Monday, December 14, 2009

From Dawn Mountain - Parinirvana of Venerable Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche

December 8, 2008

Dear Friends-

With deep sadness at our common loss, yet grateful for all we have received, we write to let you know that Khetsun Rinpoche's passage is complete. Paranirvana of Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche from Dudjom Institute.
Harvey and I were able to see Rinpoche briefly on Full Moon Day, December 3, when he already looked ready to vanish into light. There was also a palpable outpouring of blessings pouring through his window after he entered his final meditation.
We will continue to meet for the Amitabha prayers dedicated to Khetsun Rinpoche at 6:30 each evening for the rest of the week at Dawn Mountain,
and also for weekly prayers this Monday and each Monday through the 49 days period. We will also, at Tulku Jigme's recommendation, be including
the Samanatabhadra Mon Lam "The King of Prayers". Any prayers at all you choose to do are most welcome at this time.

A revised Amitabha prayer has been posted on the Dawn Mountain website.
With grateful hearts,

Anne & Harvey

1925 B Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098

Monday, December 07, 2009

Lho Ontul Rinpoche to teach at LHA New Orleans Dec. 11-13

Lotus Lake Drikung Center

Vajravidarana Purification Ceremony

Friday Dec. 11th, 7-10pm, LHA 621 N. Rendon
Suggested donation $25.00

This is a profound purification ceremony and blessing, which purifies all kinds of negativity and contamination that bring about sickness of body, mind and spirit. This is open to Buddhist and non-Buddhists.

Yangzab Amulet of the Sun and Moon Long Life
Breathing Yoga Teachings/Practice

Saturday Dec. 12th, 11am-1pm, and 2-4pm, LHA, 621 N. Rendon
Suggested donation $35.00

This is a rare opportunity to receive the secret Long Life Yoga practice of Guru Rinpoche and Mandarava. This is a profound yet not difficult Long Life Yogic practice that works with the breath and visualization. Rinpoche will give the pith instructions for this practice followed by practice sessions as well as an opportunity for questions.

Public Healing Chod

Sunday Dec. 13th, 11-2am-pm, LHA, 621 N. Rendon
Suggested donation $25.00

Rinpoche will offer a Healing Chod practice to heal mental and
physical sicknesses, and to remove karmic obstacles to spiritual growth.
This ceremony is open to both Buddhist and non-Buddhists.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche

I hope that all of you have found yourselves warm and peaceful lately. I wanted to post this picture of Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche for you. He has lived a long life and has lately been very ill. He is likely to make his final transition soon. According to the email Anne Klein sent out, "He is comfortable, clear, and totally at ease. We are sad. We are also joyful at his amazing blessings."

Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche was the first Buddhist teacher I met or received teachings from in this life, in 2001. He has remained an deep inspiration for me since. I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit him a few times over the last couple of years. I snapped the attached photo in early September, 2007.

You can read a little more about him below, copied from

Please keep him and his community in your prayers and meditations.

-Love and light-


Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche is among the most senior Lamas and Dzogchen masters in the Ancient (Nyingma) Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and perhaps the most eminent Nyingma historian alive today.

He was born in 1920 in central Tibet and came to India in 1959. Soon thereafter he was asked by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to represent Dudjom Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma school, in Japan. Khetsun Rinpoche spent ten years in this capacity from 1960-1970, teaching in Tokyo and Kyoto Universities and becoming fluent in Japanese.

In 1971 he returned to India and founded a school to educate Tibetan monks in his tradition. Over the last twenty five years he has accepted numerous invitations to teach in Japanese and U.S. universities and to teach students in retreats in Dordogne, France.

In Tibet, Khetsun Rinpoche received teachings on the Very Essence of the Great Expanse tradition from the famous Lady Master Jetsun Shugseb Rinpoche (d.1953) of Shugseb Nunnery, Tibet's main institution for women practitioners of Dzogchen. Other teachers include Dudjom Rinpoche, Kangyur Rinpoche, and Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche.

Khetsun Rinpoche's writings feature a 13 volume history of all the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He is also the author of Tantric Practice in Nyingma, used by thousands of Western students as a guide to the foundational practices.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Zilkar Rinpoche to teach at LHA on Sundays!

I am happy to announce that Zilkar Rinpoche has returned to New Orleans!

He will be giving teachings on Sunday nights 6:30 - 8pm at LHA -- starting this Sunday July 12th. The topic will be on Shantideva's main text, "Guide to the Boddhisattva Way of Life".

621 N. Rendon St.
NOLA 70119

Please call if you have any questions-- 319-5683 or 723-1317.


Zilkar Rinpoche to teach at LHA on Sundays!

I am happy to announce that Zilkar Rinpoche has returned to New Orleans!

He will be giving teachings on Sunday nights 6:30 - 8pm at LHA -- starting this Sunday July 12th. The topic will be on Shantideva's main text, "Guide to the Boddhisattva Way of Life".

621 N. Rendon St.
NOLA 70119

Please call if you have any questions-- 319-5683 or 723-1317.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lama Lakshey Zangpo to teach at LHA Center (New Orleans) Sunday, June 21

On Sunday June 21st at 7pm, Lama Lakshey Zangpo will be giving a talk at the LHA Communtity Center, 623 N. Rendon Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Lama Lakshey, a longtime friend of LHA's, as well as both Chamtrul and Khentrul Rinpoche's, is visiting us from Berkeley California. This talk is being sponsored by LHA and Katog Choling Dharma Center. Lama Lakshey's biography is included below.

