghiumè to deepen the study of the Tantra. Rinpoche received the complete transmission of the common and secret teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1987, at the invitation of his teacher, he moved to Italy as a resident Lama and spiritual leader of Ghe Pel Ling, until August 2009, when he was appointed abbot of Namgyal Monastery by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.