February 2019


February 2019



May all your Wishes be swiftly accomplished,

all your obstacles dispelled.

May there be peace and harmony in the world.

Let us recognize that we are all ONE HUMAN FAMILY


Written by Ngapka Karma Lhundup

upon sincere request by my dear Friend Gael Thompson.

Celebrate Losar with Lama Lena

at LHA Community Center


This year’s Losar, the Tibetan New Year, celebrated on the first day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar, February 5, marks the beginning of the auspicious year of the Female Earth Pig, Tibetan year of 2146, 2019 for us.

With its roots in a winter incense burning custom of the Bon religion of pre-Buddhist Tibet, Losar celebrates the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. Tenzin Wangyal, a teacher of Bon Tibetan religious tradition and author of many books, speaks about his experience of Losar.

“During Losar, we went to the local spring to perform a ritual of gratitude. We made offerings to the nagas, the water spirits who activated the water element in the area. We made smoke offerings to the local spirits associated with the natural world around us. Beliefs and behaviors like ours evolved long ago. Our way of relating to the elements originated in the direct experiences by our sages and common people of the sacred nature of the external and internal elements. We call these elements earth, water, fire, air, and space.”

Wikipedia offers this description: In Tibet, various customs are associated with the holiday: Families prepare for Losar some days in advance by thoroughly cleaning their homes; decorating with fragrant flowers and their walls with auspicious signs painted in flour; and preparing cedar, rhododendron, and juniper branches for burning as incense. Debts are settled, quarrels are resolved, new clothes are acquired, and special foods such as kapse (fried twists) are made. A favorite drink is chang (barley beer) which is served warm.

We will be celebrating the first day of Losar with Lama Lena at the LHA Community Center. If you would like to partake, come bearing food and offerings, and joy in your heart.

Coming Up at Tibetan House

  • Lama Lena Teachings in Louisiana
  • Mardi Gras Schedule at Tibetan House
  • Apocolypse Ball to Benefit Clean Water for Tibetan Refugees
  • Studying the Buddha Way with Rev. Michaela O’Connor Bono
  • Monastic Life Presentation
  • Tsering Phuntsok returning to New Orleans!
  • Save the Date: Vision Fest is on March 31st
  • Meditation Class at Tibetan House

Lama Lena Teachings in Louisiana

February 5 – February 12, 2019

Lama Lena (Yeshe Khaytup)

Lama Lena has engaged in traditional Buddhist study and practice for over 40 years. Her experiences include 30 years of traveling with and translating for the Venerable Wangdor Rinpoche, whose lineage in both Dzogchen and Chagchen she holds. Additionally, she completed a 7 year cave retreat in Tso Pema, India.Traveling internationally, she teaches in a direct, informal style, blending earthy wit with compassion and incisive clarity. Currently, when not teaching, Lama Lena divides her time between home in the San Francisco Bay Area and India, continuing to assist Ven. Wangdor Rinpoche, and providing medical assistance, as a Doctor of Chinese Medicines, to the Tibetan refugee community, local villagers, and mountain tribe people.

Teaching Schedule

Tuesday, February 5


Lunar New Year: Losar Gana Puja

(Please bring a dish or drink to share – blessing begins at 6:30pm)

LHA Community Center

623 N Rendon Street

New Orleans


Wednesday, February 6


“12 links of dependent origination. AKA “Original Oops”. (no sin was involved.)”

Clearwater Sanctuar


Contact: info@clearwatersancturay.org or (985) 630-1009


Thursday, February 7


The Will of the Ego and the Will of the Spirit

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

New Orleans


Friday, February 8


Buddhist Practices for Awakening into Mindfulness

LHA Community Center

623 N Rendon Street

New Orleans

Saturday, February 9

11:00am-1:00pm and 3pm-5:00pm

Green Tara Practice – Cultivating the Feminine

LHA Community Center

623 N Rendon Street

New Orleans

Sunday, February 10


Fire Puja /blessing ceremony at 4:30pm

Sacred Tara Dance/ Group Performance at 6:00pm

LHAA Community Center

412 Lafayette Street



Monday, February 11


Relaxing into the Openness of Mind: Tibetan Buddhism (Dzogchen and Mahamudra)

Camélia House

708 Jefferson Blvd



Tuesday, February 12


“Relaxing into the Openness of Mind”

Mid City Zen Center

3248 Castiglione Street

New Orleans

The Dharma cannot be sold or have a price put on it. In accordance with Tibetan custom, there is no “door fee” for Lama’s teachings. Rather, it is appropriate to make an offering based on what you can manage and the value the teachings have for you. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Offer what you can, if you can.

For more information about the teachings, contact Tibetan House: info@tibetanhouse.com

Mardi Gras Schedule for Tibetan House

Due to Uptown parades lined up on Tchoupitoulas and preparations for the Apcolypse Ball, Tibetan House will be closed early on Friday and all day Saturday during the last two weeks of Mardi Gras.

Friday, February 22


Saturday, February 23


Thursday, February 28

No evening meditation class

Friday, March 1

Closed at 2:00pm

Saturday, March 2


Happy Carnival!
See you in the streets!

The Apocolypse Ball is Here!

Hosted by the Krewe of the Apocolypsein support of Tibetan Refugee Communities in India

What is puppetry?

It’s breathing life into an inanimate object; it’s telling a story that’s never been told; it’s a carnival.

It’s your imagination, unbound, exploring new ways of living, new ways of understanding, new ways of having fun.