Lama Lakshey will also be attending our regular Bodhicitta practice on 10am Sunday at the LHA Community Center. Please come for both the teaching and the practice, and meet Lama Lakshey!

For more information please call or email Shelley at 504.319.3895,

Hope to see you there!

Lama Lakshey Zangpo:

Lakshey Zangpo was born in Eastern Tibet in the region called Golok, which is the home of Madro Tashi Choling Monastery. At the age of 11 he began a formal practice of the Dharma. Lama Lakshey studied and practiced under his main root Guru His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok, receiving Sutra and Tantra teachings for 10 years, from His Holiness Katog Moktsa Rinpoche he received the Katog lineage empowerments and transmissions, and from HH Bontrul Rinpoche various transmissions. He has been formally made a lama at Mardo Tashi Choling Monastery. At the age of 26 he went on pilgrimage for many months to many holy places in Tibet, India, Nepal, Thailand, and China. During this time he also received teachings from many great scholars and practitioners of the Sakya, Geluk, Kagyu, Nyingma and Jonang traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Lakshey Zangpo currently lives in North America and continues to propagate the Buddha Dharma for the benefit of all beings and study the English language.

Friday, June 12, 2009

New Orleans Healing Center Open House Preview

This is a friendly reminder that the Healing Center Open House Preview is tomorrow, Saturday, June 13th, 2009 - 10:00am to 1pm, at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372
St. Claude Avenue. Senator Mary Landrieu, as well as other state and
local leaders, will be making remarks. There will be a free catered
, live music, spoken word, children’s activities, a crafts
bazaar, and other information and activities demonstrating the
services that will be offered at the Healing Center.

The New Orleans Healing Center is an ambitious project aimed at
promoting healing in New Orleans in a holistic, integrated and
sustainable way. It is located on the corner of St. Claude and St.
Roch avenues, where the St. Roch, St. Claude, Marigny and Bywater
neighborhoods come together. The Healing Center will include a yoga
studio, a community theatre, an organic restaurant, NOLA Solar, a
street university, spritual space, a women's center, a crafts bazaar,
art galleries, an organic garden, children's activities, parenting
support, the New Orleans Food Co-op grocery store, and more.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Ven. Zilkar Rinpoche to teach at LHA New Orleans

New Orleans is honored to host Ven. Zilkar Rinpoche, who will teach at the Louisiana Himalaya Association Community Center on Tuesday May 12, 2009, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. LHA is located at 621 N. Rendon St.
(near Bayou St. John, across the street from Easton Park.)

All are welcomed to attend.

Rinpoche will be teaching on Meditation and Anger Management

**Donations will go to the new LHA building in India**

Ven. Zilkar Rinpoche is the throne holder of the Zilkar Monastery in Tibet. Rinpoche has been visiting New Orleans since 2003 to teach and share Tibetan culture. He teaches at various Buddhist centers and Dharma Drum University in Taiwan. Rinpoche has also taught at Gyurmey Tantric College and Sera Mahayana Monastic University in India.

All inquiries may be made to 504-723-1317.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Venerable Lama Wangdor Rinpoche to visit New Orleans

Lama Wangdor Rinpoche, who I have had the pleasure of receiving some meditation instruction from during the summers in India, has agreed to an invitation to visit New Orleans. He is primarily a cave yogi, and wishes to teach meditation to all those who request. He is coming to New Orleans as a leg on a tour of more than forty locations in the West, and has indicated that this may be his last visit to America.

Therefore, we are very pleased to be able to host him in our fair city. His teaching schedule will be as follows:

-Thurs 4/16, 7-9pm @ Louisiana Himalaya Association (LHA) Community Center, 623 N. Rendon Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Teaching will include Guru mantra and 7-line supplication transmission and blessings, and introduction to meditation on the nature of mind. Venue is small, please arrive early if possible.

-Fri 4/17, 7-8:30pm @ Tulane University Lavin-Bernick Center (# 29 on campus map), 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118. Public talk on altruism and introduction to meditation on the nature of mind. Light refreshments will be served.

-Sat 4/18, 10-12am, 2-4pm @ Tulane University Rogers Memorial Chapel (# 73 on campus map), 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118. Seminar on meditation on the nature of mind. Lunch will be provided.

Tulane University Campus Map: cmf or pdf.

The historic New Orleans streetcar runs from the Central Business District next to the French Quarter along St. Charles Avenue to Tulane University. It costs $1.25 to ride and takes 30-40 minutes the whole way.

The buildings will be air-conditioned so people should bring shawls or sweaters as it may be cold. Also, if people prefer to sit on cushions on the ground, they are encouraged to bring their own, as we have a limited number.

These teachings are being sponsored by the Louisiana Himalaya Association, the Tibetan Association of Tulane University, the Tulane School of Social Work Student Government Association Diversity Committee, and the Tulane Law School.

More information, including the rest of Lama Wangdor Rinpoche's teaching schedule can be found at his homepage.

Any questions may be directed to Michael Smith,, 504.377.7642. Can't wait to see y'all there!