May 2018 Newsletter


May 2018

May your Day be filled with

Peace and Blessings,

Causeless Joy and Loving Kindness

Commitment to Compassion
I choose to make a commitment to compassion,Motivated by the wish to promote happiness

and reduce suffering of all beings,

may my actions of body, speech, and mind

reflect justice, respect and equality.

May I work to reduce violence, exploitation and

prejudice at the personal, local and global levels.

May I connect with all humanity

in protecting our plaent

and the diversity of life it supports.

The month of May in New Orleans brings with it the remembrance of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, his presence of Big Heartedness and Joy, as he graced our city and surroundings with Peace and Blessings. Always grateful that he came to visit us.Many folks that come to Tibetan House share their stories of having met His Holiness, of being close to him as he walks by, or simply of having been in his presence. That moment remains in all of us as if it had just occurred, or perhaps as if it is continually occurring. All stories are spoken with a serene smile, a light in the eyes and, inevitably, laughter. His presence touches us, and the touch is truly everlasting, as it seems to cut through the confusion and challenges that cross our paths.

This May of 2018 comes with a few blessings of its own. Our dear and wonderful friend, the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, is here with us now. We have events planned with him, and he is always available for a personal session. Please check his schedule in the newsletter.

The Drepung Gomang Monks will also be here. It is always such a joy to have them in New Orleans. This year their visit is only for a week and we have several public appearances planned for them. Please check their schedule in the newsletter.

Tsering Phuntsok and the Drepung Gomang Monks, 2017

This month at Tibetan House:

  • Smoke Puja with the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok
  • Dharamsala Trip Alumni Reunion
  • Mindful Me: Book Launch & Meditation Session for Youth, ages 9-11
  • Chöd Ceremony with the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok
  • Applied Meditation Practices: A Taoist Approach
  • Visit Tsering Phuntsok at Tibetan House
  • SoulCollage, Workshop with Catherine Williams
  • Sacred Arts Tour of the Drepung Gomang Monastery in New Orleans
  • Basic Buddhist Meditation from a Zen Perspective
  • Mind-Body-Spirit Based Relapse Prevention for Addictions
  • Sorig Khang Bay Area Center presents Ku Nye Tibetan Massage & External Therapies Trainings

 

Smoke Puja with the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok

Wednesday May 9

6:00pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas St

Every year we look forward to our annual Smoke Puja officiated by the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, our very dear friend from India and Nepal. Simply explained, a Sang puja, or smoke puja, is a ritual of purification, clearing away stale and stuck energies, in yourself, in the environment, in the general state of affairs. It can be described as clearing of impurities in the midstream of those attending the offering. In truth, the depth of purpose of the Smoke Offering, or the Pure Offering, is far-reaching.

According to Sogyal Rinpoche:

Riwo Sangchö means ‘An unceasing offering to the mountain gods’, but it is much more than that. It is a practice of generosity and offering that frees your heart and inspires your generosity to others. It is a practice of prosperity that also brings you confidence. It is a practice of healing through which you repay all your karmic debts and heal your relationships. Riwo Sangchö is also practice of purification in which all your obscurations are purified and burned away in the sang offering. You purify the outer pollution (environmental degradation, disharmony, and physical sickness); You purify the inner pollution (negative emotions, blockages in your channels and imbalances in our energy) ; You purify the secret pollution (fundamental ignorance). Riwo Sangchö is also and especially a practice that enhances your energy and your lung ta, thus making your rigpa more vivid to you.

Please explore these websites for a more comprehensive understanding of what occurs when we join together with Tsering in the Smoke Offering.

 

Dharamsala Trip Alumni Gathering

Tibetan women of Dharamsala.

Wednesday, May 9

6:00pm-8:00pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

In an effort to strengthen the community built around the annual India trips, we invite everyone who has traveled to Dharamsala with one of the annual groups from Tulane, Loyola, Ochsner or LMHPCO to come together for an alumni reunion. We plan to organize an annual gathering when folks can reconnect with classmates and network with like-minded professionals.

This evening will include a Puja led by Tsering Phuntsok and a brief presentation on the impact of 15 years of India trips from Louisiana. Perhaps we’ll also brainstorm on ways to continue to serve the Tibetan community in exile.

Food and drinks provided. Feel free to contribute if you are so inclined!

In addition to past participants, anyone attending a trip this year OR interested in joining one of the trips in the future is WELCOME to attend!

Help spread the word!

Invite to the event on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/283448408857858/

Email info@tibetanhouse to receive an e-flyer that can be forwarded to your contacts.

