March 2019 Newsletter

 


 


60th Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day:

Honoring the Tenacity, Courage and Determination of the Tibetan People

“On March 10, 1959, the people of Tibet rose up as one to defend their rights and freedom. Today, 60 years later, they continue to be denied those rights. China should realize that the human spirit cannot be extinguished merely by force, but that it can be won over by understanding and by the redress of issues.The fact that, after 60 years of occupation, the Tibetan people still display their loyalty to the Dalai Lama and the values that he represents should be a strong message to the Chinese government.”

International Campaign for Tibet Statement

March 7, 2019

Below are photos of a memorial acknowledging all who have self immolated. This memorial is located on the kora, a ritutal circumambulation,

around His Holiness’ Temple and residence in Dharamsala, India.

For information about the Tibetan self-immolations,visit International Campaign for a Free Tibet

Today, Sunday March 10, 2019, marks the 60th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day. In the past we have gathered together at the Labyrinth in Audubon Park to join the international community in celebration of the Tibetan people and their unique culture and tradition. With heavy heart, we read the name of each Tibetan that has given their life in self-immolation, honoring the hope that the world will acknowledge and respond to the dire conditions imposed by the Chinese government for the last sixty years. Having a face to connect to each name has a more powerful impact on the seriousness of the situation. We have included a full list of names at the end of the newsletter.It is tempting to relate all the horrors that have been endured by the Tibetan people in order to capture attention to their plight. In truth, though, the spontaneous generosity of compassion and joy that is the spirit of these people speaks much louder. Rising out of the land and the people of the lofty and mysterious Himalayas is an undeniable force of freedom. And although the tragedies and hardships of the occupation are very real, the occupation has not been able to extinguish the power of the Tibetan heart.

Tibetan House has humbly hoped to bring awareness to the multi-dimensional depth of the culture, tradition and history of the people of Tibet. We are just barely scratching the surface! It was very bold to name our shop Tibetan House. We chose this name simply to keep the name of Tibet in the public eye, as it is no longer acknowledged on the world map.

Commemorations for this 60th Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day are being held internationally on a very large scale. The Chinese Government has closed all access to the Autonomous Tibetan Region as well as all other parts of what should still be considered Tibet. If you are inspired, we encourage you to light a candle and recite prayers for compassion, strength, gratitude and love for the Tibetan people and everyone involved who endeavor to find resolution and freedom for the Tibetan people, as well as prayers of compassion for those engaged in the oppression.

One of the greatest fears expressed by imprisoned Tibetans is that they would lose compassion for their oppressors. Let this be an inspiration in how we recite our prayers of compassion for all sentient beings, without exception:

The Four Immeasurables as a TraditionalTibetan Buddhist Prayer

May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.

May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.

May they never be disassociated from the Supreme Happiness

which is without suffering.

May they remain in the boundless equanimity,

free from both attachment to close ones and rejection of others.

Immeasurable Love

Immeasurable Compassion

Immeasurable Joy

Immeasurable Equanimity

Coming Up at Tibetan House

  • Studying the Buddha Way with Rev. Michaela O’Connor Bono
  • Tsering Phuntsok returning to New Orleans!
  • Vision Fest, A benefit for Tibetan Refugees
  • Monastic Life Presentation
  • How to Increase Your Love, Compassion, and Wisdom
  • Meditation Class at Tibetan House

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

7:00-8:45pm

$80-$100 sliding scale

To register, contact Tibetan House,

info@tibetanhouse.com

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 Bono

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 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.

Venerable Tsering Phuntsok arrives

in New Orleans on March 31!

We are always overjoyed when Tsering la returns in the Spring!!

His first public event will be at the Sacred Music Festival

on April 6 at the New Orleans Healing Center.

Stay tuned for more details about Tsering La’s 2019 visit to Louisiana!

VISION FEST 2019

A Benefit for LHA’s Clear Vision Program

Sunday, March 31

12:00pm-11:30pm

Louisiana Himalaya Association and Swaha Yoga

623 North Rendon Street

Early bird tickets on sale: $15

Purchase tickets online

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!

