January 2016 Newsletter

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Stepping Up to 2016

Tibetan House wishes all of you the very best for 2016.

Our hope this year is to acknowledge uplifting and fruitful human endeavors that rise up to the challenge of our current world, bringing hope and relief to others, to animals, and to nature. With that in mind, we will be offering you talks, teachings, workshops and films that will inform, inspire and encourage all of us to do our best.

I have included this photo of the nuns that I met in Ganzi, Tibet. Their nunnery is the one featured on the home page of our website. The original nunnery was destroyed during the Chinese invasion. With the sacred objects that they were able to hide during those times, the nuns and villagers rebuilt their home. They truly represent the human spirit that, against all odds, stays connected to their joy, their love, their equanimity and their compassion.

It is this generosity of connection that inspired Tibetan House. It is this generosity that we hope to reciprocate.

Nuns from Ganzi, TibetPhotos taken by Gael Thompson

‘It’s much easier to slip into deep meditationwhen the space around you supports you.”

We are very excited to have Martha Hayden visit us for a week. A joy to be with, Martha’s gift of insight and clarity regarding sacred space is exceptional. She will be here for a free talk on January 14, and will be offering an afternoon workshop on Sunday, January 17.

An Afternoon with Martha Hayden

“A deep and fruitful meditation practice bears such gifts! The centered calm and inner strength we gain help us move through crazy busy days with grace. Those precious moments we touch on high states of sublime Being instill precious joy and sometimes, piercing clarity. Yet we often falter, slipping out of practice or letting our sessions get rote and stale. We lose our way.”
In her talk and later in the workshop, Martha Hayden will explore how we might cultivate a more meaningful practice. “How do we make room for meditation in our lives? What can we do to transform our physical environment to make it more conducive to daily meditation, more beautiful and more inviting? And how might we go about refining the space energetically so deeper and richer spaces land?”Ms. Hayden has a background in Eastern/Western philosophy and wellness. She studied meditation at the Clairvision School and certified with Karen Kingston as a space clearer. For many years she worked in acute care psychiatry, and later built a practice as a bodyworker and meditation based personal growth coach. Presently, she travels throughout the US to do space clearing and consults with individuals who seek transformation and awakening.

Please consider attending a talk or workshop, booking an individual reading, and/or setting up a space clearing.

Martha will be here for a limited time. Space clearings require at least 3 hours for completion, followed by a quiet, contemplative time in your home. The number of Space Clearings available are limited. We will schedule appointments first come, first serve. We look forward to hearing from you.

Free Talk

Thursday, January 14


Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Afternoon Workshop

Sunday, January 17



For more information, contact Tibetan House at info@tibetanhouse.com.


Wednesday evening at Tibetan House is dedicated to

discovering Buddhism.

Our ongoing class, Discovering Buddhism, will start up Wednesday evening, 7pm January 6th. We use a teaching modality that comes from FPMT, the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition. The inspiring 13-part DVD set contains engaging teachings on 13 topics, taught by eminent Tibetan lamas and experienced Western teachers. We will view 2 modules an evening.
Although it is best to view these 13 topics in order, you are welcome to drop in at any point. We repeat the cycle upon completion.

Throughout the year we will be having guest Buddhist teachers presenting their talks and teachings on Wednesday evenings. At these times the viewing of Discovering Buddhism will be put on hold.


Weekly Meditation and Dharma Practiceat Samten Choeling Dharma Center

Professor Ngawang Legshe has taught Tibetan studies and social work at neighboring Tulane University since 2005. Ngawang was ordained by HH the Dalai Lama and was a Buddhist monk for more than 20 years, receiving many gold medals at both the Seraje School, Sera Mahayana Monastic University and at Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies.

For more information about Professor Legshe, click on this site.


6:45pm – 8:00pm

7803 Nelson Street

Currently studying Lamrim text and Ornament of Clear Realizations.

Sitting Meditation on impermanence and compassion.

If you are interested in attending this class,

please contact Ngawang Legshe at (504) 723-1317


Films in JanuaryTibetan House screens documentary films about Tibet and Buddhism on Sunday evenings. Screenings begin at 7pm, suggested donation $5.
KundunSunday, January 10

In 1937, a two-and-a-half year old boy from a simple family in Tibet was recognized as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, and destined to become the spiritual and political leader of his people. Director Martin Scorsese brings to the screen the true story of the Dalai Lama. Told through the eyes of His Holiness, “Kundun” brings to life the account of the Dalai Lama’s early life, from childhood through the Chinese invasion of Tibet and his journey into exile.
View TrailerRunning time: 137 minutesBlessings:The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet

Sunday, January 24

In Tibet, the word for woman translates as “lower rebirth.” In a remote eastern region of the country, the Tsoknyi Nangchen nuns defy this definition. Devoted to the ancient practices of Tibetan Buddhism – once primarily a male domain – over 3,000 nuns have attained elevated status. Blessings explains the Tibetan Buddhist monastic system and the changing role of women within it.View TrailerRunning time: 100 minutes


An Evening with Anam Thubten

For those of you that came to see Anam Thubten at Tibetan House last year, you might be interested in viewing this teaching.
Friday, January 156pm CST$15 To Stream the Video Online

Click here to register

The focus of this evening retreat is to unburden ourselves from mental habits that cause unnecessary suffering and to realize our natural state, which is the inner dimension of peace, joy, and love. Anam Thubten invites everyone to experience this spiritual transformation through meditation practice and the timeless teachings of the Buddha.Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet, and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the U.S. and abroad. He is also the author of The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem.Through the essential wisdom of Buddhism and his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings and invites everyone to participate.


Events to look forward to:

  • February 28: The lovely Whitney Stewart will be offering meditation class for children.
  • March 6: Our dear friend Tsering Phuntsok will be arriving in New Orleans. He will be with us for awhile, giving talks on Wednesday evenings in March.
  • March 6 – 13: The wonderful Drepung Gomang monks will be here back in New Orleans. They will be doing a sand mandala at the Healing Center as well as other special events.


New Store HoursTuesday – Saturday10:00am – 6:00pm

And for those of you out of town…

if you want to purchase any items you see

through our website, newsletters or social media,

contact us at info@tibetanhouse.com.

We also have select items for sale at



Thank you!Thank you for all your wonderful support during the Christmas Holidays.We couldn’t do this without you.

Happy New Year!

Tagong, TibetPhoto taken by Gael Thompson

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