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).
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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.