March 2020

 


 


March 2020

Such a Joy To Be with the Monks

It feels very auspicious that the Drepung Gomang monks will be in New Orleans March 10th through the 14th. Simply being in their presence connects us with a deeper sense of purpose and connection, wonder and joy that can sustain us through the most challenging of times.

Come to the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and sit with this group of remarkable Tibetan Monks while they create a Sacred Sand Mandala of World Peace as an offering to the Greater New Orleans Area.

You will find them bent over, meticulously applying millions of bits of colored sand through a metal tube in the process of creating a remarkable work of art dedicated to the benefit of all sentient beings.

The making of a sand mandala is a vehicle designed to generate compassion and realize the impermanence of reality. Due to the meditative practice of this sacred art, positive healing energies of the mandala are being released to those who are in the room, and to the environment at large.

The Sacred Art Tour is also a means for the monks to share their Tibetan culture. There will be a puja for world peace at Tibetan House, a Cultural Pageant at the New Orleans Healing Center, and a final puja at Tibetan House for the removal of negativities and obstacles.

Please check out their events for description, dates, times and locations listed further along in the newsletter.

 

Coming Up at Tibetan House

  • Lama Lena Teachings in New Orleans March 1- March 3
  • Drepung Gomang Sacred Arts Tour in New Orleans
  • Schedule of Events for the Drepung Gomang Monks
  • March 10 – Tibetan Uprising Day
  • Last Chance Sale: furnishings, displays, malas, etc.
  • 9th Annual Sacred Music Festival
  • Introduction to Tarot with Lisa
  • Meditation Class Schedule at Tibetan House
  • New Times for Kaiut Method Classes

 

Lama Lena in New Orleans

March 1 – March 3, 2020

 

Sunday, March 1 at Clearwater Sanctuary Compassion Retreat

in Bush, LA.

11:00am-Sunset
Joyous Renewal Mini Retreat
11:00am Arrival
Choice of karma yoga or vinyasa pranayama
12:00pm-12:45pm
Light lunch and nature walk
1:00pm-3:00pm
Dzogchen and the Nature of Mind Teaching and Practice:

Lama Lena Teaching

4:00pm-6:00pm
Bonfire, music, dinner
Clearwater Sanctuary Compassion Retreat in Bush, LA
For information, call: (985) 630-1009
Suggested donation: $20-$30
Dana offering to Lama Lena
Monday, March 2 at Swan River Yoga

Canal St, New Orleans

8:30pm-9:30pm
Tibetan Ati Yoga
Swan River Yoga
2940 Canal Street
Tuesday, March 3 at Tibetan House,

Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans

7:00pm-9:00pm
Guru Rinpoche Pith Teachings
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas St
About Lama Lena
Lama Lena (Yeshe Kaytup) is a teacher of Direct Mind Perception Meditation and a lineage holder of several Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Her informal style is precise and direct and she is revered by students around the world for her exceptional ability to share profound teachings in a clear, poetic, and humorous way.

Beginning in 1972, Lama Lena spent three years studying with Lama Thubten Yeshe at his monastery in Nepal. She then spent seven years in retreat and practice in a small cave above Tso Pema under the tutelage of her root teacher, Ven. Wangdor Rimpoche. She continued to travel extensively with him as his translator and assistant.

Having also studied Chinese medicine, Lama Lena had a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2005 she returned to Tso Pema to assist Wangdor Rimpoche. She currently lives on the mountain above Lotus Lake with her two khandros where she provides medical assistance to the Tibetan refugee community, the local Indian villagers, and mountain tribespeople.

At the request of H.E., Zigar Choktrul Rimpoche and Ven.Wangdor Rinpoche – as well as many Western and Tibetan dharma students – she has been traveling, teaching, and translating from the lineages she holds.

Official Lama Lena Archive site: LamaLenaTeachings.com
e-Sangha Facebook Group: Lama Lena Teachings FB Group

Donations & Offerings:
Traditionally Buddhist teachings are given free of charge because they are considered priceless – nobody can place a fee on something that brings complete liberation from suffering. Not charging for teachings is also done with the motivation of making the Dharma accessible to everyone, so that nobody is excluded from attending due to lack of funds.
In the Buddhist tradition, however, there is also the practice of generosity by making monetary offerings for Dharma teachings. This expression of generosity, referred to by the Sanskrit term ‘Dana’, is not payment for services rendered; rather it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. It is a gift that supports not only the teachers and the wider Dharma community, but also one’s own practice.
We request a donation per event/venue to cover expense of travel, lodgings, meals etc. We suggest a $20 donation. Whatever donation works for you is appreciated.
Offerings,Dana, are handed to the teacher in a white envelope after the teaching. You will notice a line forming. We supply white envelopes.

