Tibetan Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Scholar

Alejandro Chaoul, PhD.

Meditation is the Medicine of the Mind ~ Applications for Health and Education
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Biography

Dr. Alejandro Chaoul is a Senior Teacher of The 3 Doors, an international organization founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche with the goal of transforming lives through meditation. Alejandro has studied in the TIbetan tradition since 1989, and for over 20 years with Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, completing the 7-year training at Ligmincha Institute in 2000. He also holds a PhD in Tibetan religions from Rice University.

Since 1995, he has been teaching meditation classes and Tibetan Yoga (Tsa Lung & Trul Khor) workshops nationally and internationally under the auspices of Ligmincha Institute and is on the Board of the Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan meditative and healing arts.

In 1999 he began teaching these techniques at the Integrative Medicine Program of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, where he holds a faculty position and for the last fifteen years conducts research on the effect of these practices in people with cancer. He is also an associate faculty member at The University of Texas’ McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. Alejandro is also the author of Chod Practice in the Bon Tradition (Snow Lion, 2009).

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Events

Upcoming events with Alejandro - to register for any of these teachings, please contact the coordinator indicated.

March 2017

March 2 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
Jung Center of Houston

Sacred Sound Series: Tibetan Sound Meditation

How have sound and music contributed to transcendental, spiritual, and religious experiences? Music is an element of human culture that is found, in varying forms, all over the world. From emotional expression, to rhythm in ritual, to mental clarity during contemplative practice, sound and music have played diverse roles in establishing the numinous in daily life.

Special Series curated by Zoe Tao, McMillan Institute Intern

Receive an introduction to a contemplative practice with Tibetan sounds. Guided sound and meditation exercises will be followed by explanations of the functions of these sacred techniques.

More info…

March 24 – March 26 / TBA
La Guácima, Alajuela, Costa Rica

El Trul Khor Del Atri

El Atri (A-khrid) es una de las corrientes de enseñanzas Dzogchen que existen en el Bon budismo. El Trul Khor del Atri que aprenderemos con el Dr. Chaoul es un yoga tibetano condensado por Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.

En las tradiciones de sabiduría tibetanas, el cuerpo, la energía y la mente se conocen como las tres puertas a la iluminación. Los movimientos físicos contemplativos del yoga tibetano (trul khor) nos permiten entrar en las tres puertas a la vez, a través de una sola práctica, ofreciendo un poderoso y hábil medio para eliminar los obstáculos a la apertura y claridad en la práctica de la meditación.

*Viernes 24 de Marzo: Universidad Creativa, San José
*Sábado 25 y Domingo 26 de Marzo: La Guácima, Alajuela

*Para confirmar asistencia y más información sobre el evento:
8884-7566 / Oscar Jiménez

Más información…

March 31 – April 2
Ligmincha Texas, Houston TX

Ligmincha Texas Annual Retreat – Chamma and Tsa Lung
with Geshe Denma Gyaltsen and Alejandro Chaoul

5316 Bellaire Blvd. Houston TX
More info…

April 2017

April 8
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Asociacion Argentina de Medicina Integrativa
El sábado 8 de abril, Alejandro Chaoul Reich brindara un seminario de actualización en Oncologia Integrativa. Las inscripciones se encuentran abiertas.
Más información, llamanos al +54 11 4788 4929 o escribinos a secretaria@medicinaintegra, tiva.org.ar

Apr. 14 – 15, 2017
Stanford University, California

4th Annual Symposium on Western and Tibetan Medicine: Integrative Approaches to Pain Management
Research on Integrative Medicine and Integrative Approaches to the Management of Pain

Continuing the mission of Western and Tibetan Medicine symposium series is designed to bring people together who are dedicated to improving the human condition and using their medical training to care for people from different systems of medicine, with a focus on Western and Tibetan Medicine. Clinicians, healthcare professionals, physicians, researchers and educators with expertise in promoting health through changes in mental and physical pain management will participate in the symposium with the goal of sharing their perspectives.
More info…

April 22-26
Cincinnati, Ohio

Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health (The Consortium)
Hilton Netherland Plaza

