“I am very concerned about what is happening in Tibet and I pray for them daily,” he told the ‘Journal’. “ I have just returned from Dharamsala where there are 4,000 monks and where the Dalai Lama lives in exile. I was there to hear his teaching and it has been clear that the Dalai Lama has been using stronger words recently,” he said.
Mr Wangchuk says he is also praying for westerners caught up in the disturbances. “There have been quite few westerners who have not been allowed to proceed with their travels and have been trapped at the borders.”
The Derry Buddhist - speaking after the secretary of the Communist party in Tibet referred to the Buddhist’s spiritual leader as “a wolf in monk’s clothing - insisted that verbal attacks on the Dalai Lama would have no impact.
“The Dalai Lama and his followers are used to such attacks,” he says.