Find A Learning Circle | Namchak

Find A Learning Circle

Meditating with others adds a richness to your experience on the cushion and in community.

 

Interested in joining one of these Learning Circles? Contact info@namchak.org to get started.

Our Community of Learning Circles

Rainbow Bodhisattvas

Full

We are a group of Namchak students who came together during one of the 6 week courses “Connection Despite Distance: A Pathway for Coming Home.” We meet on Sundays at 12 noon PT / 1pm MT / 2pm CT / 3pm ET.

This Learning Circle is currently full. If you are interested in starting a Learning Circle, we would love to help you! Please reach out to us at info@namchak.org.

Bay Area Learning Circle

Open
Bay Area, CA

A virtual group of ordinary people who want to learn how to meditate and explore the benefits of meditation. We are currently going through Namchak E-Courses.

If you are interested in joining our Learning Circle, please reach out to info@namchak.org and reference “Bay Area Learning Circle.”
 

 

 

Fords Namchak Learning Circle

Open
Fords, NJ
Are you looking for a way to connect with like-minded individuals and get into a regular meditation practice to relieve stress and be more mindful? Do you have a deep yearning to know more about the real meaning of our daily lives? If you answered yes to either of these two questions, this group is for you.
 
This is a secular group open to all. For purposes of a structure, we will use fundamental concepts from Tibetan Buddhist teaching, specifically the Namchak lineage to learn and practice meditation. A typical event will consist of shared activities where we learn and practice in a spirit of togetherness. Shared activities typically include a check-in with each member on the past week, a discussion on a book that we have read as a group, and meditation. All members are welcome to contribute ideas for our common good.
 
If you are interested in joining our Learning Circle, please reach out to info@namchak.org and reference “Fords Learning Circle.”
 

 

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The Missoula Learning Circle

Open
Missoula, MT

The Missoula Learning Circle meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 12:15-1:15 MT in downtown Missoula. Our meetings are free and open to all. The general structure of each gathering starts with a meditation, followed by check-ins and a discussion about our practices and everyday life. We come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. All are welcome – including all levels of experience with practice. Our goal is to build a supportive meditative network of friends with the ultimate goal of living happier, more fulfilled lives.

If you are interested in joining our Learning Circle, please reach out to info@namchak.org and reference “Missoula Learning Circle.”

University of Montana Learning Circle

Open
Missoula, MT

This is a community based, Tibetan Buddhism focused, meditation group open to all UM college students. We meet every Tuesday at 8pm in the home of one of the members, sharing tea and snacks and building Sangha, followed by a meditation and discussion of experiences. The structure is relaxed, and all ideas are welcomed. Come de-stress and relax with us!

If you are interested in joining our Learning Circle, please reach out to info@namchak.org and reference “University of Montana” Learning Circle.

NYC Dharma Friends Learning Circle

Open
New York, New York
Our Learning Circle meets on Sundays at 10am ET via Zoom video chat, and utilizes the Learning Circle structure from the Namchak teachings. We will also plan to meet in person once per quarter. The general structure of our meeting starts with a grounding meditation, followed by a discussion about our collective aspirations for our group and general check-ins, and finishes with a closing meditation.
 
Looking forward to developing new insights, establishing collaborative community and contemplative solidarity!
 
If you are interested in joining our Learning Circle, please reach out to info@namchak.org and reference “NYC Dharma Friends Learning Circle.”

NYC Loves Namchak!

Open
New York, New York
This group has a mix of people who have attended some of the Namchak Meditation retreats offered and others who want to deepen their meditation practices. We currently meet every other Sunday, at 8:30pm ET. Engaged conversation supported by our practices as well as supported reading material, this group loves to delve deep into the psychology and spiritual nature of meditation. Always an interesting conversation! We carry with us the intention to explore human nature’s varieties of experiences, and with these mindfulness tools, do the necessary work to become the healthiest and most equilibrated versions of ourselves. 
 
If you are interested in joining our Learning Circle, please email info@namchak.org and reference “NYC Loves Namchak!”

Owensboro Learning Circle

Open
Owensboro, KY
Our Learning Circle is just in the beginning stages of forming! We are excited to get together in community to study the Namchak teachings, meditate and connect. We will be meeting twice a month to start.
 
If you are interested in joining our Learning Circle, please reach out to info@namchak.org and reference “Owensboro Learning Circle.”

Temple University Learning Circle

Open
Philadelphia, PA
Our Learning Circle is open to all Temple University students, regardless of experience level with meditation. We meet every other Wednesday at 8pm ET to connect, learn, experience, and reflect together. The general structure of our meetings begins with a check-in & intention-setting, followed by the review of content to learn from (readings, videos, recordings), partnering & discussion, meditation, and group reflection.
 
Our group focuses on learning and deepening meditation techniques & practices to relate them to real life experiences, aiming to move the wisdom discussed into action to serve the lives of others (and ourselves)! We enjoy engaging in conversation centering around exploring ourselves, our ideas, and the practices, as well as the areas in which they might intersect. 
 
If you are interested in joining our Learning Circle, please reach out to info@namchak.org and reference “Temple University” Learning Circle.
 