 

Kham to Kathmandu: Monastic Vajrayana in Motion,

A Historical, Demographic, and

Ethnographic Study of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling

Presented by Robert Offner

Tuesday, April 9

7pm

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 vows

About Robert Offner

Robert 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 his exposure to zazen practice through the Mid City Zen Center.

Robert spent roughly three 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. Robert’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.

How to Increase Your Love,

Compassion, and Wisdom

Dzogchen Buddha Path Teachings with

Bodhi Lama Shannon Young

Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21, 2019

Friday April 19

7:00pm-9:00pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Saturday, April 20

Time and Location To Be Announced

Sunday, April 21

Time To Be Announced

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

The Dzogchen Buddha Path Lineage

Establishing All Beings In True Happiness

Although humankind has made many technological advances, our inner well-being has not kept pace. This is because technological achievement tends to focus on the pursuit of temporary, material happiness. The pursuit of material gain alone does not address the root of suffering, which is negative thinking and negative actions. It is negative thinking that causes mental suffering and ill health within individuals, and leads to disharmony, social strife, violence and war.The specific methods of the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism directly eliminate these causes of suffering and increase positive thinking, which leads to more peace, happiness and wisdom. Studying and practicing under the guidance of a qualified teacher, students in the Dzogchen Lineage clarify confusion and awaken, step by step, to their true nature: Buddha, True Happiness.

Bodhi Lama Shannon Young

Venerable Bodhi Lama, Dr. Shannon Young, Pema Shiwa Tso, is an authorized Lama and Dharma Teacher in the Dzogchen Lineage of Buddhism. Shannon received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2001 and has been a practicing Pharmacist for over 17 years. She first studied with her root teacher His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in 2003 and for over 15 years has studied and practiced with Rinpoche while helping establish the Dzogchen Retreat Center, USA and the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation.Lama Shannon graduated from nine Dzogchen Lineage Internships along with many seasonal retreats. In 2014, Lama Shannon also received an advanced degree of Tantra Practitioner at the first Dzogchen Lineage Internship commencement ceremony at the Dzogchen Retreat Center USA. In the same year, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche authorized Lama Shannon, along with eight other Lamas, as a Venerable Archarya Lama. The Lamas were selected through a dynamic process of divination, prayer, Rinpoche’s 10-year evaluation, and a majority vote of the 2014 Dzogchen Lineage Internship Sangha. Lama Shannon has taught many students in public teaching events, weekend workshops, and tutoring during Dzogchen Lineage Internships.

Following her teacher’s aspirations, she has dedicated her life to practicing and teaching the Dharma, serving as a Director on the the Board of the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation, and recently, founding One Path Outreach, a humanitarian aid organization which just completed four clinics in remote villages of Tibet.

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.

Thursdays

7:00pm – 8:00pm

First Thursday: Introduction to Sitting in Stillness

Following Thursdays: Progressive Practice

$30 a month

$10 drop-in

Fridays

10:00am – 11:00am

First Friday: Introduction to Sitting in Stillness

Following Fridays: Progressive Practice

$30 month

$10 drop-in

From the International Campaign for TibetSelf-immolations by Tibetans

Last Updated: December 10, 2018

https://www.savetibet.org/resources/fact-sheets/self-immolations-by-tibetans/

This list provides summary details of the self-immolations by Tibetans in the PRC since February 2009. A list below provides details of self-immolations by Tibetans in exile.

  • 155 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet and China since February 27, 2009. A Rinpoche and his niece, died in a fire – according to information from the Tibetan government in exile and Woeser, this may have been a self-immolation that was later erroneously described as a house fire. See details below on Thubten Nyandak Rinpoche and his niece Atse.
  • 127 men, 28 women
  • 123 of the 154 are known to have died following their protest
  • 26 of the Tibetans who self-immolated were 18 or under
  • 13 of the 154 were monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba
  • 11 of the 154 are former monks at Kirti monastery in Ngaba (It is currently not known who of the nine chose to disrobe, or were expelled from the monastery by government authorities)
  • Two of the 154 were nuns from Mame Dechen Chokorling nunnery in Ngaba
  • 154 of the self-immolations have occurred since March 16, 2011

