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. We offer online courses and books geared toward beginning students, while our live stream and in-person teachings offer a mix of introductory and intermediate material. For experienced students of meditation who are looking to explore a deeper Vajrayana path of Buddhism, we currently offer a two-year non-residential learning program and will soon offer opportunities for retreat

Our Teachers

Esteemed Tibetan master Gochen Tulku Sangak (sometimes spelled “Sang-Ngag”) 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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Featured Teaching

In this 15-minute session, Lama Tsomo and her students demonstrate how to put three foundational meditation practices together into a Round Robin session. First, Tsomo leads a short “Clearing the Stale Energies” meditation, which is a pranayama or breath practice designed to clear the mind for meditation. Then, she shifts into a led Shamata or “Calm Abiding” meditation using ambient sound as a method of support. Next is a led Tonglen compassion practice of “sending and receiving” before the session concludes with a final led Shamata meditation.


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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