Special Guests

*****     May 2017     *****

Evenings with Tsering Phuntsok at Tibetan House

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Mantra Chanting for World Peace and Healing for the Lost Soul
7:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, May 11
37 Practices of Bodhisattva
7:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, May 18
Pilgrimage in Nepal with Tsering Phuntsok
7:00pm-8:00pm

Venerable Tsering Phuntsok was born in the Himalayas, in a Nepal town bordering India and Tibet. In 1982, at the age of 12, he began his study and practice of Buddhism from his own village monastery. In 1986, at 16 years of age, he joined Palyul Choekhorling Nyingmapa Buddhist Monastery in Bir, India. Tsering Phuntsok has received many teachings and transmissions in both Sutra and Tantra in Tibetan Buddhism from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, H.H. Drupwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche and many others great Masters.

Beginning in 2002, Tsering Phuntsok has been a group host, teacher and leader in programs from the United States, Europe and Mexico that study Tibetan culture and Buddhism in India and Nepal.  In 2009, by invitation from universities in the United States, and by direction of his monastic Abbot, H.E. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche, Tsering began traveling and sharing his experience about Himalayan Culture and Buddhism in America and Europe.
Tibetan House is located in Uptown New Orleans,
4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Suggested $10 donation to support travel accommodations, meals and  expenses.

For more information, visit  www.tibetanhouse.com or contact  Tibetan House: info@tibetanhouse.com,  (504) 897-9339

 

Basic Buddhist Meditation from a Zen Perspective

9-week course with Thich Thien Tri

Saturdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm
May 13-July 8

or

Tuesdays, 9:00am-11:30am
May 9-July 11


Classes held at Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas St
Fee: $200
Space is limited. Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students

PictureZen teacher Thich Thien Tri will be leading this course. He graduated from Vietnamese Buddhist Association with a Bachelor of Arts in Buddhism. He began his journey in America in 2002 and has taught in many cities in the US. In July 2015, he was invited by Van Hanh Buddhist Center of New Orleans to establish the ‘Zen and Mind Family’ in order to teach how meditation benefits our lives, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

This course is progressive, each class building on the previous class. You will learn sitting, standing, and walking meditation practices. You will study how to chant, the Mani mantra, the Six Senses and the Object of Six Senses, and the Four Noble Truths. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate and graduate to the next level.

To pre-register, contact Master Thay: (504) 452-0891
or email Tibetan House: info@tibetanhouse.com.

*****     April 2017     *****

Smoke Offering for New Orleans Commemorating Prayer Flag Day

Thursday, April 20, 7pm

Suggested Offering $10, greatly appreciated.

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We are delighted to have The Ven. Tsering Phuntsok with us to officiate our spring Smoke Offering.

A Smoke offering, or Sang,  is focused on the Gods of the mountain, the Gods of the sky, the Gods of the river, and the Gods of all aspects. You first invite the Gods of the whole universe, and then you offer especially to  the Gods of your local place.

The Sanskrit word for offering is puja meaning to please. A traditional ritual of healing and purification, a puja is offered to overcome negativity that may be obstructing release from suffering. The chanted prayers of the puja promote spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well being.

We will also commemorate Prayer Flag Day, April 20, 2013. On this day we officially invited the City of New Orleans to raise flags as a welcoming gesture to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Ten miles of prayer flags were raised!!!

Traditionally, prayer flags are left flying until there is nothing left of them. Prayer Flags that come down before they disintegrate, should be hung in a forest, rather than put in the trash. If you are ready to replace your prayer flags, or if you have some you want to get rid of, bring them to us on April 20, and we will hang them in a forest.

 

 

*****     March 2017     *****

Permaculture from Gandhian & Buddhist Perspectives:
Modern & Traditional Approaches in Nepal and India
An evening with Michael Smith, Co-Founder of Woven Earth

Thursday, March 9 at 7pm

This talk and Q&A will define and explore the practice of Permaculture as a contemporary expression of traditional worldviews that advance harmony and freedom within the individual, society and the natural environment. The speaker will provide practical examples that focus on Tibetan Buddhist and Gandhian ethical philosophies, discussing ways to overcome the challenge of practically implementing these perspectives in modern life and spiritual practice.

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Michael 2Michael D Smith, MSW MPH is a Louisiana native and adjunct faculty at the Tulane School of Social Work and Loyola University, coordinating and instructing their India Summer Study Abroad Programs. He teaches courses on culture, contemporary social activism, and the religions of north India, Nepal, and Tibet, drawing on 14 years of extensive travel, language study and work in South Asia. He is a Board Member of the Louisiana Himalaya Association (www.lhainfo.org) and a co-founder of Woven Earth (www.wovenearth.org), which organizes courses in Permaculture and natural building in Nepal and Indonesia.

Thursday, March 9 at 7pm

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Suggested Donation: $10.00

For more information about Woven Earth: www.wovenearth.org/nepalpermacultureadventure

Dharma Teachings with Lama Lena
March 16-March 19

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Comfortably straddling both East and West, Lama Lena, brings with her 40 plus years of traditional Buddhist study and practice, including a 7 year cave retreat in Tso Pema, India as well as some 30 years traveling with translating for the Venerable Wangdor Rinpoche, whose lineage in both Dzogchen and Chagchen she holds.

Traveling internationally, she teaches in a direct, informal style, blending earthy wit with compassion and incisive clarity. Currently, when not teaching, Lama Lena divides her time between home in the San Francisco Bay Area and India, continuing to assist Ven. Wangdor Rinpoche, and providing medical assistance, as a Doctor of Chinese Medicines, to the Tibetan refugee community, local villagers, and mountain tribe people.

Thursday, March 16
Spirituality in Difficult Times
7pm
Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Friday, March 17
Symbolism of Tara from a Dzogchen Perspective
7pm
Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Saturday, March 18
11:00am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Spirituality with Lama Lena: Open Minded & Open Hearted Activism
LHA Community Center, 623. North Rendon Street

Suggested Donation $10-20 for each talk.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information, contact Tibetan House at
info@tibetanhouse.com or call (504) 897-9339.

 

Drepung Gomang Monks from India

Tibetan Sacred Arts Tour visits New Orleans, March 19-March 25 

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OBJECTIVE OF DREPUNG GOMANG MONASTERY’S TOUR
A) To make a contribution to world healing and peace by sharing unique Tibetan Buddhist teachings, sacred religious performances, chanting, and Tibet’s unique identity treasures of culture and authentic traditions.

B) Recognizing well, and very deeply, that there have been great tragedies in every part of the world, we want to share our sympathy and prayers together with you as human beings sharing this planet and sharing the future of this home of ours.

C) To generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization and human rights abuses by the Communist Chinese since 1959. As the situation in Tibet is becoming more desperate by the day, due to massive displacement of Tibetans by Chinese citizens sent there by the Communist government, and ever new rules and difficulties, especially at the monasteries, we need your help now.