April 20 | 6:00pm-8:00pm
Jung Center of Houston, Houston TX

An Evening of Tea and Meditation

Join Alejandro Chaoul and Chris McKann in an engaging lecture, meditation, and tea tasting. The practice of drinking tea can be deeply contemplative and a complement to a meditative practice. Along with learning and experiencing the different varieties and benefits of tea, participants will learn a simple, take-home technique for a meditation that can become an everyday practice, especially to cool down mentally and emotionally. Meditative tea drinking offers an easy opportunity to integrate a calm and aware state of mind into your daily activities. Note to students who attended previous “Evenings of Tea and Meditation:” This evening will be similar but not a repetition.

with Chris McKann and Alejandro Chaoul

Chris McKann, owner of The Path of Tea, has participated in more than 1,000 tea tastings in the past five years.

More info…

April 28-30 – Cancelled due to weather
Esalen, Big Sur, CA

Meditation as the Medicine of the Mind: Research, Practice and Self-Transformation – with Alejandro Chaoul and Lorenzo Cohen

Does meditation have power to heal the body? In their research together at The Integrative Medicine Program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Lorenzo Cohen and Alejandro Chaoul examine the biobehavioral effects of mind-body interventions such as meditation, yoga, and t’ai chi. They are interested in quality of life as well as the clinical outcomes of those undergoing cancer treatments, and they work to get the population as a whole engaged in mind-body practices to improve health and well-being.

This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

Recommended reading: Rinpoche, Tenzin Wangyal, Tibetan Sounds Healing.

More info…

June 2017

June 16-17
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY

CHAPTER 2 – a cancer survivor’s workshop for living your best life.

More info …

July 2017

July 12 – 16
Tara Mandala, Pagosa Springs CO

First International Chöd-Zhije Conference

This Historic First International Chöd-Zhije Conference will draw together leading scholars and practitioners researching and teaching this unique lineage in its various manifestations. Keynotes, panel discussions, and small group sessions will be held. They will explore the teachings of 11th century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön and her teacher, the renowned Indian yogi Padampa Sangye, the developments of the lineage over the last millennium, the role of women, as well as the application of these teachings to our modern world. Dharma teachings and performances of Chöd songs and dances will foster a rich and engaged experience. Follow-up retreats will offer the opportunity to learn some of the different Chöd practices.

More info…

July 22 | 2:00pm3:30pm
Asia Society, Houston TX

Workshop: Mandalas and the Human Spirit, Part I

Join us for a creative exploration of these timeless sacred circles. Stemming from the Sanskrit word for circle, mandalas historically have played an important role in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice and have taken on new significance in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Through creative exercises, meditation practice, and conversation, we will explore the history and contemporary use of mandalas and some of the questions that arise from putting ancient spiritual tools to new purposes.

For educators, this workshop will count as 1.5 Continuing Education (CE) hours.

More info…

November 2017

November 2–5, 2017
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Shipman, VA

Trul Khor Retreat: Tibetan Yoga Part 1

Beginners and experienced students alike are invited to join us November 2–5 for instruction in the ancient practice of Tibetan yoga, from the Bön A-tri Dzogchen tradition. This course can stand alone and also will be the first in a series of teachings to take place over the next three years.

Tibetan yoga can serve as a powerful support for all spiritual practitioners, not only those with an interest in physical yogas. In the Tibetan spiritual traditions, body, speech/breath and mind are known as the three doors to enlightenment.The contemplative physical movements of Tibetan yoga (trul khor) enable us to enter all three doors at once through a single practice, offering a powerful, skillful means for clearing the obstacles and obscurations to openness and clarity in meditation practice.