 

 

The Monks are Coming!

Sacred Art Tour of the

Drepung Gomang Monastery

March 10 – March 14

 

We are very excited to announce that the Drepung Gomang Sacred Art Tour will be with us this March.

They will be creating a Sand Mandala at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Opening Ceremony will be  Wednesday morning, March 11, 2020. The mandala will be completed by Friday evening. The Dissolution Ceremony will take place Saturday morning, March 14th.

For a more detailed understanding of the Sacred Arts Tour, and the creation of a Sacred Sand Mandala, please open the following links:
https://drepunggomang.org/test-tour-page/178-sand-mandala-details

For more information on the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India

https://www.drepunggomang.org/

For more information on the Drepung Gomang Monastery in the USA

https://www.drepunggomangusa.org/

Meals for the Monks

If you are interested in preparing a dinner for the Monks in your home, please contact us at Tibetan House, info@tibetanhouse.com.

Schedule for the Drepung Gomang Monks

Puja for World Peace and Healing

In Commemoration of Tibetan Uprising Day

Tuesday, March 10

7:00pm-8:00pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Puja is a Sanskrit word that means “offering.” The monks chant prayers and perform rituals specific to the type of prayer being offered. Prayers are addressed to Buddha’s, bodhisattvas and deities. Their primary purpose is to overcome negativities that may be obstacles in obtaining release from suffering and to promote spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

Opening Ceremony for Sacred Sand Mandala

for World Peace

 

Wednesday, March 11

10:00am-11:00am

New Orleans Academy of Fine Art

5256 Magazine St

info@noafa.com

https://www.noafa.com

Sand painting is an ancient Tibetan art form. The sand mandala is carefully constructed from dyed sand particles to represent the particular esoteric, textual traditions of Buddhism. It is a transient art form, thought to have originated in India and been transferred in the middle ages to Tibet. The sand mandala is constructed as vehicle to generate compassion, realize the impermanence of reality, and a social/cosmic healing of the environment.

You will have the opportunity to view the inception, creation and completion of a Sand Mandala. The completion is following by the Dissolution, in which the remarkable creation is swept into a sacred mixture of multi-colored sacred and blessed sand. The sacred sand will mostly be distributed to viewers at the event. A vase of the sand will be taken to the river at the Fly, and with great ceremony, emptied into the Mississippi River, so that the prayers will be carried into the universe.

Creating a Sacred Mandala for World Peace

Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14

9:00am-4:00pm

New Orleans Academy of Fine Art

5256 Magazine St

info@noafa.com

https://www.noafa.com

Cultural Pageant Celebrating Tibetan Culture

 

Thursday, March 12

7:00pm-9:00pm

New Orleans Healing Center

2372 St Claude

Experience ancient Tibetan cultural rituals including the snow lion dance, Good luck dance, Monk dance, sacred chants, prayers and monastic debate bringing authentic Tibetan traditions to life. Fun for children and adults.

Dissolution of the World Peace Mandala

followed by a Ceremony at the Fly

Saturday, March 14

11:00am-12:00am
New Orleans Academy of Fine Art

5256 Magazine St

info@noafa.com

https://www.noafa.com

 

Puja for Removal of Negativities and Obstacles

Saturday, March 14

7:00pm-8:00pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Puja is a Sanskrit word that means “offering.” The monks chant prayers and perform rituals specific to the type of prayer being offered. Prayers are addressed to Buddha’s, bodhisattvas and deities. Their primary purpose is to overcome negativities that may be obstacles in obtaining release from suffering and to promote spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

 

In Commemoration of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising

We are with you

today, tomorrow and until Tibet is Free and Independent

March 10 commemorates the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the occupation of the People’s Republic of China in Tibet, who invaded Tibet in 1950. After nine years of continuous deception and brutal treatment, the people of Tibet rose up in rebellion in Lhasa, the home of the Potala and the Dalai Lama. The failure of the rebellion resulted in a violent crackdown on Tibetan independence movements, and the flight of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, into exile.

Sixty-one years later, conditions for Tibetans in Tibet have not improved. The cultural genocide continues as the Chinese government has restricted all freedoms of the Tibetan people. To this day, Tibetans still make the treacherous walk through the Himalayas to find freedom from Chinese rule. In the last few months, the Chinese government has convinced the Nepalese government to return to China any Tibetans they find crossing the border into Nepal.