D) To raise support for the refugee monks’ community in south India for proper food, improvement in health & hygiene and for providing better education facilities for the monk students. We preserve our tradition and culture.

2017 Tour Group

Click here for short bios of members of the Sacred Arts Tour.

Full Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 18
Drepung Gomang Monks in retreat at Clearwater Sanctuary in Covington, Louisiana.
Teachings or private meeting available upon request.
For more information, contact Clearwater Sanctuary.

Sunday, March 19
Morning Service at Unity Temple
11:00am
3722 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA

Sunday, March 19
Snow Lion Dance
Louisiana Children’s Musuem
2:00pm-3:00pm
420 Julia St, New Orleans

Monday, March 20
Green Tara Puja
Green Tara is the Female Buddha that grants protection and relief from sufferings, generates compassion, love and peace.
4:00pm-5:00pm
The Fly at Audubon Park.  The Fly is located on Riverview Drive at the far end of Audubon Park.
Behind the Zoo.
New Orleans, LA

Tuesday, March 21
Opening Ceremony for the Green Tara Sand Mandala
11:00am-12:30pm
Viewing the Creation of the Green Tara Sand Mandala
11:00pm-5:00pm
New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA

Tuesday, March 21
Snow Lion Dance
This evening will include the presentation of the Snow Lion pageant as well as Tibetan Chanting and a brief talk.
5:30pm-6:30pm
New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA

Wednesday, March 22
Viewing times for the Creation of the Sand Mandala
10:00am-5:00pm
New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA

Thursday, March 23
Viewing times for the Creation of the Sand Mandala
10:00am-5:00pm
New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA

Thursday, March 23
Green Tara Puja
7:00pm-8:00pm
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA

Friday, March 24
Last day for viewing the creation of the Sand Mandala
10:00am-5:00pm
New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St. Claude Avenue

Saturday, March 25
Green Tara Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony & Dissolution
The mandala is swept up and shared with the community in a ceremony of gratitude and blessings. This event will include a trip to the Mississippi River where the sand will be released into the water.
2:00pm-3:00pm – PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIME HAS CHANGED  :)
New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA

All events are open to the public.
Donations are appreciated to support the charitable good work of the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India.

At the Healing Center the monks will have a pop-up shop and be selling Tibetan Dharma items, jewelry and gifts.

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Meals for the Drepung Gomang Monks

19The Drepung Gomang Monks, eight of them plus their driver, will be in need of wonderful New Orleans cuisine from March 19-25.  Word has it that they would love to share a dinner with you in your home! If you want to feed the monks but feel that your home too small, you could prepare the meal and dine with them at their residence on Pitt Street in New Orleans. If you are excited by that possibility, please contact us ASAP!

The Drepung Gomang Monks are also in need of lunches from March 21 – 25 while they are creating the beautiful Green Tara Sand Mandala at the New Orleans Healing Center. This would involve preparing the lunch and delivering it to the Healing Center around noon.

Restaurants around the city are also always eager to host the Monks for a meal. They could either create a lunch and have it delivered, or have the monks come to their restaurant and dine for dinner.

It is a wonderfully auspicious experience
and we look forward to your enthusiastic response!!

 

*****     February 2017     *****

Khentrul Lodrö Thaye Rinpoche

Public Talks in New Orleans

Khentrul Rinpoche was born in Tibet. He became a monk at the Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpocheage of seven and spent thirty years studying meditation and techniques for working with the mind to bring positive change into the world from the inside out. He is the abbot of a monastery in Eastern Tibet, but has been in the United States since 2002. He oversees over twenty meditation groups across the United States and Canada. His main retreat center is in Parthenon, Arkansas.

Meditation: The Key to Opening the Secret of the Mind
Thursday, February 9, 7pm-9pm
Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Our minds are filled with endless thoughts that move ceaselessly like waves on the surface of the ocean. Being in constant turmoil, our minds are obscured, like a sky enshrouded by clouds. So we cannot develop inner peace and happiness. This is the main source of suffering. If we know how to meditate correctly, we will be able to unveil the secret of our mind and thus establish a basis for happiness within ourselves.

Finding Joy in Troubled Times
Friday, February 10, 7pm-9pm
Audubon Yoga Studio, 511 Octavia Street

Khentrul Rinpoche will reveal how we can enjoy much greater well-being in our lives by sharing some remarkable and little known tools for transforming adversity. The vast majority of us have never considered this method for transforming our experience. It is an unparalleled approach which directly pertains to the modern challenges we face.

Suggested Donation $10-20 for each talk.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


For more information contact

Wink at 504-251-4370 or winkwink2000@hotmail.com

Presented by The Louisiana Himalaya Association (LHA) and the Tibetan House.

Basic Buddhist Meditation
from a Zen Perspective:
12-week course with Thich Thien Tri
Zen Buddhism
February 14-May 9, No Class February 28
Tuesdays
9:00am-11:00am
Fee: $200
Classes held at Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas St

 

 

Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri will be leading this course. He graduated from Vietnamese Buddhist Association with a Bachelor of Arts in Buddhism.

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He began his journey in America in 2002 and has taught in many cities in the US. In July 2015, he was invited by Van Hanh Buddhist Center of New Orleans to establish the ‘Zen and Mind Family’ in order to teach how meditation benefits our  lives, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

This course is progressive, each class b

uilding on the previous class. You will learn sitting, standing, and walking meditation practices. You will study how to chant, the Mani mantra, the Six Senses and the Object of Six Senses, and the Four Noble Truths. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate and graduate to the next level.

To register, contact Tibetan House
info@tibetanhouse.com, (504) 897-9339
Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students

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*****     January 2017     *****

Basic Buddhist Meditation
from a Zen Perspective:
12-week course with Thich Thien Tri
Zen Buddhism
January 7-April 8, No Class February 18 & 25
Saturdays
6:00pm-8:00pm
Fee: $200
Classes held at Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas St

 

 

Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri will be leading this course. He graduated from Vietnamese Buddhist Association with a Bachelor of Arts in Buddhism.

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He began his journey in America in 2002 and has taught in many cities in the US. In July 2015, he was invited by Van Hanh Buddhist Center of New Orleans to establish the ‘Zen and Mind Family’ in order to teach how meditation benefits our  lives, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

This course is progressive, each class b

uilding on the previous class. You will learn sitting, standing, and walking meditation practices. You will study how to chant, the Mani mantra, the Six Senses and the Object of Six Senses, and the Four Noble Truths. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate and graduate to the next level.

To register, contact Tibetan House
info@tibetanhouse.com, (504) 897-9339
Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students

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From Fear to Peace
An evening with Swami Sankarananda

Thursday, January 12, 7pmswami
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

The workshop is interactive; it will consist of meditation, chanting and discourse.