More info …

USA – California

Apr. 14 – 15, 2017
Stanford University, California

4th Annual Symposium on Western and Tibetan Medicine: Integrative Approaches to Pain Management
Research on Integrative Medicine and Integrative Approaches to the Management of Pain

Continuing the mission of Western and Tibetan Medicine symposium series is designed to bring people together who are dedicated to improving the human condition and using their medical training to care for people from different systems of medicine, with a focus on Western and Tibetan Medicine. Clinicians, healthcare professionals, physicians, researchers and educators with expertise in promoting health through changes in mental and physical pain management will participate in the symposium with the goal of sharing their perspectives.
More info…

April 28-30 – Cancelled due to weather
Esalen, Big Sur, CA

Meditation as the Medicine of the Mind: Research, Practice and Self-Transformation – with Alejandro Chaoul and Lorenzo Cohen

During this workshop, in a vivid and interactive dialogue with the participants, Chaoul and Cohen will discuss the negative effects of chronic stress in our lives and the new frontier of mind-body medicine. They will focus on the landmark studies showing that practices such as meditation and yoga can change the way the brain functions and ultimately affect all systems of the body. Engaging in mind-body practices can lead to neuroplasticity (changes that occur in the organization of the brain as a result of experience) and improved well-being. Participants will be shown key mind-body practices for everyday life.

This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

Recommended reading: Rinpoche, Tenzin Wangyal, Tibetan Sounds Healing.

More info…

USA – Colorado

July 12 – 16
Tara Mandala, Pagosa Springs CO

First International Chöd-Zhije Conference

This Historic First International Chöd-Zhije Conference will draw together leading scholars and practitioners researching and teaching this unique lineage in its various manifestations. Keynotes, panel discussions, and small group sessions will be held. They will explore the teachings of 11th century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön and her teacher, the renowned Indian yogi Padampa Sangye, the developments of the lineage over the last millennium, the role of women, as well as the application of these teachings to our modern world. Dharma teachings and performances of Chöd songs and dances will foster a rich and engaged experience. Follow-up retreats will offer the opportunity to learn some of the different Chöd practices.

More info…

USA – Ohio

April 22-26
Cincinnati, Ohio

Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health (The Consortium)
Hilton Netherland Plaza

USA – New York

June 16-17
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY

CHAPTER 2 – a cancer survivor’s workshop for living your best life.

More info …

USA – Texas

March 2 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
Jung Center of Houston

Sacred Sound Series: Tibetan Sound Meditation

How have sound and music contributed to transcendental, spiritual, and religious experiences? Music is an element of human culture that is found, in varying forms, all over the world. From emotional expression, to rhythm in ritual, to mental clarity during contemplative practice, sound and music have played diverse roles in establishing the numinous in daily life.

Special Series curated by Zoe Tao, McMillan Institute Intern

Receive an introduction to a contemplative practice with Tibetan sounds. Guided sound and meditation exercises will be followed by explanations of the functions of these sacred techniques.

March 31 – April 2
Ligmincha Texas, Houston TX

Ligmincha Texas Annual Retreat – Chamma and Tsa Lung
with Geshe Denma Gyaltsen and Alejandro Chaoul

5316 Bellaire Blvd. Houston TX
More info…

April 20 | 6:00pm-8:00pm
Jung Center of Houston, Houston TX

An Evening of Tea and Meditation

Join Alejandro Chaoul and Chris McKann in an engaging lecture, meditation, and tea tasting. The practice of drinking tea can be deeply contemplative and a complement to a meditative practice. Along with learning and experiencing the different varieties and benefits of tea, participants will learn a simple, take-home technique for a meditation that can become an everyday practice, especially to cool down mentally and emotionally. Meditative tea drinking offers an easy opportunity to integrate a calm and aware state of mind into your daily activities. Note to students who attended previous “Evenings of Tea and Meditation:” This evening will be similar but not a repetition.

with Chris McKann and Alejandro Chaoul

Chris McKann, owner of The Path of Tea, has participated in more than 1,000 tea tastings in the past five years.

More info…

July 22 | 2:00pm3:30pm
Asia Society, Houston TX

Workshop: Mandalas and the Human Spirit, Part I

Join us for a creative exploration of these timeless sacred circles. Stemming from the Sanskrit word for circle, mandalas historically have played an important role in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice and have taken on new significance in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Through creative exercises, meditation practice, and conversation, we will explore the history and contemporary use of mandalas and some of the questions that arise from putting ancient spiritual tools to new purposes.

For educators, this workshop will count as 1.5 Continuing Education (CE) hours.