We named our shop Tibetan House because the country of Tibet is no longer named as such on current maps of the world. It is portrayed as part of China. This is the result of collective acceptance of the Chinese government proclaiming ownership of this amazing country and declaring that it has never been a sovereign state, a bold and outright lie.

If you google map for Tibet, this is what you will get:

Having traveled in eastern Tibet, and northern India and Nepal, I have only experienced the genuine big heartedness of the Tibetan people. There is a deep presence of causeless joy and freedom that runs in their blood. And when you stand on Tibetan soil, you can feel it in the land energies, in spite of this relentless campaign to strip them of who they are and make them become obedient to the Chinese rule. The amount of suffering is heartbreaking, and yet it is said, that the biggest fear of a Tibetan is to lose compassion, especially for those who cause suffering.

The following is from the Students for a free Tibet:

March 10th has touched the lives of Tibetans past and present, now scattered across this world, from our great-grandparents seeking refuge from across Tibet in the streets of Lhasa, to our grandparents making the dangerous escape across the Himalayas with our infant parents, to a new generation being born and raised in exile. There is no other point in Tibet’s history that an event continues to touch our lives so intimately and one that continues to inspires generations of the courage, resilience and the hope of the Tibetan people and one that continues to fuel the Tibetan freedom movement.

Sixty years later, Tibetans are still filled with the same devotion and passion to safeguard their leader and homeland from China’s rule. Tibetans are still demanding independence and the freedom simply to be Tibetan – to speak their language, to practice their Buddhist religion, and to live freely in their own country.

For more please visit this site:

https://studentsforafreetibet.org/our-work/march10/

 

Last Chance SALE!

Furnishings, displays, malas, and other delights

Saturday, March 7 &

Sunday, March 8

11:00am-4:00pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

 

New Orleans’ 9th Annual Sacred Music Festival

We will be there!

Saturday, March 21

11:00am-8:00pm

New Orleans Healing Center

2372 St. Claude Avenue

Free, all are welcome!

In New Orleans, the sacred is funky! Come together with people of all faiths and no faith plus all races and cultures for an immersive and transformative experience of spiritual music, art and food from around the world.

Now in its 9th year, The 2020 New Orleans Sacred Music Festival is entirely FREE and open to anyone and everyone. Sacred music is powerful. It can heal and uplift us and awaken the profound connections that runs through our diverse cultures and communities. Performers are drawn from all the city’s spiritual communities, and some acts are international. Both ancient and cutting-edge, the festival is fun, lively, and full of magical moments. Where else will you see Tibetan monks and Mormon elders rocking out to hip-hop and medieval chants?

 

Introduction to Tarot

Saturday, March 28

11:00am-1:00pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

$40

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.

 

Tibetan House 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

7:00pm-8:00pm

$30 a month

$10 drop-in

Friday Morning Class

10:00am-11:00am

$30 month

$10 drop-in

 

New Start Time for

Kaiut Method Classes

Class Schedule at Tibetan House

Tuesdays & Fridays

Time: 8:30am-9:30am

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Full Class Schedule

https://www.satiyogastudio.net/location

Pricing:

First-time Students receive 15 Days for $15

Drop In $18

4 Class Punchcard $64

12 Class Punchcard $168

Membership Unlimited $90/mo

https://www.satiyogastudio.net/prices

The Kaiut Method is a form of yoga that was developed over the last 30 years and adapted to the concerns of the modern day, especially the chronic issues stemming from the Western lifestyle and its particular stresses on the body and mind.

Classes begin with restoring and preserving biomechanical health, where the teacher skillfully guides students to relieve stiffness and reduce discomfort in the body.  The practice builds strength and flexibility while promoting the body’s natural ability to restore itself and rest deeply.

The teacher will adapt the classes to the needs of each individual. All are welcome and can benefit from this practice.

Every BODY is welcome and benefits from this adaptation of traditional yoga, from absolute beginners to experienced practitioners working with blockages in their personal practice.

Alessandra and Bruno have a collective experience of 22 years of practicing and teaching the Kaiut Method and  continue ongoing training with the founder Francisco Kaiut.

To know more about the Kaiut Method, please visit:

SatiYogaStudio.net/Method

Space is limited – Please pre-register to reserve your spot by emailing info@tibetanhouse.com or call (504) 897-9339 and leave a message.

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May all beings never be apart from the supreme bliss

which 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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