December 2018

December 2018

In the Spirit of the Holidays,we offer this quote from Shantideva:

“Whenever catching sight of others,

look upon them with an open, loving heart.”

— Shantideva

According to legend, Shantideva was greatly inspired by the celestial bodhisattva Manjushri, from whom he secretly received teachings and great insights. Yet as far as the other monks could tell, there was nothing special about Shantideva. In fact, he seemed to do nothing but eat and sleep. In an attempt to embarrass him, the monks forced Shantideva’s hand by convincing him to publicly expound on the scriptures.

To the amazement of all in attendance that day, Shantideva delivered the original and moving verses of the Bodhicharyavatara. When he reached verse thirty-four of the ninth chapter, he began to rise into the sky, until he at last disappeared. Following this, Shantideva became a great teacher.


Coming up at Tibetan House

  • Beautiful Gifts at Tibetan House
  • New Schedule for Sitting in Stillness Meditation Classes in January
  • Discovering Buddhism at Tibetan House
  • “Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form” (Heart Sutra) with the Venerable Dr. Thich Dong Tuyen
  • Dapon Will Ryken returns in December
  • Ayurveda for Women’s Health in January
  • Mindfulness for Kids Class Series with Whitney Stewart
  • Introductory Tarot Class with Lisa
  • Lama Lena returns in February


Beautiful Gifts at Tibetan House


New Schedule for Meditation Classes

at Tibetan House

Starting January 2019
Monthly Series of Sitting in Stillness Meditation Class
Beginning January, Tibetan House will be offering monthly series in Sitting in Stillness meditation practice. The first Thursday and Friday of every month will be an introductory class on Sitting in Stillness. The following Thursdays and Fridays of that month will be progressive practice, each class building on the previous class. You are welcome and encouraged to participate continually month to month. Drop-ins are welcome if you have previously participated in the instructional class. As a meditation practice rests on continuity and consistency, we encourage you to participate for as many months as you would like.

Thursday, January 3rd – 31st

7:00pm – 8:00pm

First Thursday: Introduction to Sitting in Stillness

Following Thursdays: Progressive Practice

$30 a month

Friday, January 4th – 25th

10:00am – 11:00am

First Thursday: Introduction to Sitting in Stillness

Following Thursdays: Progressive Practice

$30 month

Drop in: $10

Please Note

There will be no meditation classes in December


Discovering Buddhism at Tibetan House

Discovering Buddhism is a series of thirteen half hour teachings from Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Buddhism. Each segment contains engaging teachings taught by eminent Tibetan lamas and experienced Western teachers.

You are welcome to view these teachings on Saturdays during our business hours, 11:00am – 6:00pm.


Special Guest Teaching

“Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form”

(Heart Sutra)

with the Venerable Dr. Thich Dong Tuyen

Sunday, December 9

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Suggested donation $20

Our instructor for Buddhism from a Zen Perspective, Thich Thien Tri, is very excited to introduce his teacher to you. His teacher, Ven. Dr. Thich Dong Tuyen, is visiting from California and will be in New Orleans for 4 days. He will be at Tibetan House on Sunday, Dec 9th at 7pm.

About Ven. Dr. Thich Dong Tuyen

Ven. Dr. Thich Dong Tuyen, born in 1948 in Thua Thien, Vietnam. He is a highly accomplished scholar with degrees in History, Buddhist Studies and Philosophy.

Ven. Dr. Thich Dong Tuyen is a Standing Member of the Central Dhamma Executive Council of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha in US and other countries, the Abbot of Dai Bao Trang Nghiem Temple-California. He has given Dhamma lectures and presentations on Buddhism throughout the world including the United States, Canada, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, French and others.

For more information contact

Zen and Mind Family: or

Or Tibetan House: or (504) 897-9339


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 12

11:00am -1:00pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

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 for Kids

Ages 9 – 12

Thursdays, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

January 3, 10,17, 24, 31

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.

Introduction to Tarot

Led by Lisa

Saturday, January 26


Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas


What can the Tarot teach you about your life? How can you use the cards to give you the upper hand on your daily decisions?

Lisa will teach you how to key into messages from the Tarot. No matter what level you are,Tarot professional or just picked up the card, you’ll learn to have a better relationship with them. This two hour class will give you an overall look at some of the ceremony surrounding the Tarot while at the same time, demystifying it in order to make it a daily 21st century aid.

Course requirement: Tarot Card deck – Rider Waite Smith preferred.

About Lisa

Lisa comes from a long line of intuitives. Her biggest inspiration was her grandmother, who read cards, tea leaves, coffee grounds… you name it.

Lisa has many gifts as well. She is a clairaudient, claircognizant, clairsentient reader and energy healer. Lisa started reading Tarot cards when she gifted a deck some 30 years ago.

New Orleans born and bred, Lisa has read professionally in Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Maldives, among other places. Her clientele spans the globe and she reads mostly by phone.

Lisa’s spent her life in communications, whether it was producing TV, teaching college students, or training dogs. Her first love, however, is Tarot.

Lama Lena returns in February!

February 6 – 13, 2018

May all beings never be apart from the supreme blisswhich is free of all suffering!May all beings live in the great equanimityfree from the attachment and aversionthat keep some close and other distant!

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