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“The secret is identifying with the whole ocean,
instead of just one wave.”

Lama Tsomo

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Why Is the
Dalai Lama
Always Smiling?

Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? is the first in a three book series, with Book I being a beginner’s introduction to Tibetan Buddhist theory and practice.

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Lama Tsomo

Lama Tsomo (Lama Sangak Yeshe Tsomo) brings her unique perspective to Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? Born into a Midwestern Jewish household, she followed a path of spiritual inquiry that ultimately led to her ordination as one of the few American female lamas teaching Tibetan Buddhism. 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, a primary holder of the Namchak lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and spiritual head of the Namchak Foundation.

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Upcoming Events
13 September Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? Book Signing and Discussion Shakespeare & Co.

103 W 3rd St W Missoula, Montana 59801

From 7:00 - 8:00 pm
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Join Lama Tsomo for a book reading and discussion of her newly-released book Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?: A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice. The discussion will be followed by a book signing. Call (406) 549-9010 for more information!

24 March Finding Wisdom and Peace in Ancient Practice: A Weekend Retreat New York City, New York
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