Events

6:30 pm
Mar
08
2019

True Connection: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Love and compassion aren’t just feelings—they are capacities we all have the ability to cultivate. Yet the trappings of modern times often distract us. How can we open our hearts to experience an expansive sense of love and true connection?

By engaging The Four Boundless Qualities, known in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as the path to cultivate a limitless heart, we can experience a level of awareness in which isolation and the sense of separation dissolves and we feel our natural connection to one another and to the world.

During this intimate weekend retreat, meditation teacher and award-winning author Lama Tsomo will introduce you to these ancient teachings in a modern way. You’ll learn meditation practices focused on each of the four qualities:

  • Compassion

  • Loving-kindness

  • Sympathetic Joy

  • Equanimity

These practices can be easily incorporated into everyday life, empowering you to open your heart, remove ill will, and live a happier life.

This retreat is suitable for anyone who wants to bring more peace and connection to their life. No previous meditation experience required.

 

Location:

OakStop | 274 14th Street | Oakland, CA 94612 | Map

 

Schedule:

March 8th-10th, 2019

Friday, March 8: 6:30 – 9 pm

  • Introduction to The Four Boundless Qualities
  • Compassion practice (Tonglen) 

Saturday, March 9: 10 am – 6 pm

  • Shamata practice
  • Introduction to Sympathetic Joy and Loving-kindness
  • Science of meditation 

Sunday, March 10: 10 am – 5 pm

  • Introduction to Equanimity
  • Incorporating these practices into everyday life
  • Group reflection
  • Methods for living boundless

 

REGISTER HERE >>

 

Tuition:

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact Jessica@namchak.org

$200 general admission* or $100 if attending your first Namchak weekend workshop. 

$100 for students and 65+ seniors 

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are available. For more information, please contact Jessica@namchak.org

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided. Lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises for lunch nearby.

 

About Lama Tsomo:

Lama Tsomo is an American lama, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation. She followed a path of spiritual inquiry and study that ultimately led to her ordination as one of the few American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Tsomo learned Tibetan to study with her teacher Gochen Tulku Sangak* Rinpoche, and now shares the teachings of the Namchak lineage in the US and abroad. Lama Tsomo holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is the author of the award-winning book, “Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice.” She is passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change.

 

About Namchak:

Namchak brings ancient meditation practices to modern life through online learning, in-person retreats, and a vibrant community guided by Tibetan masters and Western teachers. We support students on every step of the path, from those exploring mindfulness for the first time to more experienced students looking to deepen their practice. We offer a variety of learning programs, including in-person teaching, small group learning, online courses, and soon-to-be-established residential retreats at the Namchak Retreat Ranch in western Montana. 

*sometimes spelled “Sang-Ngag”

 

6:30 pm
Mar
15
2019

True Connection: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Love and compassion aren’t just feelings—they are capacities we all have the ability to cultivate. Yet the trappings of modern times often distract us. How can we open our hearts to experience an expansive sense of love and true connection?

By engaging The Four Boundless Qualities, known in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as the path to cultivate a limitless heart, we can experience a level of awareness in which isolation and the sense of separation dissolves and we feel our natural connection to one another and to the world.

During this intimate weekend retreat, meditation teacher and award-winning author Lama Tsomo will introduce you to these ancient teachings in a modern way. You’ll learn meditation practices focused on each of the four qualities:

  • Compassion

  • Loving-kindness

  • Sympathetic Joy

  • Equanimity

These practices can be easily incorporated into everyday life, empowering you to open your heart, remove ill will, and live a happier life.

This retreat is suitable for anyone who wants to bring more peace and connection to their life. No previous meditation experience required.

