Thomas Laird and Grand Opening Celebration



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Tashi Delek!

Join us for An Evening with Thomas Laird

Sunday, January 18
7:00 – 8:30pm


Thomas Laird is a photographer, journalist and writer devoted to documenting different aspects of the art, culture, history, and modern life of Himalayan people for forty years.

Laird has accumulated one of the largest photo-documentation archives of Tibetan murals in the world, including rare images from Tibet’s oldest surviving murals.  From 1997-2000, the Dalai Lama granted Laird a long series of interviews that shaped his book The Story of Tibet, Conversations with the Dalai Lama.  Laird’s work has been published by National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Asiaweek, The New York Times, The South China Morning Post, and many others.

On January 18, Laird will discuss and sign his books (which will be available for purchase), and he will share large format prints of Tibetan murals, images captured at life size, to give us a glimpse of his new work, The Murals of Tibet.

Tibetan House Grand Opening Celebration!

Thursday, January 22
5:00 – 8:00pm

I never thought I would be a shop owner, until Diana turned to me one day as we were raising prayer flags to welcome the Dalai Lama to New Orleans, and said, “Let’s open a shop.” And I said “Okay”.With ease and grace, we are open for business! The community has welcomed us wit

h open arms, big smiles, and warm hearts, and a great dealing of sighing, and ‘Oh My Goodness, your shop is Beautiful! We are so glad that you are open!!!’It’s a wonderful feeling

, a feeling full of gratitude to every one that participated in the process. When I landed in New Delhi, a year and a half ago, to go ‘shopping’ , I felt like I was just around the corner from home. It seemed so familiar. I unexpectedly shared a plane ride to Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama, with the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. I’m pretty sure that rates high in the auspicious department. I met up with Dr Ron Marks of the Tulane School of Social Work, Carolyn Weaver, Michael Smith, Neil Guidry, the founder of the Louisiana Himalayan Association, and Tsering Phunsock, a Tibetan monk who has visited us often here in New Orleans. All were paramount in connecting me with Tibetan nomad Jewelers, Temple Painters, Tibetan Rug weavers, Nepalese wood sculptors, and so many more remarkable people. They introduced me to Karma Rinpoche, a rare being who imparts the wisdom teachings of the Dharma with a great deal of laughter and love. I ventured out on my own as well, and discovered new artists, made friends with Mapocho, Tunduk, Karma, Karma Dolma, another Karma, Sitar Dolma and Pasang and family who I’m pictured with in the photo. In India I shopped in Pahar Gang, Majnu Ka Tilla, Dharamsala, Tsp Pema, Bir. In Nepal, we shopped in Kathmandu, Patan, Swayambhu, Bhaktapur, Boudha, Nagarkot, Changu Narayan. Every piece of art and craft, jewelery and textile in our shop has a face and a story connected to it. And every face and story is connected in some way to Tibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.Diana’s family has been supportive every breath of the way. The warmth and generosity, and creativity is endless. Diana, her mom Dian and I stapled a few hundred pictures of the Dalai Lama, Om Mani Padme Hum’s, OM AH HUNGs, photos of the 13th Dalai Lama, photos of Tibetans and Tibet, eyes of Buddha on the inner walls of the building. You can feel them, but you cannot see them, as they are covered by the sheet rock.

We feel so grateful toward the Sera Jey Monks who blessed all the rooms in the building, especially our meditation room.  Thank you to Ngwang and Nancy of Clearwater Sanctuary for helping us make that happen.

And finally, thank you to everyone who has walked through our doors, shopped, meditated, or sent words of encouragement!  I hope we see you on Thursday, January 22. We would love to celebrate our opening with you,

- Gael

Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, January 22
5:00 – 8:00pm
Open to the public
Official Ribbon Cutting at 6:30pm
Classical Indian Music by Andrew McLean

Delicious Burmese food by Lahpet

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