Tibetan Buddhism and Namchak Lineage

What is Buddhist practice?

Many students of Buddhism view the practices less as a religion and more as a way of being in the world.

While most contemporary mindfulness techniques originated from Buddhism, today people from all sorts of religious backgrounds—and no religious background—practice meditation. Why? Because they see the benefits in the form of decreased stress, enhanced creativity, better focus, and improved relationships with other people and with their inner selves.

There are hundreds of branches of Buddhism. Within Tibetan (also called Vajrayana) Buddhism, Nyingma is a major branch, and Namchak is a small lineage within it. 

What makes Vajrayana different?

Vajrayana Buddhism differs from the other vehicles of Buddhism in two primary ways:

Practitioners approach working with negative emotions in a different manner.

Teachings are offered only through a qualified teacher, usually a lama (like a minister or rabbi), who carries a particular lineage, or tradition, carefully handed down through the centuries.


Gochen Tulku Sangak (sometimes spelled “Sang-Ngag”) Rinpoche is the world lineage holder in the Namchak tradition. Rinpoche received authority to teach the Namchak lineage first from masters in Tibet, then from a master named Pedgyal Lingpa before coming to the United States in 1994. Now he and our translation committee are working to translate the 33 volumes of the Namchak lineage from Tibetan into English.

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