Talking with Namchak Foundation about their unique “Compassion In Action” Fellows Program

In this video conversation, Namchak Foundation’s Jessica Larson and Marissa Fornaro speak to the Buddhadharma editorial team about their “Compassion in Action” Fellows Program and who can benefit from it.

By Rod Meade Sperry

Mariana Restrepo

What is “Compassion In Action”? Besides just a generally good-sounding idea, the “Compassion In Action” Fellows Program is the name of an initiative from the Montana-based Namchak Foundation, which describes it as a “year-long inner and outer change program that supports next-generation leaders in learning meditation practice, building community, and promoting social change.” 

It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity from Namchak, which is dedicated to Tibetan Buddhist practice and making the teachings newly accessible to Westerners. The Namchak Foundation’s Jessica Larson and Marissa Fornaro spoke to the Buddhadharma editorial team about the program and who can benefit from it.

Rod Meade Sperry. Photo by Megumi Yoshida, 2024

Rod Meade Sperry

Rod Meade Sperry is the editor of Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar’s online source for committed Buddhists, and the book A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his partner and their tiny pup, Sid.

Mariana Restrepo

Mariana Restrepo is deputy editor of Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar’s online source for committed Buddhists. She is Colombian with a Nyingma-Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist background, has an MA in Religious Studies, and currently lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina with her husband and two children.