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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!

22 October Listening to your Inner Voice: A Weekend Workshop in Personal Leadership New York City, New York
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Visit or send an email to to be added to the waiting list!
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Join Lama Tsomo, a lama in the Namchak lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and Aaron Stern, founder of the Academy for the Love of Learning, for a special workshop in personal leadership. Listening to Your Inner Voice is for those looking to learn well-tested skills for enacting community – wanting to “walk the talk” so often aspired to in so many communities. The workshop includes:

*Teachings and led meditations from Lama Tsomo, a Western-born ordained lama in Tibetan Buddhist tradition 

*Reflective exercises led by Aaron Stern, founder
 of the Academy for the Love of Learning and its Leading by Being® personal leadership trainings 

*Tools to improve group dynamics and interpersonal interactions: at work, at home, in meditation groups, and in community or activist settings.
*Opportunity to ask questions of both master teachers

Namchak Learning Circles will also have the opportunity to meet with Lama Tsomo as a group, in a private setting.

Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Format: Mix of talks, discussions, group work, and solo activities

Up to 40 people, all levels welcome

Cost: $195 for Namchak community members before October 1

Scholarships available. Email for scholarship information

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clear your mind to continue the day. #meditation
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Meditation doesn't mean you stop thinking! #meditation

Namchak is dedicated to sharing one of the oldest forms of Tibetan Buddhist practice and making the teachings newly accessible to Westerners. We serve students on every step of the path, from those exploring mindfulness for the first time to more experienced students.

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