October 2018 Newsletter


October 2018

His Holiness Karmapa Encourages Us to

Face Ourselves

At a recent event, His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje was asked the following question:

“Your Holiness, what is stopping me from realizing my true nature, the Buddha nature?”

His Holiness’ response:

“Perhaps it is a lack of a sense of adventure that is holding us back from realizing our true nature. It is easy to get used to the mundane life, the daily routines. As a result, we don’t want to let go of our familiar atmosphere, the life that we are used to. We are missing a sense of adventure.

I think this is rooted in a deep fear: a fear of facing ourselves; a fear of knowing exactly who we are. It is almost like saying we fear looking at ourselves in the mirror and seeing our own reflections.

Of course, the trouble, or rather the challenge, comes from believing that the mundane elements of our lives somehow define who we are. The errors, the mistakes, the hardships and challenges that we have faced, can sometimes feel like they become a part of us. They hold us back, leaving their mark, sometimes even a sense of trauma. But these experiences are not part of our true nature. In fact, in some ways they can hold us back from seeing our true selves.

Over the years, this kind of habitual pattern can somehow make us not believe in our own true nature, and feel that it is just wishful thinking that our true nature is different – a hopeful dream! So, I think this is what we have to overcome.

So that’s why we have to have great courage, and be a bit stern – even a bit stubborn – to really face ourselves.

As practitioners, we will all be faced to some degree by the emotions, challenges and obstacles we experience in life. Without truly facing them, we will never ever realize our true nature.

When we really face ourselves, when we see our true reflections in the mirror, we see that the errors of this life are manifestations of none other than karma and klesha. We are then able to accept the way things are in quite an efficient way. It is almost as though we are tagging or categorizing our mundane experiences. Once we have somehow put them in their own places, we have nothing to see but ourselves and our true potential. This takes courage. It takes courage to face the fear of the past – to overcome the error of seeing our negative experiences as part of our true selves – but we need to do this in order to to help realize our true nature.”

The Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu, the largest sub-school of the Kagyu, itself one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

For more information on His Holiness Karmapa, click on these sites:


October at Tibetan House

  • Ayurvedic 8-day Fall Cleanse
  • Awakening Awareness Day Retreat
  • Singing Bowls Arriving Mid-October
  • Tulane Research Study Seeking Participants “The Effect of Mindfulness-Based Compassion Therapy on Pain and Mood Among Breast Cancer Survivors”
  • Help Build Tibet Coffee Shop in Dharamsala, India
  • Eva heads to India

Coming up in November

  • Traditional Tibetan Medicine Workshops with Sorig Khang Bay Area


Ayurvedic 8 day Fall Cleanse

for Optimal Health and Longevity

Led by Bethany Cantin

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.

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.

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


Awakening Awareness, One Day Retreat

Soothing the Influence of Stress and Anxiety

A day of practices that will benefit you in times of stress and anxiety, lack of sleep, heartache, overwhelm, deadlines, etc. All practices are easy to learn, easy to remember, easy to implement any time, any where. All you have to do is choose to do them! If you do them often, perhaps there will be less stress in your life and more health and well-being as you gain experiential know how of how stress and anxiety can deplete your body of energy.

Sunday, October 21

11:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Lunch break 1:00pm-2:00pm

Fee: $40

Pre-registration required as space is limited.

To register, contact Tibetan House

info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339

Retreat led by Gael Thompson, Co-owner of Tibetan House.

Gael is a practitioner of Inner Space Techniques, an experiential modality for evoking and exploring awareness beyond the limits of the ordinary mind. Gael is also a practitioner of NeuroKinetic Therapy, a bodywork modality that reestablishes neuromuscular integrity.



New Singing Bowls Arriving Mid-October

We are excited to welcome a new stock of small, medium and large singing bowls and tingshaws from Kathmandu, Nepal.


Mindfulness-Based Compassion Therapy Research

for Breast Cancer Survivors

This study aims to investigate the efficacy of mindfulness-based compassion therapy in managing pain, decreasing symptoms of anxiety and depression and improving quality of life among breast cancer patients.

Six Weekly 50 min. individual sessions of Mindfulness-Based Compassion Therapy AB Research design

Costs: minimum sliding fee/nobody will be turned away due to payment issues

Contact: nlegshe@tulane.edu or 504 723-1317

Principal Investigator: Ngawang Legshe, LCSW-BACS, Shastri

Doctoral Candidate at Tulane University School of Social Work

Ngawang Legshe, LCSW, Shastri is a social worker, psychotherapist and educator. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama and was a Tibetan monk for more than 20 years. He was a Kahn Buddhist fellow at Smith College with experience in teaching and practicing meditation and mindfulness across cultures.

