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Lama Tsomo is an American lama, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation and Namchak Retreat Ranch.
Born Linda Pritzker, Lama Tsomo followed a path of spiritual inquiry and study that ultimately led to her ordination as one of the few American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism.
Under the tutelage of Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, international holder of the Namchak lineage, Lama Tsomo has done extensive spiritual retreat in the U.S. and abroad and is fluent in Tibetan. Today, she is dedicated to sharing the teachings of the Namchak lineage with Western students, bringing greater happiness and meaning to life through meditation practice, community, and retreat. She is especially passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change. Her teaching has inspired American and international students, who appreciate her informal, and often humorous, style.
Lama Tsomo holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Jungian studies. She is the author of Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? An Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice, winner of a 2016 Independent Publisher award.
Namchak Dorje Lopön Choeji Lodoe (Namchak Dorlop)
Namchak Dorlop is one of the younger brothers of Tulku Sangak Rinpoche. They are descendants of Namchak family, originating as Sum family, the leader of Tong clan, one of the six original clans of Tibetan people. Later, when several incarnations of the Great Treasure Revealer Tsasum Lingpa were born in the family, they came to be known as Namchak owing to its teaching.
While studying Buddhist philosophy for 10 years at Nyingma Namdroling Shedra of HH Penor Rinpoche, Namchak Dorlop was appointed the main doctor of Tibetan medicine hospital where he served as founder. He was responsible for manufacturing the medicine pills and for treatment of the Sangha members and nearby community, including the Tibetan settlement. (He had already completed medical study before entering the Shedra.) After receiving official permission to leave Namdroling monastery from HH Penor Rinpoche, and under Tulku Sangak Rinpoche’s direction, Namchak Dorlop began the Dharma activity to spread the Namchak lineage. He began in Nepal, then went to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Bhutan, and the main Namchak monasteries in Asia, with support from Lama Tsomo. Meanwhile, Tulku Sangak Rinpoche also bestowed upon him the overall Namchak Dorje Lopön (Vajra Master) title for his aspiration and contribution.
Since establishing Namchak Charity Company in Taiwan and Hong Kong, Namchak Dorlop and Lama Tsomo founded the Namchak Foundation in the U.S. With Lama Tsomo, he is continuing to work hard to fulfill the mission according to the Tulku Sangak Rinpoche’s direction, Dharma activities, and service.
Longtime practitioner and teacher Pat Lawler is a founding member of the Namchak community. He is also an entrepreneur who has created and operated a number of businesses dedicated to creating conditions for people to experience joy, healing, and deep connection.