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Apr 30 2021
4 Immeasurables Retreat Lama Tsomo

The Four Immeasurables Retreat: Cultivating Vast and Profound Connection

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4 Immeasurables Retreat with Lama Tsomo

“Love and compassion aren’t just feelings—they are capacities we all have the ability to cultivate.” – Lama Tsomo

About this Event

Love and compassion aren’t just feelings—they are capacities we all have the ability to cultivate. Yet life in these times is full of distractions. How can we open our hearts to experience an expansive sense of love, true connection, and lasting inner peace?

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 to bring more peace and connection to their life. No previous meditation experience required.

What You’ll Learn

  • Traditional Tibetan Practices to cultivate more peace, connection, and happiness.
  • Exercises for inner reflection and ways to connect with your true nature.
  • Opportunities to ask questions and engage with Lama Tsomo and community.

Who is this Workshop For

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

Retreat Schedule

The weekend will follow a flow of teaching, practice, and reflection – both solo and group.

Please note, all times listed are Mountain Daylight Time (MT)

Friday, April 30: 5:30pm-8pm MDT (click HERE to view in your time zone)

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

Saturday, May 1: 10am-6pm MDT (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, May 2: 10am-6pm MDT(click HERE to view in your time zone)

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

Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

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Tuition

Our intention is to make this retreat accessible to all. Please choose the tuition amount that works for you. If the 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 storm 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, 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 the award-winning book, “Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice.” She is passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change.

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.

*sometimes spelled “Sang-Ngag”

Our Community Agreements

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 these practices and giving them a real test drive.
  • Hold personal sharing in confidence.
  • Be present, practice mindful listening, and do not offer unsolicited advice.
  • Allow 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.” Perfection is not expected although personal responsibility always is.
  • Be mindful of and take personal 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.
  • 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.