Namchak offers learning opportunities in Tibetan Buddhist practice for students at every level, from beginners to experienced practitioners. From online learning to live stream teachings and retreats, we have a number of ways for people to learn from Tibetan and Western masters.

Students can select their course of study from a variety of programs:

  • Online courses and books geared toward beginning students
  • Live stream and in-person teachings offer a mix of introductory and intermediate material.
  • For experienced meditation students looking to explore a deeper Vajrayana path of Buddhism, we offer a two-year non-residential learning program and will soon offer opportunities for retreat

For both beginning students and experienced meditators, our programs are presented through the three jewels of Buddhism: buddha (the teacher), dharma (the teachings), sangha (community).

Introduction to meditation

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Our Teachers

Esteemed Tibetan master Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche the spiritual director of the Namchak Foundation, the world lineage holder of the Namchak lineage, and a “high lama” who specializes in advanced practices. Rinpoche’s brother and dharma heir, Namckak Khenpo Rinpoche Ngawang Gelek, is a Tibetan-born scholar who teaches all levels of students. Rinpoche and Khen Rinpoche’s brother, Namchak Dorje Lopön Choeji Lodoe is also a teacher in the Namchak lineage. Lama Sangak Yeshe Tsomo, author of Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? is a Western-born teacher who specializes in offering accessible and lively introduction to Tibetan Buddhist practice. Read more »

Always Smiling

An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Practice

Sign up today! Taught by Lama Tsomo in her accessible and playful style, this eCourse is designed for people curious about meditation and its benefits. Students will receive an introduction in Buddhism, gain access to meaningful self-reflective exercises, and be introduced to meditation practices that have been used for thousands of years. 

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Ancient Wisdom Engaged: A Learning Program

This two-year non-residential program offers students a deep introduction to Vajrayana practice. Namchak lamas and Western masters will train and support students as they assume mentorship roles within our growing community. 

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Why Is the Dalai Lama

Always Smiling?

An introduction and guide to Tibetan Buddhist practice by Lama Tsomo

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Book Cover: Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?