July 2015 Newsletter

A Celestial Celebration

 

July 2015 Newsletter
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A Celestial Celebration of the Dalai Lama’s Birthday:
Venus joins Jupiter,  Love and Compassion Prevail

What a happy and auspicious summer night sky: The rare and very close encounter of Venus and Jupiter climaxing on June 30, and lingering into July. NASA describes the meeting as a ‘jaw-dropping one-third of a degree apart,’ a distance smaller than the width of the moon as we see it here on Earth.

The expansive and joyful nature of Jupiter is hooking up with the divine qualities of love that Venus radiates. Could the frequencies from this dazzling meeting have been the benevolent influence that swayed the supreme court decision?
Perhaps.
In a broader context, with a flavor of Buddhist philosophy, this conjunction of influences from Jupiter and Venus could be an inspiration for compassion and giving, from the heart, with joy and grace, to each other, to those in need, those suffering and those causing suffering. Maybe the influence of these two dynamic forces will open hearts and offer a profound possibility for uplifting change in our world, perhaps creating a bridge that could heal prejudice and division.

Perhaps it was a celestial gift for His Holiness, for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Happy Birthday to His Holiness the Dalai Lama!

 

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An opportunity to give is coming up this July 8th, at City Park: The Louisiana Himalayan Association is sponsoring a benefit for Nepal, with live music, a cash bar, food by local chefs and a live auction hosted by our own John Calhoun. Be there or be lost in space!

Full Circle: NOLA to NEPAL

Nepal sent $50,000 in aid to the state of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina to help New Orleans and the affected regions. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Nepal, the Louisiana Himalaya Association (LHA) would like to return the favor, and we need your help!
Full Circle: New Orleans to Nepal is a fundraising benefit and auction to help the people of Nepal recover from devastating earthquakes, and repay their kindness to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
Entrance donation will be $25($20 in advance at The Tibetan House at 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street or http://fullcirclenolatonepal.brownpapertickets.com/

The event will feature:

  • Live Music
  • Amazing food from local chefs and restaurants, including Vincent’s Italian Cuisine on St.Charles, Bacchanal, and vegan options by Iskcon, Breads on Oak, Mona’s on Banks, Nolavore & more!
  • Cash bar with specialty cocktails
  • A LIVE AUCTION hosted by John Calhoun
  • and more!

By attending this event or donating to the cause at http://lhainfo.org/donate.html, you will be part of the effort to provide Nepali earthquake survivors the same care and generosity given to our community.LHA has been dedicated to improving the lives of people in the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal while providing a cultural bridge between Tibet and Louisiana since 1997. LHA has carefully reviewed the progress of aid in Nepal and asks for donations to provide immediate temporary shelter and housing supplies. 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to those in need, and every dollar is valuable.For more information on LHA, visit: www.lhainfo.org

We in New Orleans know well how long and difficult the road to recovery from a natural disaster of this magnitude is. Now, our friends in the Himalayas need our help. Thank you so much for your support, New Orleans. We couldn’t do this without you.

Please note that Tibetan House will close at 4:30pm on Wednesday, July 8th in order to participate in the New Orleans to Nepal fundraiser.

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Chamtrul Rinpoche is Coming to New Orleans!  July 30-August 2

 

Chamtrul Rinpoche is the recognized reincarnation of a great master and scholar from the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the oldest school in Tibet.

Having studied many years, he holds a vast and profound knowledge of sutra, tantra, and dzogchen, and has been conferred the title ‘Khenpo’ – roughly equivalent to ‘Doctor of Buddhist Philosophy’.

Known for his nonsectarian quality, he has received all the cycles of teachings, empowerments and transmissions from more than twenty five accomplished masters and scholars from all four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism – namely, Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug.

Chamtrul Rinpoche currently lives and teaches in India, in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala. Dedicating his life to helping people find inner peace, he also travels the world each year to teach and guide many old and new students.

In his own words:

“Teaching is what I do in this life, wherever someone asks me to teach, I am there. Without discriminating against anybody based on their gender, race, creed and so forth, I wish them to enjoy excellent peace and harmony. I try to the best of my ability to promote the view, meditation and conduct of non-violence, which is the indispensable source for the spread and enhancement of the inner peace of mind.”

Teaching Schedule July 30-August 2

Healing with the Mind’s Power

Thursday, July 30,

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas

7pm

Tantra: What is the Meaning and How to Practice

Friday, July 31,

LHA Community Center

621 N. Rendon

7pm

Chenrezig Teaching and Practice -The Power of Mantra – Om Mani Padme Hung

Saturday, August 1

LHA Community Center

Pt. 1:    10am-1pm (with a tea and cookie break at 11:30)

Pt. 2:    3pm-5pm

Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels – What it means to become a Buddhist

Sunday, August 2

LHA Community Center

10am -1pm

(with a tea and cookie break at 11:30)

Taking Refuge Ceremony: for those interested in taking formal Buddhist refuge and receiving a Buddhist name from the Rinpoche*

Sunday, August 2

LHA Community Center

621 N. Rendon

3pm

*For those taking refuge, attending the Sunday morning session is required. For those who have previously taken Refuge from other Rinpoche’s or in other Buddhist traditions, there is no problem with participating in the ceremony once again.

Applying Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Monday, August 3

Clearwater Sanctuary in Covington

2:30pm

Sign up at  (985) 630-1009 or www.Clearwatersanctuary.org

Dzogchen

Monday, August 3

Samten Choeling Tibetan Cultural Center

6:30pm-8pm

For more information, contact: (504) 723-1317

Dream Yoga

Tuesday, August 4

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas

7pm-9pm

All events are free and open to the public.

Donations to help with travel expenses will be much appreciated.Please let us know if you plan to attend by sending us an email at info@tibetanhouse.comIf you are interested in donating a meal for Chamtrul Rinpoche during his visit, please contact us at info@tibetanhouse.com.

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Summer Clearance Sale Begins July 7th!

July 7th – August 29th25% off all Rugs, Thangkas, Scarves and other select items!

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New Full Moon Singing Bowls from Nepal have Arrived!

Tibetan House purchases singing bowls in Boudha, Kathmandu from Santa Ratna Shakya, a musician, healer and the creator of the Full Moon Singing Bowl. He discovered that firing and shaping a bowl during the night of a full moon, enhances the tone and duration of the sound, thereby enhancing the subtle healing qualities.

Santa’s home and family, factory and workers, store front and employees all survived the earthquake. He made a batch of Sagittarius Full Moon bowls especially for Tibetan House on June 2.  They have arrived!
View the Process of Creating a Singing Bowl at the Himalyan Singing Bowl Centre
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R16H7VXsh68

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Films in July

Tibetan House screens documentary films about Tibet and Buddhism on Sunday evenings.  Screenings begin at 7pm, suggested donation $5.

Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy

Sunday, July 5

View Trailer

Running time: 134 minutes

The Lion’s Roar

Sunday, July 12

View Trailer

Running time: 50 minutes

For the Benefit of All Sentient Beings: The Extraordinary Life of His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche

Sunday, July 19

View Trailer

Running time: 100 minutes

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Sunday, July 26

View Trailer

Running time: 90 minutes

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Tibetan House’s schedule in July

*** Tibetan House will be closed on Saturday, July 4th. ***

**** There will be no Meditation Classes July 12-19 ****

Regular schedule of classes will resume Tuesday evening, July 21st.

For more information about our classes, please visit our website.  Be sure and check out our newest weekly learning opportunity, Introduction to Tibetan Sound Healing.  This class takes place on Sunday mornings, 10am-11am.

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