About Namchak


The Namchak Lineage places great significance on the purpose of retreat as a way to change the habits of the mind to achieve happiness for oneself and for all beings. Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, the spiritual leader of the Namchak Lineage, tasked Lama Tsomo with creating a retreat facility. The Namchak Foundation was founded in North America with the purpose of supporting this endeavor and other efforts of the Namchak Lineage.

“If you really want to learn Spanish, the best approach is to join a total immersion program. If you really want to change the habits of your mind for the better, the best approach is retreat.” Lama Tsomo

For that reason, the Foundation is guiding the building and later managing the operations of the Namchak Retreat Ranch near Hot Springs, Montana. In addition we are developing a larger website that will include online learning for interested people. We also help the historic geographical area of the Namchak Lineage inside Tibet, including rebuilding the monasteries, reviving the traditional annual prayer festivals, printing and distributing the texts of our lineage, and training “barefoot doctors”—young women who will do their part in decreasing the shockingly high rate of deaths in childbirth there.

By making the practices of traditional Tibetan Buddhism accessible to the West, we will offer time-honored, scientifically proven methods to help change mental habits in ways that reduce suffering and ultimately help create a world in which we and all beings may lead deeper, happier and more fulfilled lives. Within the practices of the Namchak Lineage and under the spiritual guidance of Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, we are attempting to provide just the right peaceful, pristine, and natural environment to support people in this work. A key aspect of that support is the availability of both Tibetan and Western guidance.

To perpetuate the teaching of the Namchak Lineage and create the next generation of teachers and practitioners.

To provide opportunities and facilities for practitioners to connect with, learn from, and follow in the path of the Dharma.

Guiding Principles
Be Openhearted:
 We respect and work to understand cultures, traditions, and communities in the West and strive to practice and live the Dharma in harmony.

Be Good Stewards:  Under the spiritual direction of Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, we are stewards of this lineage and culture, certainly; and that stewardship extends equally to the land, water, animals, and places that are in our care at retreat facilities.

Be True:  We strive to live the Dharma authentically, which means we respect practitioners and all people, communities, and cultures with whom we come in contact.