June 2019 Newsletter


June 2019

Tibetan Stupa near Tagong, Eastern Tibetphoto by Gael Thompson

“The stupa is the oldest Buddhist religious monument. In prehistoric times, stupas were simply mounds of earth and stones (tumuli) – places to bury important kings away from the village. Twenty-five-hundred years ago, at the time of Shakyamuni Buddha’s death, a change came about in the way stupas were regarded.

The Buddha requested that his relics be placed in a familiar stupa, but with a shift in emphasis. Instead of being just a place of honor where the bones or relics of a cremated king were placed, the stupa was to be located at four corners (i.e., a crossroads), to remind people of the awakened state of mind. So, the stupa evolved from a mound of dirt (stup, Skt., “to heap up, pile, raise aloft, elevate”), to a king’s burial tomb, to a religious monument.

After the Buddha’s death, stupas evolved from being used as shrines to the dead and into places to honor the living. They were erected to remind people far into the future that they, while living, had the seed of enlightenment.

A stupa is intended to stop you in your tracks. It is an architectural representation of the entire Buddhist path. The body, speech and mind of an enlightened teacher is contained therein – a reminder of a timeless quality which one senses in old monuments. The Tibetan word for “stupa” is choten, meaning a receptacle for offerings and implying support for lay people to express devotion and connection to the Buddha mind.”

Coming Up at Tibetan House

  • Tibetan House Gift Store Closed Saturday, June 22
  • Awakening the Third Eye Weekend Retreat
  • Mindful Buddhist Environmentalism throughout the Solar System
  • Introduction to Tarot
  • A Brief Introduction to Buddhism
  • Mindfulness for Kids, Five-Week Class for ages 9-12
  • Meditation Class at Tibetan House

Tibetan House Gift Store

will be closed

Saturday, June 22.

Awakening the Third Eye

Weekend Retreat with Karen O’Connell

Senior Instructor of the

Clairvision School of Meditation

The third eye is a universal pathway to the “teacher inside”. Found both in the Eastern and Western tradition, it is recognized as the “eye of knowledge”. It opens a gateway for your awareness to go beyond the thinking mind, bringing awakening and clarity to your life. Grounded in a simple but profound meditation technique, awakening the third eye provides the foundation for a multitude of spiritual experiences to unfold.

The ‘Awakening the Third Eye’ weekend workshop is an immersion into using the third eye as a means to internalize your awareness and have direct experience of inner realms. Meditation and techniques of inner vision, energetic protection and interpersonal communication will be taught.

Whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner, this dynamic weekend workshop will give you systematic methods to journey inside.

About Karen O’Connell

Karen O’Connell is a senior instructor at the Clairvision School. One of the original students of the founder of the school, Samuel Sagan, Karen was the first instructor to bring the Clairvision techniques to the US in 1997. She is currently living at the school’s meditation retreat center in Northern California.

Karen has an extensive background as a practitioner of Inner Space Techniques, IST. Her mainstream experience as a clinician in counseling organizations in Australia provides a subtlety and depth to her teaching style.

This is a rare opportunity to have the sublime work of the Clairvision School shared by an original member, steeped in the tradition of the spiritual forces behind the school.

Awakening the Third Eye Weekend Course

June 22, 9:00am – 5:00pm

June 23, 9:30am – 5:00pm

$150 – $175 Sliding Scale

Pre-registration required due to limited space

Contact Tibetan House, (504) 897-9339 or info@tibetanhouse.com

or contact Gael Thompson at (504) 330-3507


Mindful Buddhist Environmentalism

throughout the Solar System

Led by Daniel Capper
Wednesday, June 267:00pm-9:00pm

Tibetan House4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Suggested donation: $10-$20

As human beings reach further into space, so do the environmental issues that people bring with them.  Examples of environmental problems beyond Earth include the mass of space junk that orbits our planet, the mining on the moon that NASA will support by the year 2024, and a human presence on Mars by 2040.In response, Buddhism possesses some environmental tools that proactively can help us to counteract ecological difficulties in space, such as the vivid values of do no harm, compassion, and lovingkindness.  In a stimulating, forward-looking discussion Dr. Dan Capper of buddhismandspace.org will walk us through various space environmental issues as well as possible Buddhist reactions to them.  Hopefully, in whatever world people visit, they will tread in an ecologically responsible way, and Buddhist principles can help to ensure this outcome.

About Daniel Capper

Daniel Capper, Ph.D., Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, is a specialist within religious studies on Buddhism, science, and the environment.  With degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago, he has published the books Guru Devotion and the American Buddhist Experience, Learning Love from a Tiger: Religious Experiences with Nature, and Roaming Free like a Deer: Buddhism and the Natural World.  Currently he is working on a research project regarding American Buddhist environmental ethics in space, as evidenced by his web site www.buddhismandspace.org.



Introduction to Tarot

Led by Lisa
Saturday, June 2911:00am-1:00pm

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.

To register, contact info@tibetanhouse.com.

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.



A Brief Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

Led by John Clark

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00pm-9:00pm

July 3,10,17

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Sliding scale fee $30 – $40

RSVP appreciated

This mini-course will constitute a  very brief introduction to Buddhism as a philosophy, that is, as an inquiry into the nature of reality and being, the basis and scope of knowledge, the meaning of life, and the nature of our relationship to other beings and to the Earth. At the first meeting, we will explore the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and the Four Noble Truths, the basis for the Buddhist ethics of compassion and non-attachment. At the second session, we will look at the Three Marks of Existence, Anitya, or impermance, Anatman, or no separate selfhood, and Duhkha, or suffering. At the final session, we will examine the most challenging concepts in Buddhist philosophy, Sunyata or emptiness, and Pratitya-Samutpada, or dependent origination.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.

Mindfulness for Kids, Ages 9 – 12

Led by Whitney Stewart

Thursdays, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

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.

Fee: $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.

To register for the five-week session, please contact Tibetan House:

info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339.


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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