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Intellectualization

In-tel-lec-tu-al-iz-a-tion. Now try saying that quickly a few times in a row. Aside from being difficult to pronounce, intellectualization can cause difficulties in our personal lives, our communities, and our world. So, what is it besides a word with too many syllables? A simple definition from Wikipedia states, “In psychology,...

The Ripple Effects of Implicit Bias

Let’s talk about implicit bias. First, the definition: Implicit biases are the thoughts and feelings we hold towards others that are unconscious or mistaken. This means we’re very conditioned to see the world in ways that allow us to easily maneuver and navigate in society. Whatever biases are around us, we soak up unconsciously. It can be easy...

4 Reasons to Attend a Namchak Virtual Retreat.

With the way of the world in a state of constant flux these days, it’s important to focus on our mental and physical wellbeing. One way of doing that is by attending an online meditation retreat with Namchak, where you have access to incredible teachers and important teachings from the comfort of your own home. Probably you’re already spending so...

The Reality of Spiritual Bypassing

Let’s begin with a simple definition from Wikipedia, spiritual bypassing is a "tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks". The term was introduced in the early 1980s by John Welwood, a Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist....

A Conversation Between Lama Tsomo & Konda Mason: Implicit Bias

The following blog is an excerpt from a conversation between Lama Tsomo and Konda Mason on June 6, 2020. Konda Mason, an accomplished businesswoman, community organizer, activist, and meditation teacher, is a dear friend of Lama Tsomo. Konda: You know, when we ignore that which is whole, it’s costs us our humanity. That's the cost. It seems like...

A Conversation Between Lama Tsomo & Konda Mason: The Two Truths

The following blog is an excerpt from a conversation between Lama Tsomo and Konda Mason on June 6, 2020. Konda Mason, an accomplished businesswoman, community organizer, activist, and meditation teacher, is a dear friend of Lama Tsomo. Konda: There’s so much going on in my heart and mind. It’s just bubbling. Being a Buddhist teacher, a leader in...

A Conversation Between Lama Tsomo and Konda Mason: Allyship vs. Partnering

The following blog is an excerpt from a conversation between Lama Tsomo and Konda Mason on June 6, 2020. Konda Mason is a dear friend of Lama Tsomo’s, an accomplished businesswoman, community organizer, activist, and meditation teacher. Konda: There's this tendency right now for white people to want to be an ally. I don't subscribe to the word...

Words of Encouragement

This week we are sharing a meaningful article by our friend, Joshua Gorman. Joshua is on the Namchak Advisory Board and is coordinating the Campus Ambassadors Program along with the Namchak team. He is also awriter, changemaker, youth worker, community builder, founder of Generation Waking Up, and organizer at Thrive East Bay in Oakland, CA. Find...

Campus Ambassadors Program

Students today are facing complex challenges like no other generation before. We are excited to be launching a new program for college & university students to help them learn meditation practices, build community, and engage in social change. Are you or do you know a student leader who is looking to cultivate a more meaningful life and make...

Black Lives Matter: Solidarity & Support

We at Namchak are feeling the anger, grief, and frustration that so many of us are feeling at this time in response to the killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. We are also feeling determined to understand what our individual and collective work is to do—and clarify how we begin to put that work into action....