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Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?: A Westerner's Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice Paperback – April 5, 2016
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I am happy to see the publication of this new book, written by Lama Tsomo, a longtime student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. The book outlines the basic views of the Tibetan tradition and examples of some of its practices for the interested modern reader. --From the Introductory Letter by HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA
Lama Tsomo is a great guide, helping us to make mindfulness a habit and put ourselves on the path to a more fulfilling and a more joyful life. --ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, founder of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning The Huffington Post, and author of Thrive
An extraordinarily engaging, fascinating, pragmatic, and useful guide to happiness. A gem. --MARTHA BECK, life coach, columnist, O, The Oprah Magazine, and author of Finding Your Own North Star
Lama Tsomo takes ancient wisdom and practice and makes it accessible and available. At this time in history, we need more people to take on being present and grounded, open minded and open hearted no matter what they are faced with. We have a lot of healing to do. May this book help you on that path. --SEANE CORN, internationally celebrated yoga teacher, co-founder Off The Mat, Into The World
About the Author
She now speaks Tibetan fluently and has done extensive spiritual retreat both in the U.S. and abroad, deepening her understanding and mastery of Tibetan Buddhism under the tutelage of Tulku Sangak (sometimes spelled "Sang-Ngag") Rinpoche, the holder of the Namchak lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and spiritual head of the Namchak Foundation. Rinpoche has asked Lama Tsomo to oversee the planning and construction of the Namchak Retreat Ranch, and she does so through her service on the board of the Namchak Foundation, an educational resource for a national learning community.
Her teaching has inspired American and international students, who appreciate her warm intelligence and her informal, often humorous style. Lama Tsomo is both the mother of three grown children and a grandmother.
She shares her mountain home with her two dogs, whom she describes as her "constant, loving companions throughout the entire, years-long journey of writing this book."
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I now understand why and how the Dalai Lama, and the monks and people who were lucky enough to flee Tibet when the Chinese took over, did not suffer PTSD despite the horrors experienced, and were able to feel compassion for their persecutors.
Lama Tsomo offers a guide to Tibetan Buddhism with steps to build a meditation practice that will lead you to the same inner peace as the Dalai Lama. She starts with an interesting account of her own spiritual exploration, while going through two failed marriages and having three children. After a 25-year spiritual quest, she found the teacher who would offer a course of study for her spiritual enlightenment whom she trusted when she met Tulku Sangak Rinpoche.
Despite the fact that she feels any serious student of Tibetan Buddhism needs to study with qualified masters (retreats or total immersion worked best for her), she does provide sufficient background in the Buddha's teachings along with techniques which can be tried on one's own. These techniques are designed to help remove ego identification to allow our true nature of compassionate awareness to shine forth. It will take a lot of time and effort, but as the author asks, "Do I have something better to do?"
Lama Tsomo recounts scientific evidence that the meditation practices of Tibetan Buddhism can help one replace knee-jerk reactions to people and situations with more balance, constructive responses, and improve one's focus, memory and mood. Instead of clinging to one's small, separate self, even in times of misery, the seeker of enlightenment learns to see themselves as one with the vast ocean, the one great mind, and be motivated to help others with love and compassion.
The book includes an envelope of practice cards that you can use to build a daily practice and see if you are called to immerse yourself further in Tibetan Buddhism. If so, she offers numerous resources, including books, other media and websites.
This book is not one I could read straight through, but rather dip into and contemplate what I was learning a little at a time. While a glossy paperback with beautiful color photographs, at its heart, it is a serious textbook for those who want a guide to practicing Tibetan Buddhism. It can be a bit overwhelming as a first introduction to Buddhism (even with the glossary), but for the serious student, this could be an invaluable guide on their path.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Energy Diet
I read an average 2 books per week, but I must share this book has caused me to read it in tiny, bite size morsels that cause me to reflect and think. I haven't been affected by a book like this in years.
The book itself is very unusual. Under 300 pages in length, the book must weigh at least 2 pounds due to very thick paper. The high quality, slick copy stock includes literally dozens of photographs. Many are not precisely labeled but match the story lines in the chapter which makes it more personal than a travel guide or a who's who.
What makes this book so interesting to me is the way the author shares the detailed story of her journey and how she makes the experience of relevance to others besides herself.
This is not an autobiography, but an invitation to readers to step back from the information overload we face daily and to pause.
To simply "be" for a short time.
I have reviewed several hundred books and items and have never offered a preliminary review, but am pleased to do so for this very moving story. I will plan to update it after I complete it, which will be awhile.
I continue to read my average of 2 or so books per week after I began this one 4 weeks ago, but plan to continue to really enjoy the messages found here.
John J Hogan CHA CHMS CHE CHO
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