In our hour or so together we will:

* Center ourselves in Peace, in a loving and non-threatening atmosphere.
*Discuss, experience and affirm our true nature.
*Discuss what is veiling this highest nature from us, in particular we will focus on fear and tear back its veil to see it for what it really is.
*See more clearly inside ourselves, including our highest and lowest natures.
*Explore Yoga philosophy and practices, becoming more competent in how to use the various tools that we each have available to us.
*Share some experiences of pilgrimage, including stories will help to illumine our paths.
*Become more aware of how to transcend fear and its debilitating relatives.
*Take steps towards knowing each other and all as friends on our path.

About Swami Sankarananda
Swami Sankarananda is a simple pilgrim. Not finding peace in a life of business success I turned inside, became a disciple of Swami Sivananda, and in 2013 began to walk across and through the USA in a pilgrimage for peace, completing this in early 2016. I now travel from town to town in the “Yoga for Peace” RV sharing support for our universal journey to find happiness and peace we seek.  For more information about Swami Sankarananda, visit the Steps 4 Peace website.

Click here for the full schedule of
Swami Sankarananda’s events in New Orleans.

For more information, contact Haiyan Khan at (504) 598-4107.

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Ayurveda, The Path of Healing
An evening with Kyle Roberts

 

Thursday January 19, 7pm
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Ayurveda is an ancient medical system that not only encourages one to become healthy and vibrant but awakens the individual’s purposes for life. The ayurveda path brings awareness to one’s diet, lifestyle, and relationships which is intended to stabilize healthy living. This talk will focus on practical and simple ayurvedic disciplines that will help cultivate a deeper understanding of health within all facets of life.

Donation accepted to attend the talk.

Ayurveda Consultations
A private Ayurvedic consultation is open to all. Many who come for an appointment are interested in cultivating health within their physical, mental or spiritual being. No health imbalance is necessary to schedule an appointment as Ayurveda is a tool for getting the most out of life. Recommendations from consultations generally include customized meditations and breathing techniques, specialized diet, or herbal regimen.

Each session in an hour in length.
Cost is $85 per person.

To schedule a consultation, contact…
For more information about Kyle Roberts, visit his website, krveda.com.

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We are honored to share this wonderful video of Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche’s talk on Tibetan Buddhism at the Tulane School of Social Work Mindfulness Conference from June 2016.

For more information about Karma Rinpoche, visit Karma’s website: http://www.karmalhundup.org.

*****     September 2016    *****

The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching
with Anam Thubten

ATR_new-photo_LOWRESThe heart of Buddha’s teaching is the awakening of mind and heart.  In such a profound inner transformation, our awakened mind sees the wonder, the magic, the beauty, the joy of our human existence and our awakened heart can embrace all circumstances of this life with love and compassion.

Anam Thubten invites everyone to look into our karmic and psychological habitual tendencies and to undo them so such profound awakening is possible for all.

About Anam Thubten

Anam Thubeten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.   He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the U.S. and occasionally abroad.   He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information about Anam Thubten, visit his website: dharmata.org

Thursday, September 8, 2016
7:00pm-9:00pm
Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street
Suggestion Donation: $10

Sunday, September 11, 2016
10:00am-5:00pm
, Lunch break 12:35 – 2:30
Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street
Please register in advance.
Space is limited to 35 participants.
Cost: $50 (no one is turned away for lack of funds),
Cash, Check and Credit Cards with an additional $2 fee.

Lunch is not provided.

To register, contact Tibetan House at info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339.

 

 

*****     July 2016     *****

Basic Buddhist Meditation
from a Zen Perspective:
12-week course with Thich Thien Tri
Zen Buddhism

 

July 12 – September 27
Tuesdays
8:00am to 10:00am
Fee: $150Classes held atTibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas St

 

 

 

Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri will be leading this course. He graduated from Vietnamese Buddhist Association with a Bachelor of Arts in Buddhism.

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He began his journey in America in 2002 and has taught in many cities in the US. In July 2015, he was invited by Van Hanh Buddhist Center of New Orleans to establish the ‘Zen and Mind Family’ in order to teach how meditation benefits our  lives, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

This course is progressive, each class b

uilding on the previous class. You will learn sitting, standing, and walking meditation practices. You will study how to chant, the Mani mantra, the Six Senses and the Object of Six Senses, and the Four Noble Truths. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate and graduate to the next level.

To register, contact Tibetan House
info@tibetanhouse.com, (504) 897-9339
Minimum 5 students, Maximum 10 students

 

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Mindfulness for Kids
Led by Whitney Stewart, Meditation Teacher and Children’s Author
3-Sessions for $30
Sunday, July 10 – Mindful Body
Sunday, July 17 – Mindful Thought
Sunday, July 24 – Mindful Heart
Ages 5-8: 11:00am-11:30am, Max. 12 Students
Ages 9-12: 11:45am-12:30pm, Max 15 Students

Please respect the age group schedule; if you have children in both groups, please make arrangements for each child to participate
in their respective age-appropriate sessions

Space is limited.
To register, please contact Tibetan House:
info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339.
About Whitney Stewart
Whitney Stewart was born an adventurer. At 14, she hung off ice-cliffs, summited the Grand Teton, and dreamed of climbing the Himalaya. A sports injury led her to a yoga class where she learned to meditate. At 27, she trekked in Tibet, Nepal, and India where she met meditation masters, including the Dalai Lama. From them she learned more about mindfulness practice. Now she teaches mindfulness to children and college students in New Orleans.
For more information, visit: www.WhitneyStewart.com
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Chamtrul Rinpoche in New Orleans, July 20-25

Sponsored by Samten Choeling Dharma Center and Tibetan HouseChamtrul Rinpoche

About Chamtrul Rinpoche

Chamtrul Rinpoche is the recognized reincarnation of a great master and scholar from the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the oldest school in Tibet.

Having studied many years, he holds a vast and profound knowledge of sutra, tantra, and dzogchen, and has been conferred the title ‘Khenpo’ – roughly equivalent to ‘Doctor of Buddhist Philosophy’.

Known for his nonsectarian quality, he has received all the cycles of teachings, empowerments and transmissions from more than twenty five accomplished masters and scholars from all four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism – namely, Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug.

Chamtrul Rinpoche currently lives and teaches in India, in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala. Dedicating his life to helping people find inner peace, he also travels the world each year to teach and guide many old and new students.

In his own words:
“Teaching is what I do in this life, wherever someone asks me to teach, I am there. Without discriminating against anybody based on their gender, race, creed and so forth, I wish them to enjoy excellent peace and harmony. I try to the best of my ability to promote the view, meditation and conduct of non-violence, which is the indispensable source for the spread and enhancement of the inner peace of mind.”

Teachings with Chamtrul Rinpoche

Dream Yoga

Most of us spend a third of our life asleep. Taking the average life span into account, this would equate to about twenty five to thirty years.

