Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel





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"The Buddhist tradition has the most humorous and radical methods for those longing to do whatever it takes to live a healthy and compassionate life. It offers a path to those no longer interested in self-deception or in hiding from their habitual tendencies. It invites each of us to experience the freedom of exposing our hidden confusion to the light of our intelligence. Exploring this path is my life's passion.”


Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth's vision for how we rise to the challenge of being human and our potential for awakening.



One of the most powerful qualities of the Buddhist teachings is that we are asked to honor and develop our own discerning intelligence or prajna. In fact, the Buddha himself said: “You are the agent of your own awakening.” This statement is a call to our natural intelligence—our ability to rise and discover our deepest potential. 

However, when we begin to investigate the point where our discerning intelligence meets with the teachings, many questions and challenges may arise:

  • Does a practice of devotion to the teachings or teacher mean that you have to abdicate your discerning intelligence?

  • Does exercising agency mean then that you are not genuinely open to the teachings? How do you discern between egoic intention and open clarity?

  • What are the qualities of an authentic student? How does one poise one’s mind for insight?

  • What is the difference between “being right” and an experience of genuine certitude?

  • How do the teachings shape our relationships to our community, friends and family, and our teacher? 

In this two-day gathering, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of what it means to be a student, and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher, sangha, and the teachings themselves. 




The Logic Of Faith

I welcome The Logic of Faith with both excitement and relief. To generations of Western practitioners habituated to linear thinking, the Buddha’s central teaching of pratityasamutpada has remained a hidden jewel, taken as either too obvious to be interesting (as ‘everything has a cause’) or too arcane to be relevant to real life. Elizabeth Namgyel not only grasps, but conveys with fresh immediacy and delight the essence of this key to the dharma. She helps us to experience the reciprocity at the heart of the universe—and, in so doing, to rediscover our mutual belonging and the sheer grace of our existence.
— JOANNA MACY, author of Coming Back to Life
A bold, playful, and engaging book, full of insight and heart.
— PEMA CHODRON, author of When Things Fall Apart
Namgyel’s handling of a complex, potentially intimidating topic is exquisite, and students of all levels will find something useful in her teaching.
— Publishers Weekly
As long as you are breathing and your heart is pumping in your chest, you will never escape the need ‘to faith,’ and why would you want to? The human predicament literally pushes at you day after day, calling to your courage and intelligence, imploring you to pay attention to life as it is, urging you to let go into humbleness. How long can you ignore it?
— Excerpt from The Logic of Faith

Come on in!

Enjoy this rare glimpse of a writer's creative space. In anticipation of the release of her new book, The Logic of Faith, Elizabeth shares few thoughts about her writing process and invites us into her "office".

"Winter is one of my favorite seasons. It is a time when I retreat into my shrine room to study, contemplate, and write. When the weather permits, I occasionally venture out for brisk walks that invigorate my body and mind. You may not know this about me, but much of my work is done on these walks. Enjoy the tour!" --Elizabeth

Praise for The Logic of Faith

“The beauty of this book lies in its remarkably creative presentation of this insight of dependent arising. The author brings this fundamental insight of the Buddha to life for the contemporary reader.”

— Thupten Jinpa, principle translator for HH Dalai Lama, author of A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

“There is joy in discovering the truth of the Buddhist teachings as a living experience. Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel takes us on a personal exploration of the Buddha’s most essential insight: pratityasamutpada—a.k.a. dependent arising. A bold, playful, and engaging book, full of insight and heart.”

— Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

“The Logic of Faith looks into how we tend to seek comfort in ideas, even though they can’t provide real comfort. Elizabeth beautifully illuminates the possibility of getting free from the prison of our ideas, by softening into uncertainty and developing real faith. A rich and helpful book.”

— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love

Upcoming Schedule

January 19-26, 2019

Drupchö (Practice Intensive) - Crestone, CO

Questions? Ask away!

If you would like to ask Elizabeth a question, please fill out the form here. She may not be able to respond to all of them but will do the best she can!

"When we question openly, our spiritual practice becomes a living experience, without dogma or fixed ideas."


Photographs and artwork generously contributed by: Bronya Agasto, Tara diGesuTatjana KrizmanicSasha Dorje-Meyerowitz, Dana Ming, and Andrew Nicodemus