Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tibetan Cultural Center at Convention Center
(Free and open to the public)
Morial Convention Center Hall G Lobby
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Drepung Loseling Monks Sand Mandala
Morial Convention Center Hall G Lobby
Thursday, May 16,
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Morning Activities
  • Resilience Guided Bus Tour
    New Orleans is a community that has faced its share of trauma. Hurricanes, floods, poverty, racism, crime, oil spills -- we've been through a lot. Unlike any others, our people have overcome and powered through. Join this guided bus tour through the Big Easy's history of resilience. Witness each neighborhood's unique character, and immerse yourself in the myriad reflections of resilience. The resilience tour will be guided by community leaders that have showed connection and compassion through community efforts.
  • Opening the Heart: Arousing the Mind of Universal Kindness
    Presenter: The Mystical Arts of Tibet
    The eighth century Indian master Shantideva said, “The mind of universal kindness is like the magical elizir that turns base metall into gold. It transforms and ordinary person into one of the path of growth and happiness.” Love and kindness are mental archetypes that all beings possess. The more we strengthen them, the more beneficial we become to others and ourselves. Buddhism presents numerous completive techniques for intensifying and enhancing these archetypes, until they archive full maturity and universality.
  • Doing the Work: Recognizing and Building Community Resilience
    Presenter: Dr. Linda Usdin, President of swamplily, LLC
    Where does resilience come from within a community? Are there ways to become a more cohesive and responsive community? With the aid of film clips and dialogue, this workshop will expand our understanding of community character and track when a community takes action and proves its resilience in the face of extreme hardship.
  • Is Mindfulness Enough? An exploration into the reaches of awareness and compassion, from the individual to society.
    Presenter: José Calderón-Abbo, M.D. Clinical Faculty Tulane University Department of Psychiatry, Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington DC.
    Ngawang Legshe, Shastri, LMSW Professor of Tibetan Studies, Tulane University School of Social Work This session explores the broad applications of mindfulness in medicine and society. From the research laboratory to our tables, the halls of schools and the senate, mindfulness in some form is part of our lexicon, our spiritual practices, our daily routines and our aspirations.
  • Shell Shocked: Where compassion and connection come together to create a path towards non-violent, empowered resilience.
    The film Shell Shocked exposes the harsh reality of the culture of gun violence and hopelessness that exists in our cities today. At the heart of the practice of compassion and non-violence is the moment when one is faced with adversity. How do we respond, as an individual and as a community? This film is told from the perspective of the teenagers who are affected most and the mentors that are making a positive difference in the fight. The film explores how we have come to this crisis and offers proactive solutions that anyone can be a part of. The screening will include a panel discussion made up of a mentor, teenagers from the film, a Tulane School of Social Work graduate, a Tibetan monk and the director, John Richie. Q & A will follow.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break (on your own)
12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Depung Loseling Monks Chant
12:50 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Welcoming Celebration
1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. The Resilience of New Orleans
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. “Whatever the Trauma, Community is the Answer,” Margaret Wheatley
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Networking Dinner
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Mardi Gras Indians Performance
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. "Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind,” Dr. Richard Davidson
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tibetan Cultural Center & Sand Mandala at Convention Center
(Free and open to the public)
Morial Convention Center Hall G Lobby
Friday, May 17
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. - 10 a.m. His Holiness the Dalai Lama
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Dr. Richard Davidson
Margaret Wheatley
11:00 a.m. Conference Concludes
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tibetan Cultural Center & Sand Mandala at Convention Center
(Free and open to the public)
Morial Convention Center Hall G Lobby
5:30 p.m. Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony
(Free and open to the public)
Morial Convention Center Hall G Lobby to Mississippi River

In addition to the conference, His Holiness will be speaking at public talks on Friday and Saturday.
Learn more here.

Disclaimer: *Program subject to change