Even though the mental state is more subtle when the body is asleep, it doesn’t mean that we can’t practice. In fact, certain practices prove to be even more effective during this state, as we are less distracted by the five physical senses.

In order to gain control of the dream, and to turn it towards the Buddhist path, we first have to know that we’re dreaming.

Intro to Tantra: the Practice of Vajrasattva

Tantra or Vajrayana Buddhism is one of the three vehicles taught by the Buddha for attaining enlightenment. Vajrayana motivation is the wish to not only free ourselves from cyclic existence and suffering, but to become enlightened so that we can in turn help others to be free from the grip of samsara – the cycle of cause and effect. Vajrasattva is a powerful practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It involves visualization of the deity – the image of Vajrasattva – and the chanting of a 100 syllable mantra. Vajrasattva meditation is specifically practiced for the purification of our body, speech and mind. This talk will address the purpose and details of this visualization and the mantra.

Teachings on the Heart Essence of Longchen Nyingtik Ngondro

The Longchen Nyingtik is a spiritual treasure from the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the oldest school in Tibet.

Containing a precious collection of practices from sutra, tantra, and dzogchen, it constitutes a complete path, by which an ordinary person can transform his or her mind, taking them from their present state, all the way to the enlightened state of Buddhahood.

The Longchen Nyingtik translates as ‘The Heart Essence Teachings of Longchenpa’. He was one of the greatest dzogchen masters of all time, and one of the most outstanding authors in the history of Tibetan Buddhism.

Containing clearly laid out stages, each relying on the one before, the first stage are the preliminary practices, known as ‘ngondro’ in Tibetan.

Every single master has emphasized the need for the preliminary practices. Without them, it would be impossible to achieve the intended result of tantra or dzogchen, that of the enlightened state of a Buddha. It is said that it would be like trying to build a house on thin ice. We must make the foundations first.

 

Vajrasattva Empowerment July 24

For those who would like to further their Vajrasattva practice, we are very happy to announce that Chamtrul Rinpoche will be offering a Vajrasattva Empowerment. We did not include this in the previous announcement of his schedule.

In order to receive this empowerment, you will need to attend the Friday evening, Intro to Tantra: the Practice of Vajrasattva class, July 22, and the Sunday morning class, Preparation for the Vajrasattva Empowerment, July 24. The Empowerment will take place in the afternoon of the 24th. Please check  the schedule at the end of this letter for details.


If you are interested in this Empowerment, please consider the following commitments:
• taking Refuge in the Three Jewels
• avoid killing
• recite the Vajrasattva 100 syllable mantra 100,000 times, to be completed in this lifetime.

We ask that you do not attend the Empowerment in the afternoon if you have not attended the previous two teachings, even if you have attended other teachings and have an active Vajrasattva practice.


The Empowerment is for those that wish to receive it. Please understand that it is not for those who simply want to observe it.

I requested a teaching of Vajrasattva from each teacher that has visited us this year, mostly for of the depth of this essential practice, and partly because there is an evening gathering for the practice of Vajrasattva at the Community Center of Louisiana Himalayan Association that is ongoing. It is extremely beneficial to have a group of people to consistently sit with for this practice.

If you are wanting to know more about Rinpoche, please visit his website:
http://www.bodhicitta.org.

If you are wanting to know more about what an empowerment is, please consult Lama Google, as Karma Rinpoche recommends. Here is a good start:  http://www.ewamchoden.org/?page_id=1351

 

REVISED SCHEDULE, July 20-25

Wednesday, July 20, 7pm-9pm

Preliminary Teachings for Dream Yoga

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas

Thursday, July 21, 7pm-9pm    ** NEW TIME**

Dream Yoga Teaching (Must have attended Wednesday evening class)

Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street.

Friday, July 22, 7pm-9pm

Intro to Tantra: the Practice of Vajrasattva

LHA Community Center, 623 N. Rendon Street

Saturday, July 23, 10am-12pm

Teachings on the Heart Essence of Longchen Nyingtik Ngondro

LHA Community Center, 623 N. Rendon Street

Saturday, July 23, 3pm-5pm

The Longchen Nyingtik Ngondro

LHA Community Center, 623 N. Rendon Street

 

Sunday, July 24, 3pm-5pm *** Must Have Attended Friday evening and Sunday Morning Classes  ***

Vajrasattva Empowerment (Initiation) with Refuge Ceremony

LHA Community Center, 623 N. Rendon Street

Receiving the empowerment requires students to take the following commitments: to take Refuge, avoid killing and recite the Vajrasattva mantra 100,000 times, to be finished in this lifetime

Monday, July 25, 1pm-3pm

A Buddhist View of the Environment.

Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary in Covington.

For more information, contact:

info@clearwatersanctuary.org or 985 630-1009

Monday, July 25, 6:45pm-8pm

Experiencing Subtle Mind as a Teaching

Samten Choeling Dharma Center

For more information and to RSVP,contact:

Ngawang Legshe at (504) 723-1317

For more information, contact Tibetan House at info@tibetanhouse.com

 

*****     May 2016     *****

  • Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche will be in New Orleans in May!
    Listed below is the full schedule of events. 
    Locations for Events:
    Tibetan House – 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street
    LHA Community Center (LHA) – 623 N. Rendon Street
    Unity Temple – 3227 St. Charles Avenue
    Saturday, May 14
    Dur CeremonyKarma 3
    3pm-6:30pm at Tibetan House

Wednesday, May 18
LHA Acadiana Chapter Presents
Death and Dying : Views from Hospice and Tibetan Buddhism
6pm at Lafayette Public Library in
Lafayette, Louisiana

Thursday, May 19
Ceremony for Paying Karmic Debt
7pm at Tibetan House

Sunday, May 22
Medicine Buddha Empowerment
1:00pm-2:30pm at Tibetan House

Tuesday, May 24
Dzogchen Practice
7pm at Tibetan House

Wednesday, May 25
Purification of Body, Speech and Mind through Vajrasattva practice.
7pm at LHA

Thursday, May 26
Summoning Life Force
7pm at Tibetan House

Friday, May 27
Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava Teaching, part 1
7pm-9pm at LHA

Saturday, May 28
Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava Teaching, part 2
10am-12pm at LHA

Saturday, May 28
Guru Rinpoche Day Gana Puja
6pm -8pm, at LHA includes dinner – participants bring a dish to be offered

Sunday, May 29
Guru Rinpoche Empowerment
10am-12pm at LHA

Sunday, May 29
Taking Refuge Ceremony
3pm-5pm at LHA

Tuesday, May 31
Phowa Practice
7pm at Tibetan House

Wednesday, June 1st
Generating Compassion through the Practice of the Buddha of Compassion
7pm at Unity Temple

Karma Rinpoche offers his services free of charge yet there are travel expenses which must be covered and he supports a number of children and social service projects in India. In order to assist with these we suggest donations be made for any services or teachings he provides.For most events, we suggest a $10 offering per person/$5 student offering.
For Dur Ceremony: $20 offering per person.
For One-on-One sessions, we suggest : $50 per person/$40 student offering;
Group rates: $20 per person offering

Karma also offers Services, Ceremonies, and Empowerments

for One-on-One Sessions or Private Group Ceremonies.

