Events

Mar 03 2023

The Four Immeasurables Retreat: Cultivating Vast and Profound Connection

Zoom and In-person in Missoula, MT
Date and timeFri, March 3, 2023, 5:00 PM – Sun, March 5, 2023, 5:00 PM MST

 

Location: Online via Zoom and in Missoula, MT

Lama Tsomo will be joining us in-person in Missoula! Sign up today. In-person space is limited to 15 people.

Or join us online via Zoom. Address and Zoom link sent upon registration.

About this event

Love and compassion aren’t just passing sentiments—they are capacities we all have and can grow! Yet the trends, the demands, the very tide of modern times often distract us. How can we open our hearts to experience an expansive sense of love and true connection?

By engaging the Four Immeasurables (or Boundless Qualities), known in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as the path to cultivate a limitless heart, we can experience a level of awareness in which isolation and the sense of separation dissolves and we feel our natural connection to one another and to the world.

Rooted in the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the meditation practices known as The Four Immeasurables provide different avenues to break free of isolation and experience true connection to all and everyone.

During this intimate weekend retreat, meditation teacher and award-winning author Lama Tsomo will introduce you to these ancient teachings in a modern way. You’ll learn meditation practices focused on each of the four qualities as referenced in the Metta Sutta.

What are the Four Boundless Qualities?

  • Compassion (Karuna)
  • Loving Kindness (Metta)
  • Sympathetic Joy (Mudita)
  • Equanimity (Upekkha)

Lama Tsomo will dive deeper into these qualities, expanding on their meaning and why they’re essential for achieving lasting happiness and ultimately liberation. These practices can be easily incorporated into everyday life, empowering you to open your heart, remove ill will, and live a happier life.

This retreat is suitable for anyone who wants more peace and connection to their life. No previous meditation experience required.

What You’ll Learn :

  • Practices to cultivate more peace, connection, and happiness
  • Methods for letting go of resentment and learning to forgive
  • Exercises for inner reflection and ways to connect with your true nature.

Who is this Workshop For?

Anyone looking to expand their capacity for connection and compassion. No meditation or previous experience is required.

 

Retreat Schedule

The weekend will follow a flow of teaching, practice, discussion, and reflection.

Please note, all times listed are Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Friday, March 3rd: 5-8pm MST (click HERE to view in your time zone)

  • Introduction to The Four Boundless Qualities
  • Compassion practice (Tonglen)

Saturday, March 4th: 10am-5pm MST (click HERE to view in your time zone)

  • Shamata practice
  • Introduction to Sympathetic Joy and Loving Kindness
  • A contemplation of Forgiveness
  • Science of meditation

Sunday, March 5th: 10am-5pm MST(click HERE to view in your time zone)

  • Introduction to Equanimity
  • Incorporating these practices into everyday life
  • Group reflection
  • Methods for living boundless

Tuition

Our intention is to make this workshop financially accessible to all, so we offer a tiered fee structure. Please choose whichever level works best for you. If program costs present a financial barrier or you are interested in a stipend to offset the cost of childcare, please contact amanda@namchak.org.

 

What People Are Saying

“Lama Tsomo’s presence radiates light and kindness.” – Kendall, Student

“Lama Tsomo gives me new ways to summon calm and equanimity in a sea of storms in the world through various meditation techniques. From her to me, from me to you, from you to the universe with each breathe. The world is better.” – Huey-Min, Student

About Lama Tsomo:

Lama Tsomo is an American lama, award-winning author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation. She followed a path of spiritual inquiry and study that ultimately led to her ordination as one of the few American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Tsomo learned Tibetan to study with her teacher Gochen Tulku Sangak* Rinpoche, and now shares the teachings of the Namchak lineage in the US and abroad. Lama Tsomo holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is the author of several books including the Ancient Wisdom for Our Times: Tibetan Buddhist Practice series. She is passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change.

*sometimes spelled “Sang-Ngag”

About Namchak:

Namchak brings ancient meditation practices to modern life through online learning, in-person retreats, and a vibrant community guided by Tibetan masters and Western teachers. We support students on every step of the path, from those exploring mindfulness for the first time to more experienced students looking to deepen their practice. We offer a variety of learning programs, including in-person teaching, small group learning, online courses, and soon-to-be-established residential retreats at the Namchak Retreat Ranch in western Montana.

Our Community Commitments

In order to co-create a brave, inclusive, anti-oppressive and learning centered space, in our community we each agree to:

  • Be inclusive of diverse opinions and backgrounds through treating each other with respect and appreciation.
  • Commit to words and actions of non-harm within our group interactions.
  • Learn by immersing in and committing to the practices at hand.
  • Hold personal sharing in confidence.
  • Be present, practice mindful listening, and not offer unsolicited advice.
  • Allow and invite for equal sharing of voices as well as the right to pass.
  • Take care not to speak for others in the group.
  • Assume good intent and come from a place of curiosity and care.
  • Come as we are with permission to be “raggedy.”
  • Be mindful of and take personal and collective responsibility for our own biases including the use of language that may “other,” “cancel,” or dehumanize any person, groups of people, and/or their experiences.
  • Ask for consent before hugging or initiating physical contact during in-person gatherings
  • Use the “Ouch/Oops” tool to address hurtful comments and language in the moment and to allow space for repair.*

We aspire for this sangha to be a place of refuge

*Ouch/Oops . This is a tool for addressing hurtful comments/language in the moment. If someone says something hurtful, anyone can bring attention to it in the moment by saying “Ouch” and then explaining what was hurtful. If it is a word choice issue, be sure to give the first speaker the chance to rephrase and try again (remember, it’s okay to be raggedy, and we are all assuming good intent!) When someone says something that comes out wrong or hurts someone else, they should start with “Oops” – first, acknowledge the impact of their words, and then try again. This can also be done outside of the event if someone feels an “Ouch,” but does not feel comfortable sharing it with the group at that time. We aspire for this sangha to be a place of refuge.