Ngawang has extensive experience in treating children and adults with ADHD, chronic mental illness, mood disorders, PTSD, addiction, chronic pain and trauma. He has a strong interest in the clinical application of mindfulness, compassion and mind-training practices. He has conducted wellness workshops and retreats using Buddhist psychology and psychoanalysis. Ngawang is faculty member at Tulane University School of Social Work since 2005 and teaches a course on mindfulness and emotions at Loyola University.



Help Build Tibet Coffee Shop

Each donation makes a difference!
Students from the Tulane School of Social Work have established a fundraising campaign to help the Tibetan-operated organization, Lha Charitable Trust, open a coffee shop enterprise near their headquarters in Dharamsala, India. Proceeds from the coffee shop will serve as a sustainable funding source to help Lha Charitable Trust continue the important social services they provide to Tibetan refugees and other Himalayan peoples of this community.The location for the Tibet Coffee Shop is only steps away from The Dalai Lama’s home and Temple, which will lend a constant flow of international and local customers. The project will provide many economic benefits for the Tibetan refugee community through job creation, specialized skills training, space for local artists to promote their work, and an office to provide legal aid services to the refugee community.

The total project budget is $33,000 and $18,000 has already been pledged by the Macquarie Group of Sydney, Australia!

Your donation can help the students and Lha Charitable Trust reach their goal and implement this project! Click here to Donate!


Eva heads to India!

From Eva:

Tashi Delek from New Delhi!

I just arrived safely in New Delhi to assist with the Mindful India Trip’s tour, “Tibetan Perspectives on Living and Dying”, co-sponsored by the Louisiana/Mississippi Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.
I am joined by 7 folks, all from different places in the United States, who share a common interest in travel, caregiving and Buddhism. For 14 days we will be together learning about Tibetan culture through teachings with Tibetan community leaders and site visits to monasteries and social service organizations. On October 4, we are going to attend a teaching with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama at his Temple in Dharamsala, India!
In addition to the tour, I will be shopping for Tibetan House! I look forward to reconnecting with some of our favorite vendors and picking out new gifts to fill our shop. Just in time for the holiday season!

Needess to say, I am very excited!

To see updates from the trip, check out the Tibetan House Instagram or
Follow us at @tibetanhousenola.

Interested in coming to India on a similar trip?

Next year’s tours will be announced in January 2019!

Contact mindfulindiatrip@gmail.com for more information.


Traditional Tibetan Medicine Workshops

with Sorig Khang Bay Area

Join us November 29 – December 2 for meditations and workshops from the Tibetan medical and spiritual traditions, offered by Jason Whitlow from Sorig Khang Center for Tibetan Medicine! CEUs are pending for these programs.

The Five Elements in Health & Spiritual Practice

Talk & Guided Meditation with Jason Whitlow

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7–9 PM

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans

The five elements are the essential building blocks of the world around us, as well as of our body, subtle energy, and mind. Outwardly, we seek to balance the five elements to care for the environment and cultivate health and well-being, while inwardly, we seek to recognize their pure nature as light and wisdom. Join us for a talk, purification breathing practice, and guided meditation on the five elements according to the Tibetan medical and spiritual traditions!

This talk and practice is open to everyone.

Learn more & register at: bayarea.sorig.net/nola

Also streamed online.

Suggested Donation: $20

Medicine Buddha Healing Meditation with Jason Whitlow

Friday, November 30, 2018, 7–9 PM

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans

Join us for a guided meditation on the Medicine Buddha, the embodiment of perfect balance and healing wisdom, to harmonize the environment and eliminate the illness and suffering of ourselves and all who struggle. This profound and accessible practice from Tibetan master Ju Mipham Rinpoche uses mantra and visualization, the power of vibration and mind, to balance body, energy, mind, and the world around us, bringing health and well-being on all levels.

This practice is open to everyone.

Learn more & register at: bayarea.sorig.net/nola

Also streamed online.

