November 2018

November 2018

Remembering the Open Sky

In October I had the privilege to tour northern India with Tibetan House’s dear friends, the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok and Neil Guidry. I was joined by seven fellow travelers who quickly became my good friends.

In fourteen short days we participated in a day of His Holiness’ teachings at his temple in McCleod Ganj. We met His Holiness’ Tibetan Doctor and learned about Traditional Tibetan Medicine. We hiked through beautiful farm country.

We spoke with Ama Adhe, a Tibetan elder who survived 25 years in a Chinese torture camp and has since dedicated her life to sharing her story and her compassion with the world.

We had a penetrating discussion with the amazing Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo at her monastery.

We toured the Norbulingka Institute, a center dedicated to training artists in the traditional Tibetan artforms.

In Tso Pema, we hung prayer flags on the top of a mountain and meditated in the sacred caves.

Our dear friend Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche shared with us a beautiful practice and teaching.

Each day was different but every morning we woke up and had guided meditation with Tsering la.

I learned and experienced so much. It feels like I received a special gift, one that I am still in the process of opening.

I’m thankful to Neil and Tsering La for inviting me to be a part of their 61st tour. I’m appreciative to Jamey Boudreaux and the Louisiana-Mississppi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for hosting this particular trip. And most of all, I’m grateful to Lha Charitable Trust and the Tibetan communities we visited who generously shared with us their time, their culture and their kindness.

Now, I’m back home and things are a little too busy in New Orleans but when I look up and see the big sky, I think of India and I smile.

Om Ah Hum :)

For more pictures from India, follow @tibetanhousenola and @mindfulindiatrips on Instagram.

Coming up at Tibetan House

  • New Singing Bowls, Tingshas, Incense and more!
  • Traditional Tibetan Medicine Workshops with Sorig Khang Bay Area
  • Red Tara Practice on Mondays in November
  • Dapon Will Ryken returns in December
  • Ayurveda for Women’s Health in January


New items have arrived!

New collection of singing bowls,

tingshas, incense, and more!

Visit us on

Small Business Saturday

November 24, 2018


Special Deals, Snacks, Wine!


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:

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:

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:

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:

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:


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:

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:
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.

Being Present with What Is:

A Spontaneous Evening with Will Ryken

Thursday, December 13


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:

Ayurveda for Women’s Health for a Vibrant New Year

Saturday, January 12th

11:00am -1:00pm

Fee $35

Join us for an empowering workshop designed to empower, inspire and celebrate women’s health, happiness and harmony at all stages of a woman’s life.

Ayurveda translates to “ life wisdom” and it is by exploring this ancient road map for optimal health and longevity that we are given the opportunity to deeply connect with the rhythms of Mother Nature to live a life filled with vibrancy, energy, balance and grace… through every stage of a women’s life.

This workshop will begin with a brief introduction to ayurveda, followed by simple, time tested, ayurvedic recommendations for optimal health for each stage of a woman’s life. We will discuss daily lifestyle routines, ayurvedic herbal remedies, essential oils and more. We will also address some of the specific health concerns that are unique to woman’s journey through life, including hormonal balance, as well as ways to address these health concerns naturally. This workshop is for women of all ages.

Bethany Cantin is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Therapist who brings a vibrant energy and a dedicated spirit to 18 years of inspiring others to deepen their connection to life. Bethany is recognized by NAMA ( National Ayurvedic Medical Association) as a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and has certifications from The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico,The Kerala Ayurveda Academy in California, Ayurvedagram in Bangalore, India and Kerala Ayurveda Academy in Cochin, India. She offers ayurvedic workshops, seasonal cleanses, private ayurvedic consultations as well as private yoga therapy sessions.

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

Cost: Free

Contact: 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.



In support of our friends at Mid-City Zen,

we’d like to share this with you.

There are only a few spots left!

Cultivating a Fierce and Gentle Heart:

A Zen Meditation Retreat

with Rev. Michaela O’Connor Bono

Date: Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 11, 2018

Location: Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center

204 South Clark Street, Magnolia, Mississippi 39652

In this retreat we will explore what it feels like to cultivate deep pointed awareness as well as spacious openheartedness. What is the balance between effort and effortlessness in meditation? How do we maintain discipline in meditation while allowing unconditional love to arise? Guided by the Six Perfections of generosity, ethics, patience, energy, concentration and wisdom, we will bring vigor into our meditation practice. We will also cultivate a sense of spaciousness which allows for a gentle and flexible heart and mind.

Reverend Michaela O’Connor Bono is a Zen Buddhist Priest, meditation teacher and the leader of Mid City Zen, a sangha in New Orleans, LA. She trained at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch Farm, both monasteries in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. She has served on the board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and was a founding member of Sakyadhita USA, a branch of the International Association of Buddhist Women. She is involved in prison meditation and interfaith work. She believes everyone has a mystic heart and loves sharing the practice of meditation, especially with those who think they are bad at it.

Don’t miss the opportunity to practice with this renowned priest, teacher, and practitioner!

Register today:

Registration Fee: $50

Deadline to Register: November 5, 2018


May all beings never be apart from the supreme bliss

which 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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