 

Location:

Here Now Space | 132 Perry Street, 2B N | New York, NY 10014 | Map

 

Schedule:

Friday, March 15: 6:30 – 9 pm

  • Introduction to The Four Boundless Qualities
  • Compassion practice (Tonglen) 

Saturday, March 16: 10 am – 6 pm

  • Shamata practice
  • Introduction to Sympathetic Joy and Loving-kindness
  • Science of meditation 

Sunday, March 17: 10 am – 5 pm

  • Introduction to Equanimity
  • Incorporating these practices into everyday life
  • Group reflection
  • Methods for living boundless

 

REGISTER HERE >>

 

Tuition:

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact Jessica@namchak.org

$200 general admission* or $100 if attending your first Namchak weekend workshop. 

$100 for students and 65+ seniors 

Workstudy positions are available as well - contact alley@namchak.org for more info.

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are available. For more information, please contact Jessica@namchak.org

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided. Lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises for lunch nearby.

 

About Lama Tsomo:

Lama Tsomo is an American lama, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation. She followed a path of spiritual inquiry and study that ultimately led to her ordination as one of the few American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Tsomo learned Tibetan to study with her teacher Gochen Tulku Sangak* Rinpoche, and now shares the teachings of the Namchak lineage in the US and abroad. Lama Tsomo holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is the author of the award-winning book, “Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice.” She is passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change.

 

About Namchak:

Namchak brings ancient meditation practices to modern life through online learning, in-person retreats, and a vibrant community guided by Tibetan masters and Western teachers. We support students on every step of the path, from those exploring mindfulness for the first time to more experienced students looking to deepen their practice. We offer a variety of learning programs, including in-person teaching, small group learning, online courses, and soon-to-be-established residential retreats at the Namchak Retreat Ranch in western Montana. 

*sometimes spelled “Sang-Ngag”

 

4:00 pm
Mar
31
2019

Meditation Coaching Call with Lama Tsomo

Have questions about your practice or just want to come together with others sharing their journey? Join us for an intimate group call, where students receive personal attention from Lama Tsomo, to discuss their practice, their lives, and the relationship between the two.

The call takes place at 3 pm PT/4 pm MT/5 pm CT/6 pm ET

 

REGISTER >>

12:00 am
Apr
05
2019

Shamata, The Tibetan Buddhist practice of Calm Abiding

This spring, take a weekend to slow down, find your center and experience the joy available in all seasons. Join Tibetan master teacher and scholar, Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate weekend meditation retreat focused on the foundational practice of Calm Abiding meditation, or Shamata.

The Shamata retreat will be a blend of teaching and practice with the aim of cultivating more calm and center in your life. In his profound yet humorous style, Khen Rinpoche will teach you how to build the backbone of your meditation practice and provide tangible ways to embody compassion, joy, and courage so you show up as your best self at work, home, and in relationships.

This retreat is perfect for beginner and experienced meditators alike!

LOCATION:

OakStop | 274 14th Street | Oakland, CA 94612 | Map

SCHEDULE:

April 5th - 7th, 2019

Friday: 6:30 – 9pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 10am – 5pm

What to expect from this retreat:

  • An exploration of Shamata practice

  • Guided meditations

  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life

  • Opportunity to ask questions of a Tibetan master

TUITION:

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact Jessica@namchak.org.

  • $100 if first time at a Namchak weekend workshop
  • $100 for 65+ seniors and students
  • $200 general admission
  • Workstudy positions are also available

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact Jessica@namchak.org for more information.

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the retreat to eat lunch nearby.

REGISTER HERE >>

ABOUT THE TEACHERS:

Khen Rinpoche completed the study of all the Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions and the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous master teachers. He also completed an additional nine years of rigorous training and served at the Namdroling monastery for several years. Enthroned as Khenpo by HH Penor Rinpoche, he taught at the Shedras of Ringo Tulku and Shechen Monastery for many years. Khen Rinpoche strictly abides by his precepts in everyday life and is diligent in his practice. He visits and teaches around the world, including the Namchak Foundation and the Namchak Retreat Ranch in Montana, as well as in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other locations. While in the U.S., he resides and meditates at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana.

