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Lama Tsomo at the Reawaken Summit

Lama Tsomo discussed how the suffering of one is the suffering of all and how we are all connected. She described how our inner work and learning to see reality is the way forward and how we can avoid burnout while helping others.

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Lama Tsomo with the SF Dharma Collective

Lama Tsomo spoke with the SF Dharma Collective, a community-led sangha, for this live conversation. We can’t go back to the way we have been doing things, so we are called on to create inner and outer change. Sangha is a vital piece of this necessary growth and change. She concludes with a Tonglen practice to increase our capacity for compassion for ourselves and others.

Watch the replay on YouTube to listen to their conversation and try this guided meditation for yourself.

Tools for Navigating Uncertain Times: Sitting with Not-Knowing

Many of us are asking, “What should I do?” But rushing to answers without some processing of this—inwardly and with friends—might mean running in a direction that might not be right for us. Can we bear to sit in the not-knowing for awhile? Lama Tsomo was joined by her friend Konda Mason, a Dharma teacher and activist. Together, they sat in the not-knowing, and invite you to listen, comment, and join in as Konda lead a meditation.

Watch the replay on YouTube to listen to their conversation and try this guided meditation for yourself.

Tools for Navigating Uncertain Times: Inner and Outer Work

In this teaching, Lama Tsomo discusses the connection between inner and outer work to help you to ride the waves of strong emotions and access your own compassionate wisdom. Explore time and lab-tested methods that will help you look at your current hardships (anxiety, depression, stress, etc.) and use them as opportunities for growth and perhaps even happiness.

Watch the replay on YouTube and try this guided meditation for yourself.

Tools for Navigating Uncertain Times: Working with Anxiety

In this teaching, Lama Tsomo shares wisdom about working with anxiety and guides a short meditation. These methods can help you to ride the waves of strong emotions and access your own compassionate wisdom. Through these practices, you can become more peaceful, content, and flexible.

Watch the replay on YouTube and try this guided meditation for yourself.

Looking Forward with Lama Tsomo

As our cities and states began to open, Lama Tsomo provided advice on how to move forward, to focus on the innerwork of your life, and to envision a new paradigm post COVID-19 without falling into the problematic stance of hope or fear, but rather to tune into our true motivation of compassion.

Go to the Namchak website to read her the full post on looking forward.

Tools for Navigating Uncertain Times: Calming the Waters

If you are feeling anxious, stressed, uncertain you are not alone. Many recent studies have shown that meditation can help us to find stability of mind and strengthen our capacities for connection and compassion. In this live evening class, Lama Tsomo will share a simple practice to help you access the calm and center that are core to your being.

Watch the replay on YouTube and try this guided meditation for yourself. .

Tools for Navigating Uncertain Times: Cultivating Compassion

How do we cultivate compassion, especially in difficult times? Lama Tsomo led a live call to take people through how to get grounded in our practice, move from fear to love, and hold each other with care.

Watch the replay on YouTube and try this guided meditation for yourself.

COVID-19 Blog Series

Most of us are looking for guidance and some tools to gain comfort as we navigate the new world of COVID-19. Lama Tsomo has begun a question-and-answer series on the Namchak blog where she shares advice and recommendations for how to cope, how to meditate even when you're feeling stressed, and how you can use your practice to benefit our personal lives, community, and the world.

Read this series as well as more updates from the Namchak Community at https://blog.namchak.org/

Compassion in Action Fellowship

Launch of the Compassion In Action student fellowship program. The Compassion in Action Fellowship is a yearlong inner & outer change program that supports college and university students in learning meditation practice, building community, and engaging in meaningful social change.

The fellowship integrates ancient and modern wisdom to support young leaders of today in addressing the interconnected challenges of the twenty-first century. To nominate a student (by March 31st) or to apply yourself (by April 15th), visit: namchak.org/fellowship

Four Immeasurables Retreat Update

Lama Tsomo led two intimate weekend retreats in New York City and Berkeley focusing on the Tibetan Buddhist practice of the Four Boundless Qualities (or Immeasurables). Rooted in the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the meditation practices provide different avenues to break free of isolation and experience the feeling of true connection to all and everyone.

To find out about upcoming retreats and events, and to take part in one yourself, head to the Namchak.org website.

The Four Immeasurables Retreat

Lama Tsomo will be hosting two separate retreats covering The Four Immeasurables this February. The Four Immeasurables, known in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as the path to cultivate a limitless heart, help us to experience a level of awareness in which isolation and the sense of separation dissolve and we are able to feel our natural connection to one another and to the world.

The first retreat will be held in New York City, from February 7th - February 9th. The second will be held in Berkeley, California, from February 14th - February 16th. For more information or to sign up and join the retreat, go to the Namchak website.

Interview on KKUP

Lama Tsomo spoke with Diane Solomon, host of "A Meeting of the Ways", on KKUP radio in California.

Their discussion was about Tibetan Buddhist meditation for beginners and about Lama Tsomo's work with the Namchak Foundation. You can listen to the conversation below and find out more about Namchak at Namchak.org

Awakin Call

Awakin Call is a weekly global series of deep conversations with inspiring changemakers. Andy Smallman moderated an Awakin Call with Lama Tsomo titled "Sustaining Our Spiritual Practices in the Face of Frustration and Discouragement".

Listen to the call to hear a great conversation and to find out what makes Lama Tsomo come alive, some pivotal turning points in her life, and more.

SAND 2020

Lama Tsomo taught the audience at SAND (Science and Nonduality) 2020 the ancient Tibetan compassion practice of Tonglen, one of the Four Boundless Qualities practices.

Tonglen is used to grow our capacity for feeling the truth of our deep, loving connection with everyone. It is an antidote to isolation and an antidote to "othering" … a perfect medicine for these times.

You can watch the full video on SAND's website.

Coming Awake to Your Projections and Loving Yourself

Lama Tsomo wrote an article for SoundsTrue called "Coming Awake to Your Projections and Loving Yourself". In it, she discusses what projection is and her own experiences with projection. She then goes into detail on how to come awake to your projections via a Western lens and also through an Eastern lens.

"Imagine if a critical mass of people became fluent in these skills and capacities, bringing us closer together in camaraderie rather than causing us to build walls of protection and projection against each other."