Suggested Donation: $20

An Introduction to Tibetan Medicine:

Cultivating Health, Long Life, & Happiness

Workshop with Jason Whitlow

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10 AM – 6 PM

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans

Traditional Tibetan Medicine, known in Tibetan as Sowa Rigpa, is one of the oldest healing sciences on earth. It offers a vast medical knowledge that is accessible to everyone, and cultivates good health and long life together with a happy mind.
Tibetan Medicine offers a holistic, ecological view of health that considers the balance of our body, energy, and mind together with our interdependent relationship with other beings and the environment. It uses preventative and therapeutic methods customized to the unique traits of each individual, making it a truly personalized healthcare system.
In this workshop, we will explore the fundamentals of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, including its essential understanding of health and disease, its sophisticated assessment techniques, and its many practical healing methods including lifestyle and diet guidelines, herbal medicines, massage and external therapies, and healing breath and yoga practices.

This workshop is open to everyone, with no prerequisites.

Learn more & register at: bayarea.sorig.net/nola

CEUs are pending for these programs.

Tibetan Hormé Therapy: Soothing Stress, Relaxing Body, Calming Mind

Hands-on Workshop with Jason Whitlow

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 10 AM – 6 PM

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans

Hormé is one of the essential healing therapies described in the root texts of Tibetan Medicine. This safe, simple, and portable method uses warm herbal compresses and oil to unwind the nervous system, deeply relaxing and nourishing the body and mind.Hormé can be performed as a standalone therapy, or combined with other healing modalities such as acupuncture or massage. In the Tibetan medical tradition, Hormé is one of the superior remedies for stress, anxiety, and insomnia. It is also excellent for prenatal as well as postpartum care.In this hands-on workshop we will review the fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine, focusing on the function and disorders of the wind element. We will learn about the historical use of Hormé, as well as how to identify the types of people and conditions it can benefit. We will then study the points where Hormé can be applied, learn how to make the herbal compresses, and practice offering the therapy to each other.

This workshop is open to everyone. Students are encouraged to attend the Saturday workshop as well, especially if this is your first encounter with Tibetan Medicine.

Learn more & register at: bayarea.sorig.net/nola

CEUs are pending for these programs.

Workshop Fees

One Workshop:

Register by November 11: $120

Register after November 11: $150

Both Workshops:

Register by November 11: $200

Register after November 11: $270

Dakini Healing Mantra Practice & Feast

Guided Meditation with Jason Whitlow

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 6–7 PM

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans

Also streamed online.

On this auspicious Dakini Day, join us to chant the healing mantra of the five dakinis, the embodiment of enlightened feminine wisdom, power, and the pure forms of the five elements. This simple practice supports health and harmonizes the planet, and is dedicated to the empowerment of women worldwide. We will also offer a feast together in celebration — please bring food and drink to share!

This practice is open to everyone.

Learn more & register at: bayarea.sorig.net/nola


Continue Your Studies of Tibetan Medicine & External Therapies!

Students who wish to study Tibetan Medicine in depth are encouraged to attend the online Foundations of TTM workshops offered by Sorig Khang Center for Tibetan Medicine. The next training cycles start October 27–28, 2018, and in the spring of 2019. Learn more at: bayarea.sorig.net/foundations

Sorig Khang and Tibetan House will offer further Tibetan Medicine & External Therapies workshops in New Orleans in 2019 — please join our mailing list for updates!

About Sorig Khang

Sorig Khang is a nonprofit center offering programs in the study and practice of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and the related Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual lineage in the San Francisco Bay Area, New Orleans, and beyond. It is part of the Sorig Khang International network of Tibetan Medicine centers in over 50 countries around the world. Learn more at: bayarea.sorig.net

About Jason Whitlow

Jason studies, practices, and teaches Tibetan Medicine and the Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual lineage under the guidance of renowned Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, and directs Sorig Khang centers based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New Orleans. Jason graduated with honors from Harvard University, where he studied neurobiology, computer science, and pre-medicine, and has also trained in somatics and trauma recovery.

Want to learn more about the Tibetan Science of Healing?
Buy a copy of The Tibetan Book of Health by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang here at Tibetan House!We are also happy to offer Namkha Tibetan Herbal Remedies including Calming Point Oil, for quelling stress, anxiety, and runaway thoughts, Warming Massage Oil, for grounding and nourishing the body and mind, and Cooling Massage Oil, for soothing inflammation, skin irritation, and muscle fatigue.



May all beings never be apart from the supreme blisswhich is free of all suffering!May all beings live in the great equanimity

free from the attachment and aversion

that keep some close and other distant!

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