Giving Shelter Learning Circle

Open
San Francisco's South Bay Area, CA
We are residents of Santa Clara County living under a Shelter-In-Place directive.  For the duration, we’re meeting every Monday, via GoogleMeet, at 6pm, PT.  We will revisit the time, day, and platform for meeting when the Shelter-In-Place directive ends.
 
Our Learning Circle is open to all Namchak students; however, we’d especially appreciate folks who live close enough to be able to meet in person at least once every quarter.
 
Our mission is to practice the Dharma together, create Sangha, and to support and encourage each other’s spiritual practice.
 
The structure of our gatherings are as follows: start with a check in, followed by an inspiring reading, then, a Namchak meditation. We end with another check in and then rotate roles (facilitator, chooser/reader of inspiring words, and time keeper) for the next meeting. 
 
 
If you would like to join our Learning Circle, please reach out to info@namchak.org and reference “Giving Shelter Learning Circle.”
 

San Francisco Learning Circle

Open
San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco Learning Circle meets bi-weekly on Monday evenings at 7pm ET. Our community consists of young professionals between the ages of 23-30, but we are open to all. At each meeting, one or two members researches a topic revolving around Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices and then facilitates a group discussion.

This Learning Circle is currently full. If you are interested in starting a Learning Circle, we would love to help! Please reach out to us at info@namchak.org.

 

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Meditation Without Borders

Full
Virtual

Meditation Without Borders is a virtual Learning Circle that meets every other Sunday morning at 9am MT for one hour to discuss how our meditation practice is helping us live a more mindful, compassionate, and loving life. We are from different countries and for some of us, English is not our first language.

This Learning Circle is currently full. If you are interested in starting a Learning Circle, we would love to help! Please reach out to us at info@namchak.org.

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Sunday Soul Sangha

Full
Virtual
Our Sunday Soul Sangha meets every Sunday from 7:30-9pm MT via Zoom video platform. The purpose of this circle is to build and sustain a supportive community of meditators to help us live more mindful, peaceful, connected, and compassionate lives. Our members’ locations range from Hawaii and California to New York, New Mexico and North Carolina! This circle is currently closed and not accepting new members.
 
This Learning Circle is currently full. If you are interested in starting a Learning Circle, we would love to help you! Please reach out to us at info@namchak.org.

International Soul Sangha

Open
Virtual

Our International Soul Sangha meets each Wednesday from 1-2:30pm MT via Zoom video platform. Currently, our members reside all over Europe, the US and New Zealand. The purpose of this circle is to build and sustain a supportive international community of meditators to help us live more mindful, peaceful, connected, and compassionate lives.

This circle is still open to receive new members. Please reach out to Rachel at embodiedance@gmail.com if you are interested in joining our International Soul Sangha! 

Alright Gang

Full
Virtual

We are a group of 4 students who bonded at a Clearing the Lens retreat in June of 2019, and started a Learning Circle to stay connected. We are a virtual group as 2 of us are in MT and 2 are in CA. In our meetings we check-in, discuss our lives and personal matters that are up for us, usually do some type of Shamata or Tonglen, and close with setting intentions for the next 2 weeks. 

This Learning Circle is currently full. If you are interested in starting a Learning Circle, we would love to help! Please reach out to us at info@namchak.org.

 

 

Joyful Presence Learning Circle

Full
Virtual

The Joyful Presence Learning Circle is a group of friends who met through Namchak. We went through the two “Always Smiling” eCourses and are now starting to read Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? We meet on Thursdays at 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT /2pm ET

This Learning Circle is currently full. If you are interested in starting a Learning Circle, we would love to help! Please reach out to us at info@namchak.org.

 
 

Morning Meditators Learning Circle

Open
Virtual

We are a group of Namchak students who get together on Wednesday mornings at 5:30am PT / 6:30am MT / 7:30am CT / 8:30am ET to check in and meditate. The gatherings last 30 minutes. 

If you would like to join our Learning Circle, please reach out to info@namchak.org and reference “Morning Meditators Learning Circle.”

Warriors of Love Learning Circle

Full
Virtual

Our Learning Circle formed after going through the 6 week Namchak Course “Connection Despite Distance: A Pathway for Coming Home.” We meet on Thursday evenings at 4:30pm PT / 5:30pm MT / 6:30pm CT / 7:30pm ET.

This Learning Circle is currently full. If you are interested in starting a Learning Circle, we would love to help you! Please reach out to us at info@namchak.org.

Work in Progress Meditation Circle: Global Group

Open
Virtual

A virtual group that recently started (July 2020) and meets on Thursdays at 2pm CT. The idea is to support each other in meditation and spirituality. We all need friends who understand what we are going through. We are dedicated to working on our mind, body and souls and learning about who we want to become in this New World.

If you are interested in joining our Learning Circle, please reach out to info@namchak.org and reference “Work in Progress Learning Circle.”

RIS Learning Circle

Full
Virtual

We are a group of co-workers looking to deepen our practice by connectin studying and meditating together. We are starting by going through the Namchak “Always Smiling” eCourse together. 

This Learning Circle is currently full. If you are interested in starting a Learning Circle, we would love to help! Please reach out to us at info@namchak.org.

 
 

 

 

 

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