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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 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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