Established in 2012 by Tarthang Tulku, the Founding Head Lama of the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center (TNMC), the Nyingma Association of Mandala Organizations (NAMO) safeguards the unbroken continuity of the vision that has guided the Nyingma Mandala in the West, preserves the lineage of knowledge that has shaped this vision, and provides for its transmission to future generations.

Inspired by the United States Constitution, the NAMO Constitution structures NAMO and defines its purpose. As stated in the Preamble to the Constitution, the purpose of NAMO is

To form a more harmonious association, establish stability, promote the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and the transmission of the Buddhadharma, preserve the ongoing vision and teachings of Tarthang Tulku, the Founding Head Lama of the Tibetan Nyingmapa Meditation Center (“TNMC”), ensure ongoing support for TNMC and other organizations and activities within the Mandala, and secure the blessings of the Dharma to all beings now and in the future.

Three governing branches – the Leadership Council, the Assembly, and the Judicial Guardians – oversee and carry out this purpose and facilitate other activities among the mandala of organizations.