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Despite our efforts to keep life manageable, the world is overwhelming. The issues we deal with in our personal lives – health, relationships, work – are further compounded by those affecting the global community. Luckily, the world is full of courageous people who tackle these issues head on. The advice of the writers cited below provides tools to help us move authentically through the world as informed, engaged citizens.
Published on Oct 03 4:27 pm
When Lama Tsomo was asked how she tackled the prodigious task of learning Tibetan, she had this to say. (The parallel to starting a meditation practice may surprise you!)
Published on Sep 26 4:00 pm
If you’ve been wanting to attend a meditation retreat but are putting it off, we encourage you to ask yourself why. To help, we’ve compiled a list of nine common misconceptions about our Namchak retreats, with explanations.
Published on Sep 19 4:00 pm
Learn about to apply Lama Tsomo’s there keys to maintaining a daily practice: working it into your schedule, establishing a distraction-free space, and practicing compassion for your own mind.
Published on Sep 12 4:04 pm
Clearing the Stale Energies is a traditional relaxation technique that will prepare you for your daily practice. You can also think of it as a negative or “stale” emotion flush. Start by watching our video, then you can practice on your own or with Lama Tsomo’s guidance.
Published on Sep 05 3:50 pm
It’s time to recharge those goals that we’ve let slip since January. Whether your goal was to eat cleaner, bike to work daily, or get eight hours sleep every night, it’s time to get back to it.
Published on Aug 29 3:49 pm
We now know that, since we’re made of Buddha Nature, we too can reach the end of all suffering, permanently. We can finally end our wandering and go back Home. To give us more clarity about how to tread this path of liberation, the Buddha laid out eight aspects in his first teachings, like eight strands woven together to make a very strong rope.
Published on Aug 22 7:30 pm
How often do we think we know someone only to realize what we were thinking about them was totally wrong? Humans are fantastic at creating stories about each other. Unfortunately, they are misguided and keep us from one another. The goal is to see the stories we write about others and take a minute to examine the origins of those stories. Meaningful sangha requires awareness and acceptance so that we can genuinely connect with one another.
Published on Aug 15 4:03 pm

Even though the heat of summer is unrelenting, it won’t be long until there’s a coolness in the air and our schedules take a beat before hurling into autumn. It’s time to step back, reflect, and spend time with those we value most.  

Here are three ways to bring people together as fall sweeps in:

Published on Aug 08 11:57 am
This piece is part of a series meant to give readers an inside view of the Clearing the Lens Retreat held in June. The workshop was led by Aaron Stern, president and founder of the Academy For the Love of Learning ®, and Marianne Murray, a member of the core faculty at the Academy. They were joined by Namchak Foundation’s founder, Lama Tsomo, who shared Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices during the workshop.
Published on Aug 01 4:38 pm