* Divinations: done with the help of the glorious wrathful wisdom dakini Palden Lhamo

* Smoke offering (Riwo Sangchoe) and protector pujas for purification within our environment

* Summoning of Life Force

* Summoning Wealth, Fame, Name and Inner-confidence

* Paying back 100 Karmic debts, Chod ritual called Changbu-Gyatsa

* House Blessings

* Land Blessings

* Auspicious Ceremonies for Weddings

* Long life pujas

* Tsok pujas through Buddha of compassion for deceased

* Green Tara pujas for protection and generosity, Goddess of Compassion

* Dur Ceremony to pacify demonic influences and negative emotions (done with Wrathful Black Mother Dakini)

* Fire pujas (done with five root mother goddesses in Troma Nakmo chod Practices)

* Can arrange healing ceremonies for almost every human sufferings and worries
To arrange a private session, please contact Tibetan House

Email: info@tibetanhouse.com

Phone: (504) 897-9339

Cell: (504) 330-3507

Karma’s website: http://www.karmalhundup.org

About Ngakpa Karma Lhundup RinpocheKarma

It is a daunting task to create an abridged version of Karma Rinpoche’s life. Here follows a few tidbits from his life story. To learn more about Karma la, you can join us at Tibetan House, meet him, and experience his talks and teachings, and rituals. He will also be speaking at other venues in New Orleans.  The full schedule of his visit for the whole month of May will soon be posted on the Tibetan House website and on our Facebook page. 

 

Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche was born in 1959 in Lowo Gekar located in upper Mustang Kingdom at the sacred place of Mahaguru Padmasambhava on the auspicious Dakini’s day, 25th day of 10th Tibetan lunar calendar.  Soon after his birth, Karma’s mother opened a sealed earthen jar of traditional “birth beer” and a blazing fire came out of the jar. This was understood to mean that the child could be a reincarnation of a powerful yogi.  His parents and several nuns raised him with much love and affection. His mother taught him to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha (the Three Jewels), to generate good ‘heart prayers,’ and to recite the most sacred mantra for generating compassion: ‘Om mani peme hung.’

 

In 1965, as a child, Karma was admitted to a Tibetan school for refugees in Dharamsala, which is located in Northern India. The school was established by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and administered by His Holiness’s own younger sister Jetsun Pema La. Karma was raised alongside hundreds of other Tibetan refugee children who were orphaned, impoverished, or raised by a single parent. He completed his studies and graduated in 1978.  Karma attended Punjab University, worked in a Catholic hospital, and dedicated himself whole-heartedly to relieve the suffering of the sick and dying. In 1987, Karma resigned from Holy  Family Hospital.

 

Over the next seven years, out of respect for his family’s lineage, Karma studied Tantric practices at the Zilnon Kagyeling Monastery, which was established by the late Ngakchang Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche, a well known personal weather controller of H.H. Dalai Lama.  During this time, Karma took part and successfully completed the ‘Three year, three months, three days’ Kagye (the Nine Heruka practices) retreat in the lineage of H.H. the great 5th Dalai Lama.

 

In 1994 Karma gave up monastic life and wandered about aimlessly (like a stray dog) throughout the sacred caves of Mahaguru Padmasambhava, Lady Yeshe Tsogyal, Lady Maha Siddha Machig Labdron, Milarepa, and 84 other great Indian Mahasiddhas in Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Ladhakh, Nepal and India. During this time he received precious teachings from many great masters, such as H.H. the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kyabje Minling Trizin, Kyabje Sakya Trizin, Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche Kyabje Taglung Tsetul Rinpoche, Khenpo Thubten Rinpoche, Kyabje Sogyal Rinpoche and Kyabje Chockok Rinpoche. Altogether he received empowerments, oral transmissions and instructions from as many as 40 different master.

 

On October 11, 2002 after receiving 13 day empowerments on the ‘all knowing’ Jikme Lingpa’s four part, inner-most spirituality (Nyingthik Yabshi), Karma was formally enthroned as the unmistaken reincarnation of Mahasiddha Wariktsel Thokme by and Kyabje Khenpo Chockok Rinpoche at the sacred place of Tso Pema (lotus lake) in Northern India. Kyabje Khenpo Chockok Rinpoche is the chief abbot of the respected Dza Patrul Rinpoche’s monastery in Dzachukha, Kham in Eastern Tibet.

 

May every one recognize the basic goodness in himself or herself.

***** April/May 2016 *****

The Venerable Tsering at Tibetan House

Wednesday, April 13, 7pmTsering_Bio

Dharma Talk: 6 Perfections from the Bodhisattva Way of Life

Sunday, April 17, 5pm

Fire Puja Ceremony w/ Talk:

The Meaning & Purpose of the 4 types of Fire Puja

Wednesday, April 20, 7pm

Dharma Talk: 37 Practices of Bodhisattva

Thursday, May 5, 7pm

The Buddhist Approach to Biodiversity and Human Interaction

One-on-One Sessions – Tsering is available for 1-on-1 appointments and blessings

Suggested donation: $25

For Talks, Suggested Donation $10

Tsering Phuntsok is available for 1-on-1 appointments and blessings, if you are interested, please contact Tibetan House at

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

About Tsering Phuntsok

Tsering is one of 250 monks of Palyul Monastery near Dharamsala, India. Practicing as a Tibetan Buddhist monk for over 25 years, he is specialized in Buddhist Philosophy, Ritual Ceremonies and serves as overseer of the general health of the monks in his monastery.

Tsering has worked, since 2002, with Louisiana Himalaya Association “LHA” as a group guide on India trips and a public health project coordinator for his monastery. For the past 7 years he has traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe giving teachings about Buddhism and performing Ritual Ceremonies.

 

Intimacy and Awakening
An evening with David Chernikoff

Thursday, April 14David Chernikoff
7pm – 9pm
Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street
Free

For many people today, the yearning for intimacy is a central life concern that plays a powerful role in both daily life and in the search for spiritual insight.  One questions that the great wisdom traditions share focuses on this very issue: How do we actualize our amazing human potential to love in a mature and unconditional way?  This evening will be an exploration of this question and an opportunity to take our understanding of intimacy to a new and deeper level.

We’ll begin with a period of silent sitting meditation.  David will then give a talk on the topic of Intimacy and Awakening, including an interactive partner exercise for those who choose to participate.  Time-permitting, there will be a question & answer period and a chance for participants to share their reflections.  Join us for what promises to be a rich and moving inquiry into the heart of spiritual liberation.

