Nepal Update & Lama Lena Visit




May 2015
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Greetings from Tibetan House

Tibetan House extends heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have  generously contributed to the people of Nepal, Tibet and India that have had their lives turned upside down by the earthquakes.

We will continue to post updates about recovery in these areas on Facebook, and our website. We will continue to encourage you to donate money, and will post sites that we feel are good, trustworthy groups or individuals. We will continue to collect donations at Tibetan House to hand deliver in September.In the meantime, every OM MANI PADME OM that comes from your heart, will be felt by someone in distress.


Good News: Lama Lena is coming to New Orleans end of May

Whether you are a practicing Buddhist, taking your first steps towards a practice, or simply curious about it, taking a teaching with Lama Lena is an experience you will never forget.

Lama Lena’s New Orleans Schedule

Thursday, May 28

A View of Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas St.


Friday, May 29

Applying Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Life

LHA Community Center,

621 N. Rendon St.


Saturday, May 30

Green Tara – Teaching and Practice

LHA Community Center,

621 N. Rendon St.

11am-1pm & 3pm-5pm

Sunday, May 31

Nature Blessing and Potluck Picnic

Weather permitting: Bayou St John, in front of the Post Office, otherwise  LHA Community Center


All events are free and open to the public. Donations to help with travel expenses will be much appreciated.

Lama Lena:

Beginning in 1972, Lama Lena, born a westerner,  spent three years studying with Lama Thubten Yeshe at his monastery in Nepal and seven years in retreat and practice in a small cave above TsoPema under the tutelage of her root teacher, Ven.Wangdor Rimpoche. For the past 25 years she has traveled extensive with Wangdor Rimpoche as his translator and assistant.Lama Lena has also studied Chinese medicine and had a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2005 she returned to Tso Pema to assist Wangdor Rimpoche. She currently lives on the mountain above Lotus Lake with her two kandros.

When she is not traveling, teaching or translating, she works providing medical assistance to the Tibetan refugee community as well as the local Indian villagers and mountain tribespeople. At the request of H.E., Zigar Choktrul Rimpoche and Ven.Wangdor Rinpoche – as well as many Western and Tibetan dharma students – she has been traveling and teaching from the lineages she holds.


Update on Nepal

I went on BBC news, online, today. They have been very good about updates in Nepal and Tibet. Sadly, there were no new updates. It was the same listing of articles as  a few days ago. Clearly, Nepal is no longer on the radar. Unless of course you are in Nepal, have family in Nepal, have friends in Nepal, or have business in Nepal.Needless to say, it’s almost all that I can think about, especially as I will be going in September. I find myself reciting OM MANI PADME HUM while sitting in traffic in New Orleans, instead of wondering why there is so much fricking traffic in New Orleans.

If you go on Facebook, or check indiegogo donation sites, you will see that everyone and their cousin is raising money for Nepal. Thank goodness. This is wonderful. Most of the sites seem very reliable.

One of the groups we would like to support does not have a site. It is the Triten Norbutse Monastery in Swayambhu, on the west side of Kathmandu. Some of our favorite Tibetan merchants are in Swayambu. I would like to deliver a sizable donation to this monastery in September. Below is a segment about the work they are doing.

We have sent funds to our friend Pema, a Nepalese woman born and raised in a remote mountain village. She has purchased rice, ponchos, tarps and tents, in preparation for the monsoon season which will begin any day. Please check out her work on our website.

If you would like to support the monastery, independent craftspeople, or Pema, you can do so at our fundraising site, Indiegogo NOLA 4 NEPAL

Insights on the Relief Efforts in Nepal

FPMT, Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition is very dedicated to the recovery in Nepal. Our Wednesday evening class, Discovering Buddhism, uses FPMT’s study program series. This site is very informative regarding many aspects of the challenge in Nepal:

United Nations for a Free Tibet (India) posted this article to their facebook page:

‘Triten Norbutse Monastery and Bonpo Foundation in

Monks during a rescue mission in Nepal

Under the guidance of Khenchen Lungtok Tenpa Youndung Rinpoche, the monks of Triten Norbutse Bonpo monastery in Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, participated in relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Nepal.The monks offered prayers for the deceased, carried rescue operations, dug out bodies from the debris of crashed buildings and provided free medical facilities to the injured.

Triten Norbutse monastery along with the Bonpo Foundation also invited medical experts from various other countries and held free western medical and Tibetan traditional medical check-ups for three days.

The aid team also visited rural areas like Sindhupalchowk, Helembuvde, Kwal etc. and provided them with basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing.

The team also agreed to provide assistance in any natural disasters in the future.’

From our friend Linda Usdin “MaitiNepal is an amazing organization that works to protect young Nepali girls who are at risk of being sex trafficked as well as to rescue those who have been taken.  They run intervention centers at the borders, an orphanage, hospice (for girls returning with AIDS), schools and vocational training programs.

MaitiNepal was not seriously damaged although staff members lost family members and homes, and all of the girls as well as staff have been sleeping outside and are terribly scared.  MaitiNepal has made the decision to adopt 200 girls who have been orphaned by the quake.”


Quick Reminders:

Discovering Buddhism: guest speaker Dr. Jose Calderon-Abbo

Thursday, May 20th at 7pm

Mindfulness for Beginners & Experts

at Tibetan House

He serves in many roles, among them he is the founder of the Mindful Living Program, the leading stress reduction and wellness program using mind-body skills in New Orleans, and co-founder and faculty with the Mind Body Center of Louisiana, a non-profit organization devoted to the dissemination of mind-body practices in healthcare. Dr. Calderon is faculty with Tulane, LSU and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. 

For more information about Dr. Calderon’s practice, visit his website,

Mindfulness Practice for children and parents, together

with local author Whitney Stewart

Sunday, May 31st

11am – 12pm

at Tibetan House

For all of you that have inquired about meditation for children, here is your chance to experience mediation with your kids. Whitney Stewart will be at Tibetan House for a book signing and a meditation practice!
Whitney Stewart has traveled to Tibet, Nepal, and India and has met meditation masters, including His Holiness Dalai Lama. Currently, she teaches mindfulness at Tulane University and to children and teens.


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