September 2019 Newsletter


September 2019

Photo taken in Eastern Tibet by Gael Thompson

A Precious Human Life

Every day,
think as you wake up,
Today I am fortunate
to have woken up, 
I am alive,
I have a precious human life,
I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use 
all my energies to develop myself,
To expand my heart out to others,
To achieve enlightenment for
the benefit of all beings.
I am going to have
kind thoughts towards others,
I am not going to get angry,
Or think badly about others,
I am going to benefit others
as much as I can.
Tenzin Gyatso
H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama

Every visit from our Tibetan friends, with their beautiful, radiant smiles, leaves this imprint in our hearts. May that soft, subtle reminder to connect with others with kindness and goodwill be part of each breath we take. Let this be the ground that we walk on.
Photo taken in Eastern Tibet by Gael Thompson



This month at Tibetan House:

  • Thursday Class has been moved to Tuesday evening, 7:00pm
  • Exploring Stillness: One Day Retreat
  • Real World Conservation, an Evening with Dr. Jordan Karubian
  • Introduction to Engaged Dharma Theater
  • Create a Group Meditation Experience
  • Meditation Class Schedule at Tibetan House








Exploring Stillness:

A Day Retreat at Tibetan House

Sunday, September 22

11:00am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $40

Encoded into every modality and philosophy of meditation is an experiential exploration of a part ourselves 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 this still space.

This day retreat will explore the terrain of the subtle inner realms we enter in meditation, the distractions that challenge the process, and the path to the center of your experience. We will address what happens when we sit still and close our eyes, and what doesn’t happen.

Come with a curious open mind and heart, and a willingness to enter deeper parts of your being. Designed for beginners as well as those of you wanting to further your practice.

Retreat led by Gael Thompson

Pre-registration required

To register, contact: or 504) 897-9339


‘Real World Conservation’

An Evening with Dr. Jordan Karubian

Thursday, October 10


Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Suggested donation: $10

We turn on the TV or the radio and learn that fires are burning the Amazon, storms are threatening our shores and coral reefs are withering. Hearing these stories of environmental degradation and loss, we feel sadness and anxiety along with a mounting sense of helplessness: what can we as individuals do to change this downward spiral?This is the story of how a team of individuals from very different backgrounds and skill sets have come together to make a difference in one of the last great remaining rainforests on the Pacific coast of Ecuador – a ‘conservation hotspot’ of global importance.

As Dr. Jordan Karubian, a Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, will explain, the key to conserving these exceptional forests is to engage with local human residents in a meaningful and mutually respectful way to find win-win solutions.

Dr. Karubian will present an honest appraisal of what real-world conservation looks like and provide concrete actions that you as an individual can take to make a positive impact.


Introduction to Engaged Dharma Theater

A workshop at the crossroads of Engaged Buddhism,Participatory theater, and Imaginal Practice.

Sunday, October 13


Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Suggested donation $20

Participants will be gently guided into their bodies, hearts, and imaginations, using the ancient technologies of theater and play. Participants will find nourishment for their personal practice and explore together how this can be brought into compassionate action in the world.

Workshop will include a range of different practices including games, exercises, sitting practice, dialogue in pairs and with the whole group.

Suitable for beginners to experienced practitioners. No acting or theater experienced needed!

Lauren Elliott has been practicing Buddhist meditation in the Insight tradition for 10 years. During this time, she has logged over a year of silent meditation retreats. In the past few years, she has fallen in love with the Soulmaking teachings from Buddhist teachers Catherine McGee and Rob Burbea and is excited to share this approach to the dharma with others.

Derek Roguski has been practicing Buddhist meditation  in both Zen and Insight traditions for 10 years. In this time he has also been a student and facilitator of Theatre of the Oppressed. Over the past year his passion for collective liberation on all levels has driven him to weave these traditions together, exploring what a Dharma Theater might open into. He is also a dedicated student of Catherine McGee and Rob Burbea’s Soulmaking Dharma.


Create a Group Meditation Experience

Something wonderful happens when a group of people choose to sit together quietly, and delve into a deeper state of consciousness. Together, we experience a more subtle level of connection and empathy, creating an opportunity to step out of familiar patterns and discover a new point of reference for experiencing each other.

As a meditation instructor, I have facilitated a variety of groups, including high school students wanting to conquer fear, cancer survivors, a support group recovering from incarceration, a theatre group exploring altered consciousness, a group of teachers preparing for the new year, folks who just want to sit together, and so on.  It can also be a great tool for team building and problem solving.

If you are inspired to organize a group sitting, schedule a meeting  with us here at Tibetan House and we can plan your event.

Excited to hear from you!!

About the practice and the instructor:

Sitting in Stillness creates an environment in which we can step into a more intimate experience of our self, both the superficial self and more importantly, that part of us that dwells in a deeper dimension of who we are. There are flavors of influence from Tibetan Buddhist teachings; however, the practices are not traditional Buddhist practices. My interest in Tibetan Buddhism, and meditative practices began in the sixties, and my curiosity introduced me to Buddhist practice and philosophy, Hinduism, Sufism, Islam and so on. Eventually I found a meditation school that drew from Western Esoteric traditions as well as Eastern, and I was able to find a balance of my western upbringing with my eastern inclinations. I have had a dedicated practice with this school for fifteen years. My hope for those that sit with me is that they discover and experience the very rich and engaging depth of our existence that reveals itself when we are able to quietly rest in a wakeful, present environment.



Meditation Class Schedule

Tibetan House offers weekly classes on Sitting in Stillness meditation practice. The first Tuesday and Friday of every month will be more of an introductory class for newcomers. It is not necessary to attend the first class in order to come the following classes of the month, although it is recommended. Meditation practice rests on continuity and consistency.   You are welcome and encouraged to participate continually month to month.

Drop-ins are welcome.

Tuesday Evening Class

$30 a month

$10 drop-in

Friday Morning Class

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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