Who We Are

10639508_275549602652287_1625282771822967269_nIt is our mission to provide New Orleans with a continuing connection to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and to all things Tibetan. Profoundly inspired and motivated by his historic visit to New Orleans in May, 2013, we created Tibetan House to support the spirit of the Tibetan people, those in exile and those living in their homeland, and to further encourage the message of the Buddhist teachings of the Dalai Lama. Tibetan House is both a cultural gift store and a learning center, with a class room for meditation classes, films, lectures and seminars.

When you make a purchase at Tibetan House, you are supporting an individual, a family, a community, a nunnery or a monastery that is Tibetan or directly involved in providing services, livelihood, businesses or homes to Tibetans in Exile.

Gael Thompson, CoFounder

I first became aware of the Buddha and Buddhism in middle school when I sculpted a Buddha in clay class. Some fifty plus years later I was fortunate enough to be involved with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to New Orleans, May, 2013. As coordinator for Community Outreach, I was able to experience first hand the joy and overwhelming enthusiasm as the people of the Greater New Orleans Area welcomed him, and his message, to our city. Ten miles of prayer flags were raised providing a colorful reminder of how blessed we are to have had His Holiness Dalai Lama right here in our midst! It is from this event that Diana and I were inspired to create Tibetan House.

I am a practitioner of NeuroKinetic Therapy, a modality that reestablishes neuromuscular integrity. I am also a practitioner of Inner Space Techniques, an experiential modality for evoking and exploring of states of consciousness beyond the limits of the ordinary mind. I also facilitate the process of cultivating a meditation practice, both privately and within a class environment.

IMG_8149Diana Fisher, CoFounder

I am a native New Orleanian and was first introduced to Tibetan Buddhism on a trip to Dharamsala with the Tulane School of Social Work in 2009. Following my passion, I met Gael while volunteering during the Dalai Lama’s visit to New Orleans in 2013. Inspired by the local enthusiasm for his visit, we decided to ride the momentum by opening Tibetan House to bring Himalayan goods to the city I love so much. I recently traded in my wanderlust for the adventures of parenthood. When I’m not in the shop, I’m chasing around my wild son Otis.