 

Mindful Me

Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids

A new book by Whitney Stewart

Book launch and meditation practice

for youths 9 – 12 years of age

Saturday, May 12

11:00am-12:00pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Whitney Stewart, New Orleans’ own, will be with us at Tibetan House to launch her new book, ‘Mindful Me’, written for nine to twelve year olds, and an inspiration for all ages. Whitney is also the author of ‘Mediation is Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids’ and ‘Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, focus and calm, a set of 50 colorful cards. Please come and meet Whitney, bring your kids aged nine to twelve, and experience a mindfulness practice.
About Mindful MeSometimes kids’ lives can get busy and out of control, and worries can take over. When that happens, knowing how to pause and regain composure with mindfulness can help! This easily digestible guide introduces kids to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. With over 30 breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises, including stepby-step instructions, readers will have an entire toolkit at their disposal, and writing prompts will help them process their discoveries.

In the activity book, kids will learn to settle their thoughts and look inward through a series of fun writing prompts, games, and meditation exercises. Serving as a guide to reflect upon the lessons learned in Mindful Me, it offers kids a place to record their reflections, creating a tangible account of how far they’ve grown in their meditation practice.

About Whitney Stewart

Whitney Stewart will travel far for a story. She’s trekked in the Himalaya with Sir Edmund Hillary and visited remote Buddhist monasteries in Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar, and Japan. She’s interviewed Nobel laureates, sat for days in meditation retreats, and even been a puppeteer and salad chef in France. She is the author of travel stories, multiple children’s books, and when she is not writing or traveling, she teaches mindfulness and meditation to children.

Chöd Ceremony

with The Venerable Tsering Phuntsok

Tuesday May 15

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas St

My first experience of the Chöd practice was on a bayou in Atchafalaya Basin. Setting up for the practice began predawn. As Tsering began the hauntingly beautiful practice of Chöd , we watched the mist on the bayou as the sun slowly brought a golden light into the morning.

I have read so many descriptions of this practice. I have heard it practiced many, many times while traveling in India and Nepal. There is no simple, easy way to translate the experience into an explanation. The Tibetan word Chöd translate into ‘to sever’. In context of this practice, it is to sever the ego and is most commonly referred to as ‘Cutting Through the Ego’.

Thank you, Tsering for sharing this powerful practice with us.

If you feel inclined, investigate these sites. There are many others. There are also youtube videos.

 

Applied Meditation Practices

A Taoist Approach with Stephen Josephs, Ed.D.

and guest, Jose Calderon-Abbo, M.D.

Wednesdays, May 16, 23 & 30

7:00pm-9:00pm

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Course fee: $60

This 3 module course looks at meditation as a pathway to feeling fully alive in the midst of life challenges. What are normally considered hinderances can, in fact, be gateways to our ever expanding experience of awareness. The practices you will learn are designed to deepen and stabilize your meditation.In three successive sessions, we will learn specific sets of meditative skills that we will apply to 1) Pain reduction, 2) Unwanted behaviors and thoughts, and 3) The Paradox of Goal Achievement.

You may recognize this approach to inviting, accepting, and embracing all experience as characteristically Taoist in flavor. It is. Yet its principles are not only consistent with non-dual teaching from many traditions, but with recent discoveries in neuroscience.

To quote Lao Tzu:

…And whether a man dispassionately

Sees to the core of life

Or passionately

Sees the surface,

The core and the surface

Are essentially the same,

Words making them seem different

Only to express appearance.

If name be needed, wonder names them both:

From wonder into wonder

Existence opens.

- Witter Bynner translation (used with permission)

The sessions are meant to build on each other in succession but will be valuable as individual sessions, as well.

Stephen Josephs,Ed.D. has practiced meditation and various mind-body disciplines for over 50 years. This includes Taoist “water method” meditation – a method of systematic dissolving of blocks while in a state of non-dual awareness. He has been an executive coach for over 37 years. He co-authored Leadership Agility, a study of how leaders mature in their roles and how maturation affects their capacity to lead. This evolution for executives all comes down to “getting over yourself,” and meditation is offered to leaders as a cure for self-importance. As Lao Tzu would say of a sound man and a leader, “By never being an end in himself, he endlessly becomes himself.”
Jose Calderon-Abbo, M.D. is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, with an additional certification in mind-body medicine. He is a long time Vipassana practitioner, and mind-body medicine group facilitator. Dr. Calderon is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry with LSU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Clinical faculty at Tulane University, and is the Medical Director of the New Orleans Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He is Senior Faculty at the Center for Mind- Body Medicine in Washington DC. where he conducts national and international trainings and supervision in mind-body medicine skills for the general public, healthcare providers and the department of defense. He is developing and studying an emergent model for relapse prevention and mental health care combining neurosciences, mind-body medicine, and functional medicine for mental health, wellness, and addictions.Dr. Calderon is the host of Whole Body Mental Health Radio, a radio show that thinks broadly about mental health and addictions, from the mind-body connection and genetics, to the community and the world! This program airs on WHIV, 102.3 FM, on Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm-8:00pm. The archive is available on itunes.

