June 2018 Newsletter


June 2018

Summer Time Changes

Tibetan House Gift Shop will be Open

Fridays & Saturdays in June


Closed for all of

July & August

Meditation Classes will be Open

for Evening Classes Only in July and August

Our Buddhist teachings prepare us for change. Life is change, right? One of the three main causes of suffering in the Buddhist tradition is attachment coupled with desire! We want what we love about life to remain unchanged! And yet inevitably, there it is. Our adorable little ones become teenagers, a volcano buries all you have in molten lava. Just about anything could be right around the corner. Even when what we have is not what we want, or who we are is not who we want to be, we quietly cling to what we have, and who we have always been. We want things to be different but we don’t want to change. Perplexing, right?Yet change can be a wonderful incentive, and a wonderful experience. Lose some of our old ways, open to new ones. Time to evolve and discover what has not been possible. Let change be the opportunity to embrace what we have not known.So yes, my musings about change are because, once again, changes are coming to Tibetan House. The property next to us is being converted into a three story storage unit facility. The exterior design is quite nice, and will resemble the New Orleans style downtown brick buildings.The present structure will be torn down and construction for the new begins in July. It will be messy and noisy. On top of that, the section of street between us is being repaired. The street repair will take a full month.

Because of this we have decided to take an extended vacation: Tibetan House Gift Shop will be closed for July and August. Our Meditation Center will remain open, more or less. Morning classes will be suspended until September. Evening classes will continue through the months of July and August.
We appreciate your patronage. We will be back in September, renewed, refreshed, and ready to open our doors again. Please stay tuned!!! We have some great events and teachers coming in the fall!


Coming up at Tibetan House:

  • Basic Buddhist Meditation from a Zen Perspective
  • An Evening with Eric Rosenbush, L.Ac.: Ku Nye Tibetan Massage
  • Will Ryken returns to Tibetan House
  • Summer Sale
  • Chamtrul Rinpoche in the Greater New Orleans Area
  • Mind-Body-Spirit Based Relapse Prevention for Addictions
  • Fall 2018 preview: Ayurveda at Tibetan House
  • Photos from Drepung Gomang Monks’ 2018 Visit to New Orleans


Basic Buddhist Meditation from a Zen Perspective with Thich Thien Tri

Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri will be leading this 9-week course.

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

Saturday evenings, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

June 2 – July 28

Fee: $200

This class welcomes new participants for the first 3 weeks; registration remains open until June 16. If you have to miss a class, Thich Thien Tri will be happy to have a make up class with you.

To register, contact Tibetan House at 504 897 9339 or info@tibetanhouse.com

Location: Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Full course description can be found online.


Ku Nye Tibetan Massage &

External Therapies Trainings

with Sorig Khang Center for Tibetan Medicine

An Evening with Eric Rosenbush, L.Ac.

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.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


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.
VFW Building, 531 Lyons Street

Still time to Register!


Meditation with Will Ryken

Sunday, July 1, 7pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

It is a rare and wonderful privilege to sit with Will Ryken.
Will visits New Orleans every two months to sit with a gentleman on death row. We invited him to sit with us at Tibetan House whenever he is town, and he graciously accepted. This visit he will be speaking more directly about meditation and will lead us in a practice.
To sit with Will, chat with Will, be in the same room with Will, is guaranteed to brighten your perspective and lighten the depths of your being. This is so because Will simply ‘is’. He is a true testament to the teachings that he received from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Dapön Ryken became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in October 1972 and joined the Dorje Kasung in 1975, attending the 2nd Magyal Pomra Encampment in 1979. He became the personal attendant to Rinpoche, and spent thirty years in Boulder in association with Shambala.
Dapön Ryken now lives in Ruskin FL, along with his wife Paula Bickford, Kadö and their three dogs. Will and Paula are active members of the St. Petersburg Fl Shambhala Center and teach around the Shambhala world. This year Dapön Ryken was appointed a Shastri. Dapön Ryken is widely known and beloved around the Shambhala Mountain Center for his insight, wisdom and humor.
If you would like to know more about Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, check out this page from Shambhala:

Summer Sale

Jewelry by Nitesh &

other Handicraft Items

On Sale,

30% Off!

Friday, June 29 – Saturday, June 30.

Coming in July


Chamtrul Rinpoche in New Orleans

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.”

For more information about Chamtrul Rinpoche, visit his website: http://www.chamtrul-rinpoche.com

Topics for these dates to be announced.

Tuesday, July 24- Wednesday, July 25

Dzogchen and Vajrayana

Clearwater Sanctuary in Covington

For more information, contact:

info@clearwatersanctuary.org or (985) 630-1009

Thursday, July 26, 7pm-9pm

Topic to be announced

Mid-City Zen Center

3248 Castiglione Street

Friday, July 27, 7pm-9pm

Tong-Len: the Healing Power of Compassion

LHA Community Center

623 North Rendon

Saturday, July 28 – Sunday, July 29

Tonglen Teachings with Guided Meditation

LHA Community Center

623 North Rendon

Saturday, July 28, 11:00am-1:00pm & 3:00pm-5:00pm

Sunday, July 29, 11:00am-1:00pm

Monday, July 30, 6:45pm-8:00pm

Topic to be announced

Samten Choeling Dharma Center

For more information and to RSVP, contact:

Ngawang Legshe at (504) 723-1317


Coming in August


Mind-Body-Spirit Based

Relapse Prevention for Addictions

August – stay tuned for date announcement!

Fee for the workshop is $80.

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 of embodied 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.

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.