ABOUT NAMCHAK:

Namchak brings ancient meditation practices to modern life through online learning, in-person retreat, and a vibrant community guided by Tibetan masters and Western teachers. We support students on every step of the path, from those exploring mindfulness for the first time to more experienced students looking to deepen their practice. We offer a variety of learning programs, including in-person teaching, small group learning, online courses, and soon-to-be established residential retreats at the Namchak Retreat Ranch in western Montana.

12:00 am
Apr
12
2019

Vipassana: The Tibetan Buddhist Practice of Sublime Seeing

Join Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate weekend meditation retreat focused on the simple, time-tested practice of insight meditation or Vipassana. If mindfulness meditation (or Shamata) is like mowing down the weeds as they crop up in our minds, we can use insight meditation (Vipassana) to pull them out by the roots. We do this by penetrating through the appearances of things, to the essential nature of the outer world we’re perceiving, and the essential nature of the perceiver—ourselves.

Spend your weekend learning this time honored and scientifically proven technique to gain real freedom by stepping ever more into your true self.

LOCATION:

Oakstop | 274 14th Street | Oakland, CA 94612 | Map

SCHEDULE:

April 12th - 14th, 2019

Friday: 6:30 – 9pm 

Saturday 10am – 5pm 

Sunday 10am – 5pm

What to expect from this meditation retreat:

  • Guided meditations  

  • An Examination of The Why & The What of Vipassana Meditation 

  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life

  • Continued support and guidance from Lama Tsomo following the conclusion of the retreat.

TUITION: 

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact Jessica@namchak.org. 

  • $200 general admission* or 

  • $100 if first time at a Namchak weekend workshop 

  • $100 for 65+ seniors and students

  • Work-study available. 

 
Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact Jessica@namchak.org for more information. 

This retreat is appropriate for those with a daily mindfulness practice. If you are new to meditation – get started now, join our eCourse at www.namchak.org.

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises to eat lunch nearby.

ABOUT THE TEACHERS:

Khen Rinpoche completed the study of all the Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions and the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous great teachers. He also completed the nine years of rigorous training and served at the Namdroling monastery for several years. Enthroned as Khenpo by HH Penor Rinpoche, he taught at the Shedras of Ringo Tulku and Shechen Monastery for many years, as was instructed. Khen Rinpoche strictly abides by his precepts in everyday life and is diligent in his practice. He visits and teaches a variety of places around the world, including the Namchak Foundation and the Namchak Retreat Ranch, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other locations. While in the U.S., he resides and meditates at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana. 

 

12:00 am
May
03
2019

Shamata: The Tibetan Buddhist Practice of Calm Abiding

This spring, take a weekend to slow down, find your center and experience the joy available in all seasons. Join Tibetan master teacher and scholar, Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate weekend meditation retreat focused on the foundational practice of Calm Abiding meditation, or Shamata.

The Shamata retreat will be a blend of teaching and practice with the aim of cultivating more calm and center in your life. In his profound yet humorous style, Khen Rinpoche will teach you how to build the backbone of your meditation practice and provide tangible ways to embody compassion, joy, and courage so you show up as your best self at work, home, and in relationships.

This retreat is perfect for beginner and experienced meditators alike!

LOCATION:

New York, NY 10013 | TBA

SCHEDULE:

May 3rd - 5th, 2019

Friday: 6:30 – 9pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm

What to expect from this retreat:

  • An exploration of Shamata practice

  • Guided meditations

  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life

  • Opportunity to ask questions of a Tibetan master

TUITION:

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact Jessica@namchak.org.

  • $100 if first time at a Namchak weekend workshop
  • $100 for 65+ seniors and students
  • $200 general admission
  • Workstudy positions are also available

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact Jessica@namchak.org for more information.

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the retreat to eat lunch nearby.

REGISTER HERE >>

ABOUT THE TEACHERS:

Khen Rinpoche completed the study of all the Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions and the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous master teachers. He also completed an additional nine years of rigorous training and served at the Namdroling monastery for several years. Enthroned as Khenpo by HH Penor Rinpoche, he taught at the Shedras of Ringo Tulku and Shechen Monastery for many years. Khen Rinpoche strictly abides by his precepts in everyday life and is diligent in his practice. He visits and teaches around the world, including the Namchak Foundation and the Namchak Retreat Ranch in Montana, as well as in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other locations. While in the U.S., he resides and meditates at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana.

