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:
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.
OakStop | 274 14th Street | Oakland, CA 94612 | Map
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
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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.
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”