Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha
From our dear friend, Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche
Reciting the mantra of Goddess of Compassion Mother Tara
to protect us from fears, dangers, insecurities,
physical sicknesses, mental sicknesses,
epidemics, pandemics, so on.
Om Tare Tuttare
Ani Choyng Drolma
Into the Moment
It is a beautiful day today, the sweetness of Spring. Tiyana, my three year old granddaughter, and I are soaking up the sun (recommended), while I sweep the copious amount of oak tree debris and she bathes all her plastic miniature animals, while quietly singing, London Bridge is falling down . . . .
All the while with awareness of our current global challenge, on all levels: The virus itself, the loss of life, the complex reality of financial instability, especially for those living month to month, or on the street, in refugee camps, information manipulation for political agendas, internet projections feeding on our fears and hopes, and the knowingness that our health and well-being is vulnerable to an invisible organism that is simply, quietly doing its thing with no malicious intent. And on and on, all the while, may we practice loving kindness and bigheartedness.
There is a bird singing, the sunlight is glistening on patches of water, the washing machine is draining, the neighbor just opened his door. The sun is warm while the soft breeze is cool. A butterfly just made an appearance and my favorite soft pink spring flowers are blooming. Tiyana is now burying all her animals with soil from a potted plant. She has carefully created a swamp with dirt, water, twigs, dead leaves. She is pouring her buried little pigs and creatures into the swamp with the alligator.
All of life is connected. There is a harmony in the connection that we can tune into at any moment, in the middle of any crisis, even from the depths of despair … if we choose to. You can do this now, without it being a conjured intellectual construct. Without effort, step into the experiential feelingness of simply being. You have done this before, during a sunset at the beach, or deep in the woods, or walking around Audubon park. A ray of light makes its way through the sprawling oak tree, and there is a moment completely free of thought, of past, of future. Recognize how it broadens your vision, your perspective, opens your heart. Lift yourself up into this great expanse. Shift yourself into neutral. Let go of trying to analyze, conceptualize, categorize and fix. Simply be for a moment, while in the midst of this chaos.
We are simply part of the vast biome of life.
Now Tiyana has rescued all her animals from the muddy swamp pit and is washing them off. She has prepared a pool of clear, clean water for them. Life goes on.
- Tibetan House Sitting in Stillness on Skype
- Livestream the Drepung Gomang Monks Prayers and Mandala Ritual
- Livestream Lama Lena Teachings on Facebook
- Livestream from the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok
Sitting in Stillness: A Moment of Peace
With respect to the current financial situation for many of us, these practices are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to Tibetan House, please do so via Venmo @Tibetan-House. It will be greatly appreciated.
Thursdays at 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Tibetan House will be offering a short guided meditation via Skype during our extended Shelter at Home.
The 30-minute guided practice will be a means to take a break and settle into a quiet moment of wakeful stillness, gently and softly letting go.
This practice is kid friendly, as I am sure many of you are home with your family, as I am. This will be a simple, informal, comfortable guided practice for anyone, including beginners. You can sit on the floor or comfortably on a chair.
Directions for joining 30-minute practice on Skype:
Open Skype. Call Tibetan House New Orleans between 12:45pm to 12:58pm, CST. The earlier the better in case you have technical difficulties. This will give you time to get on the call and get situated. The practice will start promptly at 1pm.
As you call in you will be added to the group. Once on Skype, please mute your microphone and turn off your video. If your microphone is on, even the most insignificant sound will be amplified for everyone else. The meditation will start at 1pm promptly and no one will be added to the call after that time.
If there are any technical difficulties calling in, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
or text 504-330-3507 with a brief message about what’s happening. We will try to work out the kinks before the meditation starts. Thank you so much and we look forward to connecting with you!
Sundays, 9:00am – 10:00am
Tuesdays, 9:00am – 10:00am
Thursdays, 9:00am – 10:00am and
There will be no evening classes.
This 60-minute meditation practice is our Sitting in Stillness drop-in class that we regularly offer, now on Skype, with three extra days. Everyone welcome, any level of experience. We will be doing a horizontal practice in between two sitting practices. Please be prepared for that. For any new folks, that means having space to lay down, preferably with something soft under you, and bit of support under your head, a blanket if you think you might get chilled.
Directions for joining 60-minute practice on Skype:
Instructions for joining these Skype classes are different than the 30-minute practice. I will create a group call on my Skype account, and will be calling the group five minutes before start time. The ‘door’ will be locked, so to speak, at start time.
In order to join the group call, call my Skype address, gaelthompson, ahead of time. Best to do this now, or at least fifteen minutes before class time. This will give me your Skype address, which I will add to the group. If you have trouble with this, text me at 504 330 3507. If by chance you are not included in the call, make the call yourself. Hopefully I will see your call and add you to the practice.
All Practices will be dedicated
to the Benefit of All Sentient Beings
Om Mani Padme Hum
Ani Choying Drolma
Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion
12 Days of Healing Rituals
The Drepung Gomang Monks that were here in New Orleans are now ‘at home’, at the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion in Kentucky.
They are offering a 12-Day Dup Chod, or intensive ritual practice with three major components:
- Five-day construction of a solemn Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala,
- Three-day Green Tara Ritual, and
- Two-day Compassion Buddha Ritual.
The 10:00am and 4:30pm prayers will be live on Facebook daily.
Geshe Rapgyal, Honorable Minyak Rinpoche, and Drepung Gomang monks offer these twelve days of special rituals and prayers for the healing of our community and the world. We invite everyone of all traditions to commit to prayer during these same times.
Live posts on Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion Facebook page:
Tibetan Buddhist Medicine Buddha Sacred Sand Mandala
Friday, Mar 20 – Tuesday, Mar 24
10:00am-11:00am: Medicine Buddha Healing Ritual and mandala construction
4:30pm-5:30pm: Medicine Buddha Healing Ritual
Green Tara Ritual with 100,000 Mantras
Wednesday, Mar 25 – Friday, Mar 27
10:00am-11:00am: Green Tara Healing Ritual with mantra recitation
2:00pm-2:45pm and 4:30pm-5:30pm: Green Tara Healing Ritual with mantra recitation
Compassion Buddha Ritual with 100,000 Mantras
Saturday, Mar 28 – Monday, Mar 30
10:00am-11:00am: Compassion Buddha Healing Ritual with mantra recitation
4:30pm-5:30pm: Compassion Buddha Healing Ritual with mantra recitation
Dedication Prayer and Dissolution of the Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala
Tuesday, Mar 31
For those wishing to help support this Prayers for Healing offering, a donation button is available on the home page of our website, www.DrepungGomangUSA.org.
Lama Lena Teachings Online
Three Words that Strike the Vital Point
Dzogchen Pith Instructions from Garab Dorje
@LamaLenaLive on Facebook
March 30 and March 31, 2020
Monday and Tuesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Lama Lena will be teaching from “Three Words that Strike the Vital Point” by Garab Dorje. This heart text from the Nyingthig Lineage includes showing the View of the Nature of Mind and instructions on mediation and its application in post-meditation experience.
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.
Dana can be offered via PayPal to Lotus Mountain Gompa:
Prayers from The Venerable Tsering Phuntsok
Our dear friend, the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok is Sheltering at Home, in Kentucky. We are hoping to set up a live streaming talk and mediation with him.
Check our Facebook page for upcoming events with Tsering.
We are slowed down sound and light waves,
a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos.
We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments
and our bodies are the instruments
through which our souls play their music.
– Albert Einstein