May 2019

May 2019

Tsering La Welcoming the Sun on the Bayou.

Tsering la was born in the Himalayas,  At the age of thirteen,1982, he began his study and practice of Buddhism from his own village monastery. In 1986, at 16 years of age, he joined Palyul Choekhorling Nyingmapa Buddhist Monastery in Bir, India. Through his practice and study of Buddha dharma in the monastery, he was appointed by his abbot, H.E. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche, to teach the younger monks, as well as to spearhead social service initiatives. Beginning in 2002, Tsering la has participated as a group leader in programs from the United States, Europe and Mexico that study Tibetan culture and Buddhism. In 2009, by invitation from universities in the United States,and by direction of his monastic Abbot, Tsering la began traveling and sharing his experience about Buddhism in America and Europe.

Coming Up at Tibetan House

  • Tibetan House Schedule for May 2 – May 4, 2019
  • Morning Meditations with Tsering La
  • John Clark: ‘Reflections on Suffering, Disaster and Awakening’
  • Sound Therapy with Diane and Ray Metherne
  • Lahpet presents 4th Annual ‘Taste of Burma’ Benefit Dinner
  • Exploring Stillness: Morning Meditation Mini-Retreat
  • 2019 Travel Opportunities with Mindful India Trips
  • Meditation Class at Tibetan House

There will be no meditation class on

Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3

Tibetan House Gift Store

will be closed on

Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4


Morning Meditations with Tsering La

Sitting with Tsering is a most auspicious way to begin your day. His presence alone inspires joy and generosity of spirit.

Wednesday, May 8


Thursday, May 9


Friday, May 10


Saturday, May 11


A great opportunity to practice generosity.

$10 donation appreciated.

Reflections on Suffering, Disaster and Awakening

An Evening with John Clark

Tuesday, May 14


Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

$10 suggested donation

John Clark had his first encounter with the Tibetan Buddhist Community in Dharamsala just as Hurricane Katrina made landfall.  His experience led to the concept of therapeutic communities and the variety of ways that people experience disaster, suffering and recovery.“In August 2005, I spent a month in Dharamsala, India, working to set up a summer study program with the Louisiana Himalaya Association and teaching ESL courses to Tibetans at the Lha Charitable Trust center. While I was there, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. I soon returned to New Orleans to face the disaster and to work with recovery communities in the midst of devastation. My closely intertwined experiences in Dharamsala and in Post-Katrina New Orleans taught me lessons about suffering and loss, attachment and non-attachment, wisdom and compassion, community and care, that have reshaped my view of reality and my hopes for the future.”

About John Clark

John Clark is Director of La Terre Institute for Community and Ecology and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Loyola University. La Terre Institute is located on 87 acres in the forest of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is dedicated to the project of social and ecological regeneration on both the local and global levels. His recent books include The Tragedy of Common Sense (2016), Lightning Storm Mind (2017), and Between Earth and Empire, which is forthcoming in June. Since 2005 he has worked with the Loyola summer study program in Dharamsala, in association with the Louisiana Himalaya Association. He directs the LHA’s Tibetan Women’s Scholarship Fund.




Sound Therapy

Led by Diane and Ray Matherne

Saturday, May 25


Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $25

Pre-registration required as space is limited.

To register, contact Tibetan House or (504) 897-9339

“Our bodies vibrate to a certain frequency. Sound is vibration and energy. Every cell in our bodies responds to sound. When our cells are in harmony with the sound, it brings healing to the body.

Diane and Ray bring sounds of healing to the mind, body and soul with Crystal Singing Bowls, drums and other instruments. The vibration can be felt in the body. Bring your favorite blanket, pillow or anything that will bring ease and comfort in helping to release stress and bring the body to a relaxing state.

Let us celebrate each other in raising our vibration and setting us free from anything that is holding us back from becoming who we are.”

Diane and Ray Matherne come from Houma,  LA. They have been doing Sound Therapy for 6 years.