*This event is being offered on a donation (dana) basis, in accordance with the Buddhist tradition of making teachings freely available. Dana translates as “generosity freely given” so participants will be invited to offer support to the teacher if they feel inclined to do so and everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to contribute.

About David Chernikoff
David Chernikoff began the study and practice of meditation in 1971 and started teaching insight meditation in 1988. He trained as a yoga teacher at the Integral Yoga Institute and completed the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His teaching has been influenced by senior teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock, Tibetan teachers he studied with during a 3-year stay in Nepal, and spiritual guides from other contemplative traditions, most notably Ram Dass, Father Thomas Keating, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Currently David has a private practice as a spiritual counselor and psychotherapist in Boulder and teaches workshops and retreats throughout the U.S.

David Chernikoff will be leading an Insight Meditation retreat at Flowering Lotus Retreat Center in Magnolia, Mississippi, April 15 – 17, 2016.  The topic is ‘Grief, Joy and Awakening’. For information and registration, please contact www.floweringlotusmeditation.org or call 504-881-6566.

*****     March 2016     *****

Thursday, March 31kyle-roberts

7:00pm-8:30pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Ayurveda is a timeless practice, rooted in the mysticism of India and practicality of yoga. Intended to create health within body, mind, and spirit, ayurveda addresses the many factors uniquely influencing each individual. Through investigation of one’s lifestyle and dietary routines, ayurveda will cultivate wellbeing throughout the span of one’s life with simple actions. These introductory practices of ayurveda will help guide one towards healthy awareness of one’s current life situations and support in yoga practice.

Kyle Roberts has studied throughout the United States and in India, working to integrate both eastern and western cultures into digestible forms of practical information. Kyle’s efforts are spent teaching various subjects within yoga and ayurveda as well as integrating classical healing practices with modern practicality for individual health concerns.

For more information, visit krveda.com

Dharma Teachings with Lama Lena

March 3-6, 2016

Thursday, March 3lama lena 2
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas Street at 7pm
Vajrasattva  Purification
An ancient Tibetan Buddhist Practice using visualization and mantra meditation for the purpose of clearing away bad karma.

Friday, March 4
LHA Community Center
621. N Rendon Street at 7pm
Introduction to Dzogchen -
Direct Mind Perception

Saturday, March 5
LHA Community Center
621 N. Rendon Street
11am – 1pm & 3pm – 5pm
Meditation for Modern Times
Considered uniquely suited to our modern times, the ancient practice of dzogchen, direct mind perception, is said to offer a path to Buddhahood in this very lifetime.

Lama Lena will teach from the text, Tsig Sum Ne Deb, “Three Words That Strike to the Heart of the Essential Point” by Garab Dorje, a heart text from the Nyingma Longchen Nyingthig Lineage with Commentary by Patrul Rinpoche.

Sunday, March 6
LHA Community Center
621 N. Rendon Street, 11am – 1pm
Refuge Ceremony followed by potluck/music feast offering at 1:30pm

Lama Lena (Yeshe Kaytup):Comfortably straddling both East and West, Lama Lena, brings with her 40 plus years of traditional Buddhist study and practice, including a 7 year cave retreat in Tso Pema, India as well as some 30 years traveling with translating for the Venerable Wangdor Rinpoche, whose lineage in both Dzogchen and Chagchen she holds.

Traveling internationally, she teaches in a direct, informal style, blending earthy wit with compassion and incisive clarity.

All events are free and open to the public.
Donations to help with travel expenses will be much appreciated.

 

*****     February 2016     *****

Mindfulness for Kids & Book Signing with Whitney Stewart

Meditating with kids crop 2Whitney Stewart will present two mindfulness meditation classes for children, based on her book Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids (available at Tibetan House). These sessions will offer children simple ways to understand and work with their emotions. Stewart will offer one session for children aged 4 – 7 years, and a second for children aged 8 – 12 years. We look forward to seeing you here.

Sunday, February 28

Group one: ages 4 – 7 yrs (11:00 – 11:30am)
Group Two: ages 8 – 12 yrs (11:45 – 12:30 pm)

Copies of Whitney’s book will be available for purchase at Tibetan House.

This event is open to the public.

*****     January 2016     *****

An Afternoon with Martha Hayden

Martha Hayden

We are very excited to have Martha Hayden visit us for a week. A joy to be with, Martha’s gift of insight and clarity regarding sacred space is exceptional. She will be here for a free talk on January 14, and will be offering an afternoon workshop on Sunday, January 17.

“A deep and fruitful meditation practice bears such gifts! The centered calm and inner strength we gain help us move through crazy busy days with grace. Those precious moments we touch on high states of sublime Being instill precious joy and sometimes, piercing clarity. Yet we often falter, slipping out of practice or letting our sessions get rote and stale. We lose our way.”


In her talk and later in the workshop, Martha Hayden will explore how we might cultivate a more meaningful practice. “How do we make room for meditation in our lives? What can we do to transform our physical environment to make it more conducive to daily meditation, more beautiful and more inviting? And how might we go about refining the space energetically so deeper and richer spaces land?”

Space Clearing Ms. Hayden has a background in Eastern/Western philosophy and wellness. She studied meditation at the Clairvision School and certified with Karen Kingston as a space clearer. For many years she worked in acute care psychiatry, and later built a practice as a bodyworker and meditation based personal growth coach. Presently, she travels throughout the US to do space clearing and consults with individuals who seek transformation and awakening.

Please consider attending a talk or workshop, booking an individual reading, and/or setting up a space clearing.

Martha will be here for a limited time. Space clearings require at least 3 hours for completion, followed by a quiet, contemplative time in your home. The number of Space Clearings available are limited. We will schedule appointments first come, first serve. We look forward to hearing from you.

Free Talk
Thursday, January 14
7pm
Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Afternoon Workshop
Sunday, January 17
1pm-5pm
$65

For more information, contact Tibetan House at info@tibetanhouse.com.

*****     October 2015     *****

Awakening the Third Eye: Weekend Meditation Course for 21st Century Spiritually

October 25th, 11:00am-5:00pm – October 26th, 9:00am-5:00pm

Wenndi Freer GraphicAwakening the Third Eye is a 2-day course designed for those who want direct experience of deeper states of consciousness, as well as those who want to learn skills for cultivating and managing their energy.

In this weekend course, you will learn a technique that develops awareness of the third eye, an energetic organ of perception. From this space of the third eye we will explore easy and powerful ways to incorporate what you are learning into your daily life. The result will be a sense of awakening that has the potential to renew and invigorate your passion for life.Because these techniques are straight forward and immediate, you will experience tangible results in this intriguing interactive weekend. Continuing with the practices will enhance your spiritual aspiration and connect you with a profound inner strength and joy.

