Learning Circles

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Learning Circles: Connecting with others for meaningful experiences

Many of us find that when we explore meditation in community that it becomes a richer experience, and we find we keep coming back to the group to feel the deep connection and meaning. At Namchak we seek to provide learning circles with support and tools to create truly fruitful learning environments, apply spiritual insight in a group-oriented, practical way, and ultimately make the world a better place. We encourage you to come together in groups with family and friends to practice meditation, talk together about the ideas and your experiences—your challenges and victories little and big—and share how mindfulness might be impacting your daily lives.

Helping you get started: The Learning Circle Toolkit

Namchak's Learning Circle Toolkit offers new students easy-to-follow steps to start a learning circle, maintain a supportive environment, and enhance Learning Circle facilitation skills. We outline a format and timeline for a group meeting, offer Guiding Questions to help you and your group decide how you'd like to spend the time, and provide links to content and resources to support you. Download the toolkit today!

Lama Tsomo's new book Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? is now available. Consider moving through the book as a group, chewing on concepts and questions together*, or kick off your learning circle by signing up for Namchak's Always Smiling 8-Week eCourse as a group. Subscribe individually and work through questions together at a weekly meeting, or watch the learning videos together at a set time on a weekly basis. Once you're enrolled in the course, you'll receive an invitation to Namchak's closed Facebook Group, where you can share your questions, ideas, and challenges with others as well as Lama Tsomo. 

Other Resources

Skype with Lama Tsomo
Lama Tsomo will meet with Learning Circles via Skype in conjunction with the launch of her new book, Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? The session will include a dharma talk as well as an opportunity for group members to ask questions of Lama Tsomo. Email us to sign up for a slot.
The Namchak blog
Check out excerpts from Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?, teaching videos, and articles at the Namchak blog. Use content for group discussion and questions.*
Connect with other leaders and practitioners
Contact anuradha@namchak.org to find a Namchak mentor or a learning circle near you and connect with other students coming together to meditate and make the world a better place. 
Take on a service project
What’s your unique offering to the world? How can you support both your mind and your community? Bring wisdom, skillful means, and compassion together, and get your group out in the world for a service project. Contact anuradha@namchak.org to get started.
*Purchase of Lama Tsomo’s book, Why is The Dalai Lama Always Smiling?, is not required to participate in the Namchak eCourse or the Learning Circle activities.


Contact Namchak

The Namchak Foundation and Retreat Ranch

Mailing Address:

400 W. Broadway Street
Suite 101-233
Missoula, MT 59802

Office Location:

250 Station Drive
2nd Floor
Missoula, MT 59801

E: info@namchak.org

P: (406) 541-3000

The Namchak Retreat Ranch is located near the town of Hot Springs, Montana in Garcon Gulch. Due to ongoing construction, the ranch is currently closed to the public. We anticipate the ranch opening for retreats in 2018.

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