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

Venerable Tsering Phuntsok at Tibetan House

Thursday, May 17

11:00am-6:00pm

This photo of our dear friend, the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, brings so much joy to my heart!!! I think his smile brings joy to anyone who meets him. We are so happy he is here with us again.

Tsering will be at Tibetan House all day Thursday, May 17th, 11am – 6:00pm. If you have not met him, please come in and do so. If you have met him, he will be very happy to see you.

Tsering is available for private sessions. You can schedule an astrology readings, or a sitting, or have a question/answer discussions.

Drop in or make an appointment to visit with him.

To connect with Tsering, contact Tibetan House: info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339.

 

SoulCollage Workshop with Catherine Williams

Sunday, May 20

12:45pm-5:30pm

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Cost: $40

Please be prompt, doors lock at 1pm

SoulCollage® is an engaging process of making 5″x8″ collage cards. Different than traditional collage, the images come together in ways that may surprise you, each card reflecting an aspect of your personality.

​This creative process offers a way of making meaning beyond the world of words through colors and images that appeal to you.

Created by Seena Frost, SoulCollage® has evolved as a way to deepen your connection to self and your own purpose in this world, using images that intuitively call to you.

Eventually you’ll have a deck of personal wisdom cards, created through the knowing guidance of your intuition. Then through an interactive process of ”reading” the card, you will find it offers access to a place of wisdom and kindness in yourself. From this place come messages from your Self to your self, timely and affirming.

About Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams has been a SoulCollage® facilitator since September 2011. With a Master’s Degree in Drama Therapy, she has led workshops for over 20 years combining art, movement and drama therapy. She is certified as a teacher of the Enneagram in the narrative tradition.

Drepung Gomang Monks in New Orleans

May 21-28

The Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India

We are overjoyed that the monks of the Sacred Art Tour of Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India will be with us for the end of May. The Sacred Art Tour is committed to preserving the Tibetan Culture, Traditions and Religions.

Thursday, May 24, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Vajrasattva Purification Puja

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Saturday, May 26, 12:00pm-5:00pm

12:00pm-5:00pm Tibetan Goods Market

1:00pm Puja for World Peace & Healing

4:00pm Snow Lion Dance

New Orleans Healing Center

2372 St Claude Avenue

Sunday, May 27 at 5:00pm

Puja for World Peace & Healing

The Fly at Audubon Park

Look for us on Riverview Drive at the far end

of Audubon Park. Behind the Zoo.

We will be at the end on the left.

About the Monastery:

“Drepung Gomang Monastic University is one of the most reputed centers (the three great seats: Drepung, Gaden and Sera) for learning, contemplating and practicing Tibetan Buddhist thoughts and science notably known as the second Nalanda University in Tibet. As prophesied in Langsheg Sutra by Lord Buddha: When once Nagaraja Madhopa pledged Lord Buddha with a white conch, Lord Buddha handed it over to Maugalayana, one of his two closest attendants who possessed transcendental miracle-power, with blessed and instructive decree to take it to Gogpa Ri (Garlic Hill) at Gaden in Tibet and hide it there in the hill. It adds that in the future the Bhiksu of Lotus-purity in nature would unearth it and it would thereafter be used as Tsogdhung, to be blown as the signaling medium for gathering to spiritual congregation …..”

- H.E. 80th Abbot /Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Gyaltsen

The Sacred Art Tour is also a fundraising venture for the Monastery:

“This monastery solely survives on the donations, contribution and prayer offering and every single fund helps us a lot in taking care of our monks here.

We conveys our sincere thank you to kind donors, sponsors, well wishers for their continuous support which has made this monastery to survive here in exile.

We sincerely appeal everyone to continue kind support towards this monastery and will understand if you are unable to do so. We thank you all once again and will include you all in our daily prayers.”

http://drepunggomang.org/test-tour-page/326-sacred-art-tour-2017-2018

Basic Buddhist Meditation from a Zen Perspective with Thich Thien Tri

Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri, Thay, will be leading this course. He graduated from Vietnamese Buddhist Association with a Bachelor of Arts in Buddhism. Since his arrival in the USA in 2002, Thay has taught in many US cities. In July 2015, he was invited by Van Hanh Buddhist Center of New Orleans to establish ’Zen and Mind Family’.

This course is progressive, each class building on the previous class. You will be introduced to these practices:

• Four Noble Truths

• Six Senses and the objects of Six Senses

• Sitting, standing, walking meditation

• Chanting

• Mani Mantra

We are offering two opportunities for this course:

Saturday evenings, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

May 19 – July 14.