Coming Fall 2018

Ayurveda at Tibetan House

Ayurveda is a sister science to yoga that teaches us to live a vibrant and balanced life simply by staying in tune with the rhythms of nature. Ayurveda is primarily a preventative approach to optimal health and teaches us that food is medicine and that healthy, nutritional foods, along with disciplined self care, simple lifestyle changes and daily routines (called dinacharya) are the only “medicines” we need for a vibrant and healthy life.Ayurveda looks at the whole of life through the eyes of Mother Nature and sees that everything in nature is a unique blend of the five great elements: space, air (Vata), fire ( Pitta), earth, water (Kapha). Each human being has a precise combination of these elements, known as one’s prakruti. There is no such thing as “the average person” and taking the time to find out your prakruti, your unique blend of elements, is the first key to creating harmony and balance in your life.
About Bethany Cantin
Bethany Cantin is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and a Yoga Therapist who brings a vibrant energy and a dedicated spirit to 17 years helping others deepen their connection to life. Bethany offers private ayurvedic consultations here at FSY as well as ayurvedic workshops and seasonal ayurvedic cleanses . Bethany is recognized by NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) as a registered Ayurvedic Practitioner and has certifications from The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, Kerela Academy in California. She completed 2 internships in India at Ayurvedagram in Bangalore and Kerala Ayurveda Academy Hospital in Cochin.

Bethany is also the Director and Founder of The Yoga Foundation, a non-profit organization offering free yoga, meditation programs to the underserved to help foster empowerment, self reliance and self love. Visit NolaAyurveda.com for more information.

An Introduction to Ayurveda for

Vibrancy, Longevity & Optimal Health

Led by Bethany Cantin

Sunday, September 16


Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Cost $35

To register, contact Tibetan House: info@tibetanhouse.com

Ayurveda is a 5000 year old sister science to yoga which translates to “life knowledge”. Ayurvedic principles connect us to the daily rhythms of nature through proper seasonal diets, daily routines (called dinacharya) and simple lifestyle changes, which can increase your vibrancy, longevity and create greater joy and balance in your life.

In this hands-on workshop we will discuss the great elements of Vata (air/either), Pitta (fire/water), and Kapha (earth/water) and how they apply to the seasons, times of day, stages of life and to you as an individual.

We will determine your unique blend of these elements, known as your prakruti, and you will leave with seasonal dietary suggestions, daily routines, as well as suggestions for the best practices to balance your unique being.

Bring a notebook, a pen, and an open mind.

Ayurvedic 8 day Fall Cleanse

for Optimal Health and Longevity

Led by Bethany Cantin

Pre Cleanse meeting

Saturday, October 6, 11:00am-12:30pm

Fee $110

Cleanse Dates

October 14-21

Cleanse Wrap Up Meeting:

Saturday, October 20, 11:00am-12:30pm

To register, contact Tibetan House: info@tibetanhouse.com.

Ayurvedic cleanses are used for optimizing health and prolonging life by removing physical, chemical and mental impurities from your body to restore you to a balanced, healthier way of life.

Ayurvedic philosophy believes that food is medicine and that healthy, nutritional, seasonal foods, whole grains, healing spices, along with disciplined self-care are the only medicines we need for vibrant, healthy living.

Fall is an excellent time of year to create physical and mental optimal health and to connect with the rhythms of Mother Nature for rejuvenation, clarity and transformation.

We start with a 1.5 hour meeting a week prior to the cleanse start date to familiarize ourselves with the many details of the cleanse. I will provide everyone participating in the cleanse with an in-depth, 20 page manual that will detail every single aspect of the ayurvedic cleanse and this will be reviewed and handed out at the meeting.

In a nutshell, the cleanse is 8 days long and starts with a 3 day diet of whole grains, seasonal fruits veggies. This is followed by 3 days of a mono diet of “kitchari” which is a wonderfully healing, warm, deeply nutritional and cleansing dish of basmati rice, mung beans, spices and vegetables. We finish the cleanse with 2 days of a rejuvenation phase of slowly incorporating smart food choices back into your diet.

Daily rituals that balance and restore you (called dinacharya) are incorporated into every day of the cleanse.

I will send daily emails to everyone participating in the 8 day cleanse to support you in the process and to share additional ayurvedic wisdom that will deepen your experience each day. I will also be available to answer any questions you may have each day of the cleanse.

Please reach out with any questions to: Bethany@NolaAyurveda.com

If you have specific health concerns it is advisable that you see me for a private ayurvedic consultation before the cleanse starts.

Ayurvedic Consultations

An Ayurvedic consultation first answers the question, “What is your prakruti?” Through a series of questions, observations and pulse assessments we will determine the unique blend of the elements you were born with. We then take a look at your current lifestyle patterns, food preferences, daily and seasonal routines and we will evaluate your health on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. We will discuss your vikruti (current imbalances) and set smart and simple goals and encourage subtle changes to your diet and daily routines to bring you in the direction of true balance and harmony. Follow up consultations will assure you stay connected to the path.

Consultation fee: 1.5 hours $140


Thank you to the Drepung Gomang Monks!

You brought great joy to all the children,
teachers and parents at Newman School
Thank youIsidore Newman School
for your gracious support

Thank you

New Orleans Healing Center

for bringing the monks to Marigny

Thank you

Tsering Phuntsock
for being you! and translating for the monks

Thank you

to the generous folks that
prepared meals for the monks
To everyone who visited the Monks:Thank you for all your donations and purchasesfrom the Monks’ Marketplace.
The Sacred Art Tour raises funds to educate, feed, house and care for 2,000 monks, orphans, elderly and the needy.
All donations and proceeds go directly to the Monastery.

Dissolution at Mississippi River

May all beings never be apart from the supreme blisswhich is free of all suffering!

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