September 2018 Newsletter


September 2018

An Audience with His Holiness:

Spontaneity of Pure Joy

“Feeling blessed after an incredible meeting with

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

and the 2018 Tulane Social Work Group.

A beautiful August full moon morning.”

– Neil Guidry

What an inspiring series of photos that our dear friend Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche posted on Facebook. Mostly for the pure joy it expresses of being in the presence of His Holiness Dalai Lama, and the story it tells. Perhaps the student here asked a question. This is the moment when something more powerful than words is passed. A true connection to the teachings and the teacher has occurred. Everyone here benefitted from this spontaneous moment. And we are able to experience it simply by seeing this progression of photos, the delight of everyone present, His Holiness reaching out to the student.It’s also a bit of a story of how Tibetan House came to be. Neil Guidry is in the far left top corner, Ron Marks on the far right in the first photo, Caroline Weaver is there next to Ron, but you can’t see her, our wonderful friend the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok and of course, Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche, with His Holiness holding his hand. It is because of these folks, and a few special others, that His Holiness came to New Orleans in 2013. It’s because of these folks that Diana and I were inspired to create Tibetan House.

Every summer and into fall, there are scheduled trips to Dharamsala led by Neil Guidry, the founder of the Louisiana Himalaya Association.

There are a couple spots still open in the upcoming October group which will also be receiving teachings from the Dalai Lama in His Main Temple in Dharamsala, India.

If you are interested in joining this group trip, Sept 28 – Oct 12,


Coming Up at Tibetan House

  • Being Present with What Is: A Spontaneous Evening w/ Will Ryken
  • Mindfulness for Kids Classes with Whitney Stewart
  • Meditation Classes in September – Evenings Only
  • An Introduction to Ayurveda for Vibrancy, Longevity & Optimal Health
  • 10 Minutes for Peace
  • Tibetan House Gift Store Re-Opens

Coming up in October

  • Ayurvedic 8-day Fall Cleanse for Optimal Health and Longevity


Being Present with What Is:

A Spontaneous Evening with Will Ryken

Saturday, September 8


Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

It is a wonderful opportunity 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.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:


Mindfulness for Kids

Ages 9 – 12

Thursdays, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

September 13, 20, 27, & October 4, 11

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

$100 per child, for five weeks. Included in the price is Whitney Stewart’s Mindful Me Activity Book, for use in class and at home.

Class Description

Sometimes 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 class introduces kids (ages 9 – 12) to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. With breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises, kids will have an entire toolkit at their disposal. Kids will learn to settle their thoughts and look inward through a series of fun writing prompts, games, and meditation exercises.

Author Bio

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 the Dalai Lama, sat for days in meditation retreats, and even been a puppeteer in France. She is the author of multiple children’s books, and when she is not writing or traveling, she teaches mindfulness and meditation to children.

To register for the five-week session, please contact Tibetan House: or (504) 897-9339.


Meditation Classes in September

Evenings Only

No morning classes due to construction next door to Tibetan House.

Sitting In Stillness: Introduction to Meditation PracticeTuesdays at 7pm

At the heart of a sitting practice is the aspiration to shift into an awareness that is other than the activity of the worldly mind, an awareness that connects us with our deeper Self. It is an awareness that can awaken big heartedness and loving kindness, bringing a sense of freedom, enthusiasm, serenity and reflection to our lives. Meditation is cumulative. The challenge is maintaining it. The rewards are profound, long reaching and full of wonder.

Fee: $10 drop-in/$30 for 30 days

Please arrive 5-10 minutes early. Doors close promptly at 7:00pm.

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:

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.


10 Minutes for Peace

Friday, September 21


Sit from home, at work, or join us at Tibetan House!

Commit to 10 minutes of silence and stillness for world peace on Sept. 21st. Click here to sign up!

Participate from wherever you are! Simply send back an image or video demonstrating your participation. You’ll be aligning with millions of people around the world in a synchronized experience starting at 9a Los Angeles, 12p Washington D.C., 6p Paris, 9:30p New Delhi, 12a Beijing.

We’re living in a world of increasing division and strife. Now, more than ever, we need to craft a new narrative for our collective future that is based in our inherent unity as a global community.

10 Minutes for Peace is a coalition of organizations, corporations, and individuals demonstrating the power of humanity coming together as ONE to create a world of greater peace and prosperity.

We’re creating the largest synchronized moment of silence in history on Sept. 21st, 2018 that will include millions of people from every nation, religion, age, profession and background.

This experience is intended to inspire collective actions creating positive transformation in the months and years to come. Please join us!


Tibetan House Gift Shop Re-Opens

Tibetan House Gift Shop will re-open Friday, September 7.

Come see us Fridays & Saturdays, 11:00am-6:00pm.

New Shipment of Singing Bowls

and Full Moon Singing Bowls

Arriving Soon!



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:

Please reach out with any questions to:

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.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.

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



The Temple Of Three Long Life Buddhas

White Tara, Amitayus and Namgyalma (Ushnisha Vijaya)at Chokling Gönpa, Bir, India.

Photo by Ngakpa Karma Lhundrup Rinpoche

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

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