This Carnival season, we encourage you to free your heart, open your mind, and unleash the puppet inside for…

Apocolypse Ball 2019

No Strings Attached:

Liberate Your Puppet

Featured entertainment includes:

Sam Price & the True Believers, Ashley Beach & the Odd Ditties, Psychadelic Shadow Puppet Show in the Buddha Lounge, Brazilian samba procession led by Bloco Sereia. Special Mardi Gras Puppet Show by Miss Pussycat ! Plus breathtaking puppet creations by Pandora Gastelum of The Mudlark Theater, the amazing Sierra Kay and a growing list of local puppeteers.

Tickets to the Apocolypse Ball can be purchased at Tibetan House or by contacting aBallKrewe@gmail.com.

Full Costumes Mandatory. Must be 21 and over.

The Apocolypse Ball is a Fundraiser for Clean Water

Many of the Tibetan refugee communities in northern India have unclean, poor quality water supply systems coupled with poor and often overflowing sewage systems, a recipe for disease.

With the support of generous donors and the help of our Tibetan partners at LHA Charitable Trust in Dharamsala India, 25 water filtration systems have now been installed in schools, monasteries and nunneries. Clean drinking water is now provided for more than 10,000 people. Lha Charitable Trust carries out hygiene education programs at these and other locations as we continue to maintain the water filtration systems. Maintenance and filter replacements cost only $212 per system annually.

For the price of a $25 ticket to the Apocolypse Ball,you are helping9 individuals access clean drinking waterfor an entire year!
27 Clean Water Systems are currently installed andprovide clean water to over 10,000 peoplefor an entire year!

The Krewe of the Apocolypse seeks to raise

$5,300 to cover the annual maintenance costs

Want to support this project?

Learn more and make donations online at:http://www.lhasocialwork.org/clean-water-project#

Coming in March!

Studying the Buddha Way:

Diving deeply into the Fundamentals of Buddhism

Led by Reverend Michaela O’Connor Bono

4 Part Class Series

Tuesday evenings

March 12- April 2


$80-$100 sliding scale

To register, contact Tibetan House,


This class will explore how the fundamental teachings of Buddhism relate to our daily life and practice. Every class will include meditation and unpacking essential Buddhist teachings with depth and aliveness. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.About Reverend Michaela O’Connor BonoReverend 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 Sakyadhita USA, a branch of the International Association of Buddhist Women and she teaches meditation in prisons. Rev. Michaela believes everyone has a mystic heart and she loves sharing the practice of meditation, especially with those who think they are bad at it.

Kham to Kathmandu: Monastic Vajrayana in Motion,

A Historical, Demographic, and

Ethnographic Study of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling

Presented by Robby Offner

Tuesday, March 19


Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

$10 suggested donation

This presentation focuses on Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in the Kathmandu Valley. The monastery was founded by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, one of the foremost meditation masters of the 20th century from Kham in Eastern Tibet. It will explore:

- Historical context of the how the monastery was founded in the wake of Tulku Urgyen’s escape from Chinese rule in Tibet.- How Tibetan diaspora was received in the Kathmandu Valley and the resurgence of monastic Vajrayana in Nepal.
- Understanding Vajrayana practice and aspects of the term “Tibetan Buddhism.”- How should this term be understood when dealing with monasteries outside of Tibet?- Demographic makeup of the monastery, mainly exploring where in Nepal most of the monks at Ka-Nying come from and how Buddhism is practiced in the home villages of the monks.- Humanizing the monastic experience by presenting the daily rhythms at the monastery, how many of them became monks, and how they are able or not able to uphold their vowsAbout Robby OffnerRobby Offner has lived in New Orleans off and on since 2008, when he first moved here from St. Louis to study at Loyola. A few years after finishing college, he decided to pursue a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies in Kathmandu, Nepal. This was largely inspired by seeing the Dalai Lama speak to Tulane’s 2013 graduating class in the Superdome and my exposure to zazen practice through the Mid City Zen Center.Robby spent roughly 3 years studying and practicing Buddhism at Rangjung Yeshe Institue in Kathmandu’s Tibetan neighborhood, Boudha. Founded by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, the institution coexists within Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery founded by his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Robby’s research focuses on the lives and practices of the monks at Ka-Nying and how the Tibetan monastic tradition has resurfaced in diaspora. He recently moved back to New Orleans after completing his studies in Nepal and wishes to share some of these experiences with Tibetan House.

Venerable Tsering Phuntsok arrives

in New Orleans on March 31!


Save the Date!

4th Annual Vision Fest

Sunday, March 31

Louisiana Himalaya Association

623 North Rendon Street

It’s almost time for Vision Fest, a wonderful all-day healing arts and music festival, held at LHA’s lovely space in mid city to benefit the Tibetan refugee community in Northern India via Lha Charitable Trust


The day will include yoga, meditation, and dance workshops. Live music. Delicious health conscious food, An art market as well as a team of healers, body workers, and energy workers available on site to give our community all the loving kindness they need.

This beautiful gathering will benefit LHA’s Clear Vision program which provides screenings, eye exams, and glasses to Tibetan refugees and monks in Dharamsala. A mere $20 pays for an eye exam and glasses to someone in need. Join us on March 31, 2019 and help us give the gift of sight!

Sitting in Stillness Meditation Monthly Series

Led by Gael Thompson

Tibetan House offers a monthly class 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. As a meditation practice rests on continuity and consistency, we encourage you to participate for as many months as you would like.

Drop-ins are welcome if you have previously participated in the instructional class or participated in the previous Tuesday night class.


7:00pm – 8:00pm

First Thursday: Introduction to Sitting in Stillness

Following Thursdays: Progressive Practice

$30 a month

$10 drop-in


10:00am – 11:00am

First Friday: Introduction to Sitting in Stillness

Following Fridays: Progressive Practice

$30 month

$10 drop-in

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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