More info…

USA – Virgina

November 2–5, 2017
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Shipman, VA

Trul Khor Retreat: Tibetan Yoga Part 1

Beginners and experienced students alike are invited to join us November 2–5 for instruction in the ancient practice of Tibetan yoga, from the Bön A-tri Dzogchen tradition. This course can stand alone and also will be the first in a series of teachings to take place over the next three years.

Tibetan yoga can serve as a powerful support for all spiritual practitioners, not only those with an interest in physical yogas. In the Tibetan spiritual traditions, body, speech/breath and mind are known as the three doors to enlightenment.The contemplative physical movements of Tibetan yoga (trul khor) enable us to enter all three doors at once through a single practice, offering a powerful, skillful means for clearing the obstacles and obscurations to openness and clarity in meditation practice.

More info …

Argentina

April 8
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Asociacion Argentina de Medicina Integrativa
El sábado 8 de abril, Alejandro Chaoul Reich brindara un seminario de actualización en Oncologia Integrativa. Las inscripciones se encuentran abiertas.
Más información, llamanos al +54 11 4788 4929 o escribinos a secretaria@medicinaintegra, tiva.org.ar

Costa Rica

March 24 – March 26 / TBA
La Guácima, Alajuela, Costa Rica

El Trul Khor Del Atri

El Atri (A-khrid) es una de las corrientes de enseñanzas Dzogchen que existen en el Bon budismo. El Trul Khor del Atri que aprenderemos con el Dr. Chaoul es un yoga tibetano condensado por Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.

En las tradiciones de sabiduría tibetanas, el cuerpo, la energía y la mente se conocen como las tres puertas a la iluminación. Los movimientos físicos contemplativos del yoga tibetano (trul khor) nos permiten entrar en las tres puertas a la vez, a través de una sola práctica, ofreciendo un poderoso y hábil medio para eliminar los obstáculos a la apertura y claridad en la práctica de la meditación.

*Viernes 24 de Marzo: Universidad Creativa, San José
*Sábado 25 y Domingo 26 de Marzo: La Guácima, Alajuela

*Para confirmar asistencia y más información sobre el evento:
8884-7566 / Oscar Jiménez

Más información…

 

Houston Academic and Medical

1, Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Tibetan Bon Meditation – Group Classes for anyone touched by cancer (patients, family, and caregivers)

Held every Tuesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Relax and access a deeper awareness through connecting the mind, body, and heart, through breath, sound and movement practices. Class method rotates weekly and consists of: Power of Breath, Sacred Sounds, Movement & Breath (9:30-11 a.m.).

Please see calendar for details or contact our clinic at 713-794-4700
More info…Meditation page |  Audio and Video Archive

2, The University of Texas McGovern School of Medicine
Meditation for medical students, staff & faculty
Jesse Jones Library (JJL) 410 Conference Room
Mondays 12:15-12:45 pm
for more information email: alechaoul@gmail.com

3, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Faculty Health Meditation
Wednesdays 12:15-12:45 pm
for more information email: machaoul@mdanderson.org

Meditation and Daily Life – Free class for anyone touched by cancer
Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm at Mays Clinic
To register please call: 713-794-4700
www.mdanderson.org/integrativemedcenter

4, UT Health
Monthly meditations will be held the second Wednesday of each month from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the University Center Tower (UCT), in UCT 1505C.
For more information, please contact Julie.A.VanOrden@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-3394.

5, School of Dentistry (SOD)
Meditation three times per month on Fridays. 1to 12:45 p.m. in room SOD 4330. Reservations are not required. For more information about School of Dentistry’s meditation sessions, please contact Nicole Chapman at Nicole.Chapman@uth.tmc.edu or 713-468-4532.

Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan Meditative & Healing Arts

Meditation, Movement, Breathing and Sacred Sound Practices – Now also with our resident lama, Geshe Denma Gyalstsen

Every Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm

Our Wednesday sessions consist of the following set of practices:

The Nine Breathings of Purification
Tsa Lung (Tibetan Yoga)
The 5 Warrior Syllables
Silent Meditation
Recitation of the 3 Heart Mantras
Recitation of the Precious Garland Bardo Prayer
The Invocation of Yeshe Walmo
Dedication of Merit

These sessions are open to the public.
Please contact us at info@ligminchatexas.org for details.

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