The names of those who have self immolated:

Drugkho

Dorbe

Tsekho Tugchak

Konpe

Tenga

Jamyang Losel

Chagdor Kyab

Wangchuk Tseten

Pema Gyaltsen

Tashi Rabten

Sonam Tso

Kalsang Wangdu

Tashi Kyi

Sonam Tobgyal

Sangye Tso

Tenzin Gyatso

Neykyab

Yeshi Kandro

Norchuk

Kalsang Yeshe

Tseypey

Sangye Khar

Lhamo Tashi

Kunchok

Thinley Namgyal

Dolma

Lobsang Palden

Jigme Tenzin

Lobsang Dorje

Phagmo Samdup

Tsultrim Gyatso

Kunchok Tseten

Tsering Gyal

Shichung

Kunchok Sonam

Wangchen Dolma

Tenzin Sherab

Losang Dawa

Konchok Woeser

Chugtso

Kunchok Tsomo

Konchok Tenzin

Lhamo Kyab

Kalkyi

Lobsang Thogme

Kunchok Wangmo*

Sangdag

Tsesung Kyab

Phagmo Dundrup

Rinchen

Sonam Dhargye

Namlha Tsering

Drugpa Khar

Lobsang Namgyal

Konchok Kyab

Tsering

Tsering Tashi

Wangchen Kyi

Kunchok Pelgye

Pema Dorjee

Lobsang Geleg

Sungdue Kyab

Kunchok Kyab

Tsering Namgyal

Wande Khar

Sanggye Tashi

Kelsang Kyab

Gonpo Tsering

Kunchok Tsering

Wangyal

Sangay Dolma

Tamdrin Kyab

Tamdrin Dorjee

Lubhum Gyal

Tsering Dundrup

Wangchen Norbu

Sangdag Tsering

Chagmo Kyi

Khabum Gyal

Tenzin Dolma

Nyangchag Bum

Nyangkar Tashi

Gonpo Tsering

Jinpa Gyatso

Dorjee

Samdrup

Dorjee Kyab

Tamding Tso

Tsegyal

Dorjee Lhundrup

Tsewang Kyab

Lhamo Tseten

Tsepo

Tenzin

Dorje Rinchen

Dhondup

Lhamo Kyab

Tamdin Dorje

Sangay Gyatso

Gudrub

Yangdang

Passang Lhamo

Lobsang Damchoe

Lobsang Kelsang

Lungtok

Tashi

Chopa

Dolkar Tso

Lobsang Tsultrim

Losang Lozin

Tsewang Dorjee

Dickyi Choezom

Ngawang Norphel

Tenzin Khedup

Tamdin Thar

Rikyo

Dargye

Dorje Tseten

Choepak Kyap

Sonam

Thubten Nyandak Rinpoche & Atse*

Chimey Palden

Tenpa Darjey

Lobsang Sherab

Sonam Dargye

Lobsang Tsultrim

Jamyang Palden

Gepey

Dorjee

Rinchen

Tsering Kyi

Nangdrol

Damchoe Sangpo

Lobsang Gyatso

Tenzin Choedron

Sonam Rabyang

Rinzin Dorje

Losang Jamyang

Sonam Wangyal

Tsultrim

Tennyi

Tenzin Phuntsog

Palden Choetso

Dawa Tsering

Tenzin Wangmo

Norbu Damdrul

Choepel

Kayang

Kelsang Wangchuk

Lobsang Kelsang

Lobsang Kunchok

Tsewang Norbu

Phuntsog

Tap

In honor of Tibetan Uprising Day, we posted several articles addressing the 60th Annivesary on our Facebook page. Sources for information are Dossier Tibet, International Campaign for Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet and FreeTibet.org.

To learn more about Tibetan Uprising Day, read this article by the International Campaign for Tibet.

Honoring 60 years of nonviolent struggle by the Tibetan people to regain their rights and dignity

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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