Talks & Articles

Here at Namchak, we are dedicated to sharing the traditional practices of Tibetan Buddhism and making them easily accessible to our community. Below you can find some of our podcast appearances, quotes, and contributions to other publications. If you’re interested in collaborating or having Lama Tsomo as a guest, we’d love to hear from you!

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Tulku Sangak* Rinpoche

Watch this unique 30-minute “Golden Hour” interview, in which Lama Tsomo spends time in deep dialogue with Tulku Sangak Rinpoche. Rinpoche discusses his time spent in prison and how he used his practice to help change the state of his mind while in captivity. Tsomo and Rinpoche also explore the ways that our world is in dire need of compassion and practice, today more than ever.

Visit the Ewam website for more audio and video recordings from the world lineage holder of the Namchak lineage, Tulku Sangak Rinpoche. There, you can also find written texts and teachings and learn more about Rinpoche’s teaching and retreat schedule.

Namchak Khenpo Rinpoche

Khen Rinpoche is Tulku Sangak Rinpoche’s brother and spiritual heir. This special 10-minute video is excerpted from the Namchak eCourse, an eight-week multimedia course that introduces Tibetan Buddhist practice in an accessible way. In the video, he tells the story of his path to becoming a Khenpo and also provides an easy-to-understand explanation of how we can begin to recognize and bring awareness to our negative emotions. Want to learn more? Sign up for the Always Smiling eCourse today!

Lama Tsomo

Lama Tsomo offered a number of talks and teachings across the country in 2016 as part of the release of Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? Check back often for updates and links to talks and events.

Building The “We” Economy From The Inside Out

This talk was recorded at CoCap 2017 at Impact Hub Oakland, in Oakland California, on October 9-10, 2017.

Wanting to Care for Each Other: Our True Nature – Lama Tsomo

This talk was recorded at CoCap 2017 at Impact Hub Oakland, in Oakland California, on October 9-10, 2017.

Recorded Talk: Lama Tsomo’s Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Lama Tsomo discusses Tibetan style Vipassana during this talk recorded in February 2017 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Podcast: 10% Happier with Dan Harris

Lama Tsomo sat down with Dan Harris, ABC news anchor and author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, to discuss her personal journey and path to becoming a lama. They discuss what makes Vajrayana different from other forms of Buddhist practice and Tsomo showcases some of the basic Tibetan practices. Find the episode on your favorite podcast catcher or on iTunes.

Extra! Watch this ABC News video of Lama Tsomo explaining “Clearing the Stale Energies” to Dan Harris on the 10% Happier podcast.

Podcast: Synchronicity with Noah Lampert

Hear Lama Tsomo and Noah Lampert explore Buddhist concepts in great depth in this special episode. They explore the necessity of bringing awareness to one’s intention before sitting down to practice and discuss the importance of lineage and finding teachers to illuminate the way. Find Synchronicity on your favorite catcher or listen to the episode provided via the Synchronicity community on the MindPod network.

Event Recording and Podcast: Beginner Meditation Session at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco

Lama Tsomo spent an afternoon with members of the Personal Growth forum of the San Francisco Commonwealth Club for a beginner meditation workshop. Find the episode from Commonwealth Club of California via your podcast catcher or visit the event page and click “Play Now” on the right side of the page.

Talks at Google | Lama Tsomo: Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?

Lama Tsomo speaks with Google host Tawney Hughes about the benefits of meditation and offers time-tested tools for getting underneath our everyday worries and making our lives richer and more fulfilling. Watch on YouTube.

Podcast: Secular Buddhist Association with Ted Meissner

Lama Tsomo discusses her personal journey to becoming a lama and writing her book. She and Ted Meissner also explore how Tibetan Buddhist practice can benefit modern Americans.

Podcast: Sounds True: Insights at the Edge with Tami Simon

Lama Tsomo and Tami Simon discuss Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, Namchak lineage holder, and what his life experience has taught her about karma, personal responsibility, and transforming resentment. The two also explore visualization practice, quantum physics and Buddhism, and the significance of clarifying intention.

Podcast: Metta Hour with Sharon Salzberg

Lama Tsomo talks with Sharon Salzberg about how she came to study Tibetan Buddhism, how her path and practice has evolved, how she balances practice and life, and ends with a guided meditation.

Podcast: Untangle: Mindfulness for Curious Humans

Lama Tsomo discusses her spiritual path and how she came to Tibetan Buddhism.

Podcast: Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science with Ted Meissner

In conversation with Ted Meissner, Lama Tsomo discusses the importance and benefits of meditating within community.

Talk at the Science & Nonduality Conference 2019

In this talk featured during the Science & Nondualiy Conference in 2019, Lama Tsomo talks about building compassion for ourselves and others. This talk includes a guided Tonglen meditation.

Podcast: Awakin Call with Rahul Brown & Andy Smallman

Lama Tsomo discusses how to sustain a spritial practices in the face of frustration and discouragement, how she came to study meditation, and how meditation can help us all live a more meaningful life.

Talk with the San Francisco Dharma Collective

Listen as Lama Tsomo shares simple, practice advice on meeting the challenges of these times and a guided meditation to cultivate compassion for ourselves and others.

Contribution: Northwest Dharma: Lama Tsomo Offers Accessible Introduction To Tibetan Buddhism in ‘Ancient Wisdom’ Books

In this article, we highlight Lama Tsomo’s journey, what she provides through her Ancient Wisdom for Our Times series, and what practices you can find in her second book, Wisdom & Compassion (Starting with Yourself).

Podcast: Family Hour with Duncan Trussell

Lama Tsomo sits down with Duncan Trussell of Family Hour to discuss the Four Immeasurables and how we engage them.

Podcast: Mindrolling with Raghu Markus

Lama Tsomo sits down with Raghu Markus of Mindrolling Podcast for a discussion on being happy, cultivating compassion, and seeing between the frames of the movie of “me.”

You can also find this episode on the Be Here Now Network here

Contribution: Tricycle Magazine: “What’s Left? A Practice for Understanding Impermanence”

In her newest book, Deepening Wisdom, Deepening Connection, Lama Tsomo lays out the foundation of impermanence. This excerpt explains how this practice illuminates the insubstantial nature of the body and mind. 

Talk and Podcast: Lion’s Roar with Rod Meade-Sperry

Lama Tsomo had the opportunity to sit down with Rod Meade-Sperry from Lion’s Roar Podcast to discuss her newest book, Deepening Wisdom, Deepening Connection, the Four Boundless Qualities, Vipassana, how to find your own Buddhist teacher, and more.

You can listen to the full interview on the Lion’s Roar website here!

Contribution: Tricycle Magazine: “The Depth of Generosity: A Reflection for Giving Tuesday”

The Six Paramitas, or Six Perfections, are where we find our roots. In this article, Lama Tsomo reflects on The Perfection of Generosity and how joy flows through us and out of us when we tap into the mind of giving.

Lion’s Roar Review of Deepening Wisdom, Deepening Connection: The How of Happiness

“Practice by practice, readers are guided toward the kind of deep compassion that arises naturally from being more fully aware–beginning with self-awareness.”

In this article, Bonnie Nadzam reviews a selection of new books on living well, one of which is Deepening Wisdom, Deepening Connection.

Lion’s Roar podcast, Lama Tsomo shares a guided tonglen (sending and receiving) meditation to apply your personal practice to widening social circles, get grounded, and move from fear into love, and to hold each other with care when fostering a connection.

To listen to the podcast and try the guided meditation yourself, visit Lion’s Roar.

* Sometimes spelled “Sang-Ngag”