Click here for Q & A about the workshop.

When: Sunday Oct 25th, 11:00am – 5:00pm  &  Monday Oct 26th,  9:30am – 5:00pm
Where: Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
Course Cost: $125.00
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
To register: Contact Gael Thompson at info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 330-3507 and provide your Name, Email Address, and Phone Number.
Payment: Cash, Checks or Credit Cards accepted.  To pay in advance online, click here.
Please bring your lunch. Tibetan House will provide cushions and blankets. If you have your own special cushion for sitting, please feel free to bring it.
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Curious about Awakening the Third Eye?
Want to prepare for the course?
Attend a Free Talk with Instructor Wenndi Freer

 

Introduction to Subtle Body Awareness
Thursday, October 22
7:00pm-8:30pm
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas Street
504.897.9339
Discovering Your Etheric Body
Friday, October 23
5:00pm-6:30pm
Ashtanga Yoga Room
4905 Freret Street
804.916.0935
RSVPs for the Free Talks are appreciated.
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About Wenndi Freer, Instructor
Engage the Flow
Wenndi Freer
Meditation Instructor
Space Clearing Consultant
Inner Space Techniques Practitioner
Stress Management Workshops
    “The objective is to reconnect you to the parts of your life that are working well and feel alive
while clearing the blocks that prevent ongoing wellness and success….”
To learn more about Wenndi Freer, please check her website www.wenndifreer.com.
Wenndi will also be available for private sessions, and Space Clearing for your home.
To sign up, contact Tibetan House info@tibetanhouse.com or 504.897.9339

 

*****     July 2015     *****

Tibetan Buddhist Teachings with Chamtrul Rinpoche

July 30th-August 2nd

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Healing with the Mind’s Power
Thursday, July 30,
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas
7pm-9:00pm

Tantra: What is the Meaning and How to Practice
Friday, July 31,
LHA Community Center
621 N. Rendon
7pm-9:00pm

Chenrezig Teaching and Practice -The Power of Mantra – Om Mani Padme Hung
Saturday, August 1
LHA Community Center
Pt. 1:    10am-1pm (with a tea and cookie break at 11:30)
Pt. 2:    3pm-5pm

Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels – What it means to become a Buddhist a Buddhist
Sunday, August 2
LHA Community Center
10am -1pm
(with a tea and cookie break at 11:30)

Taking Refuge Ceremony: for those interested in taking formal Buddhist refuge and receiving a Buddhist name from the Rinpoche*
Sunday, August 2,
LHA Community Center
621 N. Rendon
3pm
*For those taking refuge, attending the Sunday morning session is required. For those who have previously taken Refuge from other Rinpoche’s or in other Buddhist traditions , there is no problem with participating in the ceremony once again.

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Applying Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Monday, August 3
Clearwater Sanctuary in Covington
2:30pm
Sign up at  985 630 1009 or www.Clearwatersanctuary.org

Dzogchen
Monday, August 3
6:30pm-8pm
Samten Choeling Tibetan Cultural Center
For more infomration, contact: (504) 723-1317

Dream Yoga
Tuesday, August 4
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas
7pm-9pm

If you are interested in donating a meal for Chamtrul Rinpoche during his visit, please contact us at info@tibetanhouse.com.

 

Attending a teaching

We are very grateful and happy to have Chamtrul Rinpoche visit us in New Orleans. We are having a wonderful response to the teachings that he is offering.

There are a few things we would like to share with those of you that are planning to attend any of the teachings.

* Dharma teachings cannot be sold or have a price put on them. Respecting this, there is no ‘door fee’. If you would like to make an offering directly to Chamtrul Rinpoche, you are welcome to do so. No one will be turned away for lack of money. As to how much the offering should be, a reasonable rule of thumb is roughly the amount you earn in one hour for each hour of teachings. Cash is appreciated. There will be envelopes available at the front table at each venue for you to do so. Each venue will let you know how the offerings will be presented to Rinpoche.

Donations go towards Chamtrul Rinpoche’s worldwide teaching tours (travel costs, venue hire, etc) and the running costs of the Bodhicitta Dharma Centre in Dharamsala, India.

* Donations for travel and food expense are always appreciated. Suggested donation is $10 per teaching.

* If you are hoping to participate in the Rufuge Ceremony, you will need to attend the morning and afternoon teachings on Sunday, the 2nd.

* Please arrive early so that we can all be seated and the teachings can begin as close to the starting time as possible.

* Pillows and chairs are available for seating at Tibetan House, LHA and Clearwater Sanctuary. If you have special needs, please let us know ahead of time. If you prefer your own cushion to sit on, please bring it with you.

* If you are hoping to attend the teachings at Clearwater Sanctuary and/or Samten Choeling Tibetan Cultural Center, please call the phone numbers provided to get the information for location, etc.
Samten Choeling TIbetan Cultural Center: 504 723 1317

Clearwater Sanctuary in Covington: 985 630 1009

About Chamtrul Rinpoche

Chamtrul Rinpoche is the recognized reincarnation of a great master and scholar from the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the oldest school in Tibet.

Having studied many years, he holds a vast and profound knowledge of sutra, tantra, and dzogchen, and has been conferred the title ‘Khenpo’ – roughly equivalent to ‘Doctor of Buddhist Philosophy’.

Known for his nonsectarian quality, he has received all the cycles of teachings, empowerments and transmissions from more than twenty five accomplished masters and scholars from all four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism – namely, Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug.

Chamtrul Rinpoche currently lives and teaches in India, in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala. Dedicating his life to helping people find inner peace, he also travels the world each year to teach and guide many old and new students.

In his own words:
“Teaching is what I do in this life, wherever someone asks me to teach, I am there. Without discriminating against anybody based on their gender, race, creed and so forth, I wish them to enjoy excellent peace and harmony. I try to the best of my ability to promote the view, meditation and conduct of non-violence, which is the indispensable source for the spread and enhancement of the inner peace of mind.”

All events are free and open to the public.
Donations to help with travel expenses will be much appreciated.

 

*****     May 2015     *****

Live Streaming: Online Retreat with Pema Chodron

Getting Off the Wheel of Suffering

May 9-10, 10:00am – 6:30pm
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It’s so easy to get stuck in unconscious habits that cause us to suffer. In this weekend retreat, Pema Chodron will share how habitual patterns keep us spinning, and how to stop this process at any moment by connecting with the vast, open space that is inherent in our mind.

We will be streaming the event here at Tibetan House. If you would like to participate, please check out the site and plan your day accordingly. If you cannot be present for the entire two days, and would like to participate for part of it, please check out the schedule and come between practices, at a time that will not disturb others.

Click here for more information about the retreat.