Lahpet presents

Taste of Burma Benefit Dinner

Hosted by Tibetan House’s Eva Sohl

We hope you will join us for our fourth annual Taste of Burma Fundraiser Dinner on May 31 at Live Oak Cafe in New Orleans’ historic Riverbend neighborhood. Enjoy a delicious six course meal while raising funds to send 45 Lahu children to school for an entire year!This year’s dinner will feature Burmese-inspired cuisine from Lahpet as well as food from guest Chefs Paul Chell of MoPho and Cristina Quackenbush of Milkfish. There will also be live music by harpist Luke Brechtelsbauer.

In 2010, my partner Mark LaMaire and I established One World Family, a New Orleans based non-profit organization that seeks to promote understanding in a fractured world and to enrich the lives of its citizens through the strengthening of cross-cultural connections.

Since the beginning, our flagship project has been providing access to education to children living in high-poverty areas of Northern Thailand, many of whom are ethnic refugees from Myanmar. One World Family’s Lahu Education Initiative provides daily transportation to school as well as uniforms and school supplies.

In 2014, Mark and I started Lahpet, a Burmese food pop-up that we that helps people in New Orleans connect with the the incredible flavors of Burmese cuisine while simultaneously funding the work of One World Family abroad.

Thank you for your support and we hope you can join us for a special evening!

Exploring Stillness:

Morning Meditation Mini Retreat at Tibetan House

Sunday, June 2

10:00am -1:00pm

Fee:  $40

Pre-registration required

To register, contact Tibetan House or (504) 897-9339

Encoded into every modality and philosophy of meditation is an experiential exploration of a part of you that most of us spend very little time with: the deep quiet place within. The transformative power of meditation begins with the daily practice of simply stepping into the sacred silence of the still space.This introductory day retreat is for those of you who are curious and want to learn something about sitting in stillness, subtle body building, and the labyrinthian maze we traverse to get there. Come with an open mind, questions and a willingness to experience something new that is also profoundly familiar.

Led by Gael Thompson.


2019 Trips to Northern India with Mindful India Trips

Explore Holistic Techniques for Patient Care and Personal Well-Being

Mindful India Trips is a Louisiana-based travel community coordinating travel experiences to the Himalayas of Northern India.  Since 2002, our team has hosted over 60 travel experiences to this region.  Each year, Mindful India Trips leads six group trips, each with a special focus.

Three trips still have openings, we hope you will join us!

If one group fills up, consider joining another trip!

Tibetan Buddhist Perspectives on Living and Dying

September 21, 2019 – October 5, 2019

Designed for Hospice Professionals / Open to healthcare professionals

Offered by the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO)

CEUs available

Learn more…

Mindful Nursing: Service Trip to India

October 12, 2019 – October 25, 2019

Designed for Nurses / Open to other healthcare providers

14-Day global medicine volunteer mission with Tibetan Refugees

Learn more…

Mindful Medicine Conference in Northern India

October 29, 2019 – November 9, 2019

Designed for MDs / Open to all healthcare professionals

Offered by Ochsner Medical Center and the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO)

CMEs Available

Learn more…

All trips include:

  • Daily tours to cultural landmarks, including His Holiness Dalai Lama’s temple
  • Lectures by Tibetan Buddhist Scholars
  • Opportunities for mindfulness meditation and yoga instruction/practice
  • Shopping for spices, fabrics & handicrafts at local markets
  • Trekking or relaxing in the Himalayas
  • Visit the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world!
For more information about our trips, contact


Sitting in Stillness Meditation

Led by Gael Thompson

Tibetan House offers a weekly class series in Sitting in Stillness meditation practice.

Drop-ins are welcome.


7:00pm – 8:00pm

$30 a month

$10 drop-in


10:00am – 11:00am

$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 equanimity

free from the attachment and aversion

that keep some close and other distant!

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