ABOUT NAMCHAK:

Namchak brings ancient meditation practices to modern life through online learning, in-person retreat, and a vibrant community guided by Tibetan masters and Western teachers. We support students on every step of the path, from those exploring mindfulness for the first time to more experienced students looking to deepen their practice. We offer a variety of learning programs, including in-person teaching, small group learning, online courses, and soon-to-be established residential retreats at the Namchak Retreat Ranch in western Montana.

12:00 am
May
10
2019

Vipassana: Tibetan Style

Join Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate weekend meditation retreat focusing on a practice that will help clear your filter and get to the essence of your true self. This retreat will focus on the simple, time-tested practice of insight meditation or Vipassana.  If mindfulness meditation (or Shamata) is like mowing down the weeds as they crop up in our minds, we can use insight meditation (Vipassana) to pull them out by the roots. We do this by penetrating through the appearances of things, to the essential nature of the outer world we’re perceiving, and the essential nature of the perceiver—ourselves.

Spend a weekend learning this time honored and scientifically proven technique to gain real freedom by stepping ever more into your true self.

LOCATION:

New York, NY 10022 | TBA

SCHEDULE:

May 10th - 12th, 2019

Friday: 6:30 – 9:00pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 10am – 5pm

What to expect from this meditation retreat:

  • Guided meditations 
     
  • An Examination of The Why & The What of Vipassana Meditation
     
  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life
     
  • Continued support and guidance from Lama Tsomos following the conclusion of the retreat.


REGISTER NOW >>

TUITION:

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact Jessica@namchak.org.

  • 200 general admission*
  • $100 if first time at a Namchak weekend workshop
  • $100 for 65+ seniors and students
  • Work-study options available as well!

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact Jessica@namchak.org for more information.

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises to eat lunch nearby.

4:00 pm
May
19
2019

Meditation Coaching Call with Lama Tsomo

Have questions about your practice or just want to come together with others sharing their journey? Join us for an intimate group call, where students receive personal attention from Lama Tsomo, to discuss their practice, their lives, and the relationship between the two.

The call takes place at 3 pm PT/4 pm MT/5 pm CT/6 pm ET

REGISTER >>

 

4:00 pm
Jun
30
2019

Meditation Coaching Call with Lama Tsomo

Have questions about your practice or just want to come together with others sharing their journey? Join us for an intimate group call, where students receive personal attention from Lama Tsomo, to discuss their practice, their lives, and the relationship between the two.

The call takes place at 3 pm PT/4 pm MT/5 pm CT/6 pm ET

REGISTER >>

4:00 pm
Sep
08
2019

Meditation Coaching Call with Lama Tsomo

Have questions about your practice or just want to come together with others sharing their journey? Join us for an intimate group call, where students receive personal attention from Lama Tsomo, to discuss their practice, their lives, and the relationship between the two.

The call takes place at 3 pm PT/4 pm MT/5 pm CT/6 pm ET

REGISTER >>

4:00 pm
Oct
13
2019

Meditation Coaching Call with Lama Tsomo

Have questions about your practice or just want to come together with others sharing their journey? Join us for an intimate group call, where students receive personal attention from Lama Tsomo, to discuss their practice, their lives, and the relationship between the two.

The call takes place at  3 pm PT/4 pm MT/5 pm CT/6 pm ET

REGISTER >>

4:00 pm
Dec
15
2019

Meditation Coaching Call with Lama Tsomo

Have questions about your practice or just want to come together with others sharing their journey? Join us for an intimate group call, where students receive personal attention from Lama Tsomo, to discuss their practice, their lives, and the relationship between the two.

The call takes place at 3 pm PT/4 pm MT/5 pm CT/6 pm ET

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