This online retreat is a fund raiser. Please consider a donation to the Sango Palri Temple Project, http://www.msbsangdopalri.org

 

Discovering Buddhism: Special Guest Jose Calderon-Abbo, M.D.

Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm   

$10

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Mindfulness for beginners and experts with Jose Calderon-Abbo, M.D.. Dr. Calderon is psychiatrist and long time Vipassana practitioner. He specializes in addiction medicine and in the incorporation of mindfulness and other mind-body medicine practices in clinical care, and in a variety of settings  including schools, law enforcement, business, religious institutions, and places where there is significant trauma. Dr. Calderon is faculty with Tulane, LSU and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC.
For more information about Dr. Calderon’s practice, visit his website, www.mindfulpsychiatry.com.

 

Teaching with Lama Lena: A View of Tibetan Buddhism

Thursday, May 28 at 7pm

Donations are appreciated to help with travel expenses

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We are excited to announce that Lama Lena will be visiting New Orleans May 28 – May 31, 2015. She will be at Tibetan House on Thursday, May 28 at 7pm giving an view on Tibetan Buddhism and the Dzogchen Teachings.

About Lama Lena:

Beginning in 1972, Lama Lena spent three years studying with Lama Thubten Yeshe at his monastery in Nepal and seven years in retreat and practice in a small cave above TsoPema under the tutelage of her root teacher, Ven.Wangdor Rimpoche. For the past 25 years she has traveled extensive with Wangdor Rimpoche as his translator and assistant. Lama Lena has also studied Chinese medicine and 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 kandros. When she is not traveling, teaching or translating, she works providing medical assistance to the Tibetan refugee community as well as 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 and teaching from the lineages she holds.

Check out our facebook event for details on the full schedule of weekend teachings:

Lama Lena Teachings in New Orleans, 2015.

 

*****     APRIL 2015     *****

Discovering Buddhism with Tsering Phuntsok
Each evening will be a talk followed with a meditation practice
Every Wednesday in April, 7pm
Suggested donation $10
April 8
Evening about Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava
The Lotus-born Guru Padmasambhava was an 8th-century master of Buddhist tantra who is credited with bringing Vajrayana to Tibet and Bhutan. He is revered today as one of the great patriarchs of Tibetan Buddhism and the founder of the Nyinmapa school. In Tibetan iconography he is the embodiment of the dharmakaya.

April 15
4 Thoughts that Turn the Mind
The actual wording in Tibetan for the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind is “Turning the Mind from Samsara.” With practice you’re reversing the mind’s interest in perfecting this life by turning it away from samsara.


April 22
An Evening of Vajra Sattva
Vajrasattva’s name means “diamond being”.  He represents the innate purity of the mind.  Vajrasattva mantra is a powerful purification prayer that invokes the mindstreams of all the Buddhas.   “To meditate on Vajrasattva is the same as to meditate upon all the Buddhas. His hundred-syllable mantra is the quintessence of all mantras.”    -Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

OM     VAJRASATTVA     HUM

April 29, 7pm
An Evening of Om Mani Padme Hum: The Jewel is in the Lotus
In the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon of enlightened beings, Chenrezig is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  It is said that the mantra connected to Chenrezig, Om Mani Padme Hum,  contains all the teachings of the Buddha.

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About Tsering Phuntsok

Tsering Phuntsok was born in the Himalayans, in a Nepalese town bordering Tibet. In 1982, at the age of thirteen, he began his study and practice of Buddhism from his own village monastery. In 1986, at 16 years of age, he joined Palyul Choekhorling Nyingmapa Buddhist Monastery in Bir, India. Through his practice and study of Buddha dharma in the monastery, he was appointed by his abbot, H.E. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche, to teach the younger monks, as well as to spearhead social service initiatives. Beginning in 2002, Tsering has participated as a group leader in programs from the United States, Europe and Mexico that study Tibetan culture and Buddhism. In 2009, by invitation from universities in the United States,and by direction of his monastic Abbot, Tsering began traveling and sharing his experience about Buddhism in America and Europe.

*****     FEBRUARY 2015     *****

Space Clearing
An Auspicious Way to Start Lent

Saturday, February 21stFlowers with Buddha 2

10:00 am  – 3:00 pm

$125

Most people can easily recognize when a room or home feels comfortable, warm and inviting or when it feels cold or even creepy. The dilemma is that most people don’t know what to do to get the desired feeling they want in their home or work place.  This is where space clearing comes in.

Space clearing is a branch of Feng Shui dedicated to balancing, harmonizing and revitalizing the energy in your home or office. The basic principles of Feng Shui were founded on knowing how to sense what is happening energetically and working with the energy of a space in a way that brings alignment and vibrancy. When the energy flow is alive and healthy, life feels synchronistic and wellbeing presides. When it stagnates we feel stuck.

On Saturday, February 21st Wenndi Freer will share with you:

  • Why you would want to space clear your home or office
  • When are the best times to space clear and when you should avoid space clearing
  • How to prepare for your space clearing
  • Tools you can use to space clear effectively
  • How to set your intention after you’ve cleared your space

And a whole lot more!

Space is limited, please contact Tibetan House at info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339 for more information and to register.

 

 

The Dharmata Foundation presentsAn Evening with Anam Thubten
Meditation and Teaching
An Evening
with Anam Thubten

at Tibetan House
Thursday, February 26, 7pm – 9pm
$10 donation is appreciated

The focus of this evening is to unburden ourselves from mental habits that cause unnecessary suffering and to realize our natural state which is the inner dimension of peace, joy, and love.  Anam Thubten invites everyone to experience this spiritual transformation through meditation practice and the timeless teachings for the Buddha.

Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the U.S. and occasionally abroad.  He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He is also the author of The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem.  Through his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings of the Buddhist tradition and invites everyone to participate.

For more information about the Dharmata Foundation, click here.
We look forward to seeing you on February 26th!

 

 *****     JANUARY 2015     *****

An Evening with Thomas Laird

Sunday, January 18thThomas Laird

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Thomas Laird is an American photographer, journalist and writer who has explored the art, culture, history, and modern life of Tibetan and Himalayan people for forty years. Fortunately for us, he currently divides his time between New Orleans and Asia.

Laird will read from his book, The Story of Tibet, Conversations with the Dalai Lama, a history written with His Holiness the Dalai Lama–and will sign the book afterwards. For more than thirty years Laird has worked to document the greatest murals painted in Tibet during the past thousand years. He will speak about the murals from the Dalai Lama’s private mediation chapel, in the Lukhang, Lhasa–subject of an earlier book, The Dalai Lamas’ Secret Temple.  He will also show a five minute film about his upcoming book, The Murals of Tibet, TASCHEN publishing, 2015.

Several of Laird’s books will be available, and he will bring a few large format prints of Tibetan murals, images captured at life size, using new digital tools, to give us a glimpse of his new work.


Come join us!  It will be a fascinating evening.