Fee: $200

Pre-registration is required: contact Tibetan House at 504 897 9339 or info@tibetanhouse.com

Location: Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas St.

If you have to miss a class, Thich Thien Tri will be happy to have a make up class with you.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate and graduate to the next level.

Please let us know if you would like to participate! We need five participants for the course to take place!

 

Coming in June!

 

Ku Nye Tibetan Massage & External Therapies Trainings at Tibetan House

With Sorig Khang Center for Tibetan Medicine

We are excited to announce a series of ongoing trainings in Tibetan Massage and External Therapies, starting June 15–19 in New Orleans!

Public Talk with Eric Rosenbush, L.Ac.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

7:00pm–9:00pm

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans

Streamed online at: bayarea.sorig.net/online

Ku Nye Tibetan Massage Level 1

with Eric Rosenbush, L.Ac.
June 15–19, 2018
VFW Building, 531 Lyons Street
Register by May 20 to receive a 20% discount!
Massage & Acupuncture CEUs pending.
Learn more & register at: bayarea.sorig.net/nola
Ku Nye is the therapeutic massage practice of the holistic healing science of Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Based on the five elements and three humors, it offers methods to balance specific ailments and harmonize the innate constitution.
In this training you will learn:
• Fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine
• Client assessment
• Indications & contraindications
• Preparation & use of herbal oils
• Body mobilization
• Application of heat & cold
• Techniques for tissues, channels, & points
Beneficial for health practitioners & the public:
• Doctors & nurses
• Massage therapists
• Acupuncturists
• Yoga instructors
About Eric Rosenbush, L.Ac.
Eric Rosenbush, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Tibetan, Chinese, and Ayurvedic medicine and Jyotish Vedic astroscience. He teaches worldwide as a senior Sorig Khang International instructor.
About Sorig Khang
Sorig Khang offers study & practice programs in Tibetan Medicine & the related Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual lineage under the guidance of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang.
Sorig Khang
Center for Tibetan Medicine
+1 (415) 842 4862
After Ku Nye Level 1, continue training in additional Tibetan External Therapies:
• Ku Nye Tibetan Massage Level 2
• Channels & Points in Tibetan External Therapies
• Hormé Mongolian Oil Therapy
• Mébum Cupping Therapy
• Métsa (Moxibustion) Heat Therapy
• Yukchö Stick Therapy
• Lum Bath, Steam, & Compress Therapy
Expand your studies of Tibetan Medicine via the Foundations of TTM program:
• Learn the fundamentals of TTM theory
• Train in diagnostic techniques including:
• Pulse reading
• Urine analysis
• Train in treatment methods including:
• Lifestyle guidelines
• Diet regimens
• Herbal medicines
Many modules can be attended online!

 

Mind-Body-Spirit Based

Relapse Prevention for Addictions

June 6,13, 20, 27

Wednesdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Fee for the workshop is $80.

Proceeds will go to support Tibetan House New Orleans, and the Whole Body Mental Health Radio podcast.

Wanting, aversion, and confusion are at the core of many unskillful behaviors including addictions. Entering and sustaining recovery often requires skillful use of psychological, behavioral and ethical/spiritual tools.
This is a 4-week workshop for those wanting to learn or modify skills to sustain sobriety from chemical or behavioral addictions. This workshop teaches mindfulness, mind-body medicine, and cognitive behavioral skills to support your practice and complement any other form of addiction treatment, 12-steps, SMART recovery, or Refuge Recovery work you may be doing. Selective mind-body skill may include gentle mindful movements and other forms ofembodied mindfulness practices, meditation, imagery, cognitive behavioral skills and other.

Participants are required to attend all 4 sessions, come to sessions sober, and commit to practice between sessions.

To register please contact Tibetan House, info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339.

Registration deadline is Monday, June 4.

About Jose Calderon-Abbo, M.D.

Dr. Calderón is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, with an additional certification in mind-body medicine. He is a long time Vipassana practitioner, and mind-body medicine group facilitator. Dr. Calderon is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry with LSU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Clinical faculty at Tulane University, and is the Medical Director of the New Orleans Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He is Senior Faculty at the Center for Mind- Body Medicine in Washington DC. where he conducts national and international trainings and supervision in mind-body medicine skills for the general public, healthcare providers and the department of defense. He is developing and studying an emergent model for relapse prevention and mental health care combining neurosciences, mind-body medicine, and functional medicine for mental health, wellness, and addictions.
Dr. Calderon is the host of Whole Body Mental Health Radio, a radio show that thinks broadly about mental health and addictions, from the mind-body connection and genetics, to the community and the world! This program airs on WHIV, 102.3 FM, on Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm-8:00pm. The archive is available on itunes.

 

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