Public Programs


Summer Sounds on the Plaza: Ed Poullard

Thursday, August 13, 7pm, Suggested donation $10
To register, please click HERE.

Ed Poullard’s creole music conjures images of “faisdo dos” in Acadian sugar cane fields on humid nights. Poullard is recognized as the premier creole musician on both sides of the Sabine River, part of a family tradition passed down through generations. Yeti Sunshine is on site selling snowballs, in addition to free beer from Saint Arnolds and snacks. Bring your family, friends, and a blanket, and enjoy a summer night of music!

 
Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions

Quaker Meditation
Wednesday, August 5, 12pm, Suggested donation $10
To register, please click HERE.


The series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel.

 
Summer Sounds on the Plaza: Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws

Thursday, July 16, 7pm, Suggested donation $10
To register, please click HERE.


Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws’ traditional zydeco music, served with a side of contemporary influences, makes your toes tap and your hips swing! With eight CDs to his credit, Step Rideau has been a fixture of zydeco music for almost 20 years. Yeti Sunshine is on site selling snowballs, in addition to free beer from Saint Arnolds and snacks. Bring your family, friends, and a blanket, and enjoy a summer night of music!

 
Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions

Shambhala Meditation
Celeste Budwit-Hunter
Wednesday, July 1, 12pm, Suggested donation $10
To register, please click HERE
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The word for meditation in Sanskrit is “shamatha” which means “peacefully abiding.” Peacefully abiding describes the mind as it naturally is. The word “peace” tells the whole story. The human mind is by nature joyous, calm and very clear. In shamatha meditation we aren’t creating a peaceful state, we’re letting our mind be as it is naturally. Celeste Budwit-Hunter, MA, LMFTA, has studied Shambhala Buddhism for 25 years. An advanced student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, she teaches programs at the Houston Shambhala Meditation Center. In her professional life, Celeste works as a manager of a technical writing company, sees clients in family therapy, and speaks to audiences on stress management, resilience, and self-worth. The series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel.

 
Summer Solstice Observation

Sunday, June 21, Suggested donation $10
To register for 6:20am sunrise Tibetan yoga practice, please click HERE.
To register for 8:25pm sunset Kaminari Taiko of Houston drumming performance, please click HERE.

In observation of the Summer Solstice, the Rothko Chapel will be open from sunrise to sunset (approximately 6:20am-8:25pm). In addition, the Chapel hosts a sunrise Tibetan yoga practice, and taiko drumming at sunset.

To welcome the solstice, Alejandro Chaoul of the Ligmincha Texas Center for the Meditative & Healing Arts leads a Tibetan yoga practice full of movements that focus on the chakras, clear the gross and subtle obstacles, allow a state of mind that connects to ourselves and others, and offers good intentions to all sentient beings.

Kaminari Taiko of Houston, a Japanese drumming ensemble, marks the end of the longest day of the year. "Taiko" is a Japanese word for drum. The art of taiko carries deep significance in Japanese culture. Samurai warriors used taiko on the battlefield to signal commands and frighten their enemies. Townspeople warned of danger by beating on taiko, and priests used taiko at religious ceremonies to communicate with the gods. Temples and shrines throughout Japan display taiko as a symbol of purification and to dispel evil spirits.

Kaminari Taiko was founded in 1996 by Jay Mochizuki along with a number of talented musicians from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. The members diligently trained under world acclaimed Taiko Masters such as: Daihachi Oguchi, Seiichi Tanaka, Kenny Endo and Takemasa Ishikura to learn the fundamental skills, philosophy and spirit of this centuries old Japanese tradition.

 
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