Namchak Community Blog

The Three Poisons

Unfortunately, the Three Poisons we discuss often in Buddhism do not come with attention-grabbing labels. They tend to sneak into our lives and cause suffering until we gain an awareness of them. Though not always pleasant, gaining that awareness and learning to work with them is necessary for ending Samsara. Most of us have a “favorite” that we...

10 Journal Prompts for Introspection & Self-Awareness

Have you ever journaled or wanted to add that to your meditation practice but didn’t know how to get started? Journaling is a great way to record your thoughts, relieve stress, and self-reflect. Grab a cup of hot tea, your favorite blanket, and settle in as we give you some easy prompts to get you started. Consider these: How am I feeling about...

4 Guided Meditations to Invigorate Your Practice

With the change of seasons comes the opportunity to reinvigorate our practice. Whether you’re feeling burned out or just ready for a change, here are some of our favorite guided meditations for you to try. Clearing the Stale Energies. Not sure how to start off your sit? We’ve got you! Follow along as Lama Tsomo guides you through a Tibetan breath...

Shamata: Tibetan Style

Like the rest of the world, we’ve shifted the way we do things in order to navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 crisis. When physical distancing became the norm to keep us all safe, we started brainstorming how best to support our community during these new times. We shifted our retreats online and launched virtual learning groups. Lama Tsomo...

When We Heal Ourselves, We Can Heal Others

Last week on Awakin Calls, Jacques Verduin, an expert in prison rehabilitation and Founding Director and Minister of Transformation of Insight-Out and Founder of its GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power) Program, and Lama Tsomo discussed how we can free ourselves from prisons of our own making. Their perspectives and life experiences come together to...

3 Reasons To Do A Self-Directed Retreat

The need or desire to stay connected to what’s happening right now, to soak in all the information we can to make informed decisions, and to make sure we stay active in the world can cause us to feel burned out emotionally and mentally. While it can leave us feeling selfish, one of the best things to do is take a break. Be easy on yourself. Yes,...

A Note of Encouragement for Parents

Back to school is often a frenzied time for families with children in school. Back to school looks a little different this year. For a lot of us, the normal excitement has been replaced with tough decision making and anxiety. How we wish we could provide a blanket solution for all parents juggling their child’s or children’s education, safety,...

Tend to Yourself in order to Better Tend to Others

It is true that compassion has the power to increase your happiness and that of others. But there is a caveat. First, you must feel like you are being compassionate to yourself. However, this doesn’t mean you have to engage in overly self-indulgent activities in order to practice compassion. Here are some ideas for quick and small acts of...

A Collection of Walking Meditation Suggestions

Lama Tsomo and Khen Rinpoche describe mindfulness simply as remembering what we are doing. How often are we walking through life without paying attention to the fact that we are walking or taking in the sights around us? Often it seems that we are moving too fast to notice what we are doing. For most of us, back to school time or life transitions...

Our August Book Recommendations

Whether you’re looking for your next camping trip read or preparing your “to-be-read” pile for fall, here are three of Lama Tsomo’s most recent book recommendations. Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald (Penguin Random House) We’re very conditioned to see the world in clumpings that are unconsciously...