Namchak offers learning opportunities in Tibetan Buddhist practice for students at every level, from beginners to experienced practitioners. From online learning to live stream teachings and retreats, we have a number of ways for people to learn from Tibetan and Western masters.

Students can select their course of study from a variety of programs:

  • Online courses and books geared toward beginning students
  • Live stream and in-person teachings offer a mix of introductory and intermediate material.
  • For experienced meditation students looking to explore a deeper Vajrayana path of Buddhism, we offer a three-year non-residential learning program and will soon offer opportunities for retreat.

For both beginning students and experienced meditators, our programs are presented through the three jewels of Buddhism: buddha (the teacher), dharma (the teachings), sangha (community).

Introduction to meditation

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Our Teachers

Esteemed Tibetan master Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche the spiritual director of the Namchak Foundation, the world lineage holder of the Namchak lineage, and a “high lama” who specializes in advanced practices. Rinpoche’s brother and dharma heir, Namckak Khenpo Rinpoche Ngawang Gelek, is a Tibetan-born scholar who teaches all levels of students. Rinpoche and Khen Rinpoche’s brother, Namchak Dorje Lopön Choeji Lodoe is also a teacher in the Namchak lineage. Lama Sangak Yeshe Tsomo, author of Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? is a Western-born teacher who specializes in offering accessible and lively introduction to Tibetan Buddhist practice. Read more »

Aaron Stern is the president and founder of the Academy for the Love of Learning, he is a musician, teacher, and internationally recognized consultant on learning. A guest teacher at Namchak, he facilitates teachings at our Waking Up in Community and Clearing the Lens retreats.
As the Academy’s creative and educational leader, Stern designs and directs the Academy’s core curriculum and faculty, guides program development, and offers select trainings in depth facilitation and diverse aspects of the Academy’s pedagogy.

Always Smiling

An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Practice

Sign up today! Taught by Lama Tsomo in her accessible and playful style, this eCourse is designed for people curious about meditation and its benefits. Students will receive an introduction in Buddhism, gain access to meaningful self-reflective exercises, and be introduced to meditation practices that have been used for thousands of years.


Ancient Wisdom Engaged:
A Learning Program

This three-year non-residential program offers students a deep introduction to Vajrayana practice. Namchak lamas and Western masters will train and support students as they assume mentorship roles within our growing community.

Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?

An introduction and guide to Tibetan Buddhist practice by Lama Tsomo.   

Our Always Smiling eCourse is a companion tool with the book to help you get started with the Vajrayana pathway.



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