The Lama Foundation

The Lama Foundation
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From the foundation website: “The Lama Foundation is one of the oldest Intentional Communities in America. It was founded as a place where high-level teachers could offer teachings in America, and evolved into a summer retreat center in the 1970’s.

Situated about 20 miles north of Taos New Mexico, on just under 110 acres at 8600 feet, Lama Foundation is almost completely surrounded by Carson National Forrest, giving one the feeling of being “way out there”, or away from civilization.”

The foundation, perhaps originally inspired by Buddhist thought, is singularly open in its spiritual orientations. Its teachers and practitioners hail from many diverse spiritual persuasions:

“In 1970 Ram Dass engaged in collaboration with Lama to produce the book ‘Be Here Now,’ and later served as a trustee for several years as well as hosting many summer retreats. Over the years, many have served Lama as teachers, guides, trustees and elders.

Along with Ram Dass, they include Murshid Samuel Lewis of the Chisti order of Sufis who is buried at Lama, Stephen Levine, Jack Kornfield, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Father Thomas Keating, Robert Bly, Baba Hari Dass, Natalie Goldberg, Bhante Gunaratana, Rabbi Zalman Schachter and Joshu Sasaki Roshi. Close ties exist with elders from the nearby Taos Pueblo.”

You can read more about the nonprofit, spiritually beneficial organization at


About jillscherb7

Retired intercultural educator & speech/English faculty; traveller to China, Europe-France, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Mexico (who's lived in China & Bulgaria); lover of books, poetry, film, narratives, music & art; sometime book reviewer; and Austinite (Texas, U.S.A.)
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