Lama Tsomo

Lama Tsomo brings her unique perspective to finding happiness in her latest book, Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?

Born into a Midwestern household, Lama Tsomo followed a path of spiritual inquiry that ultimately led to her ordination as one of the few American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism.

Under the tutelage of Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, international holder of the Namchak lineage, Lama Tsomo has done extensive spiritual retreat in the U.S. and abroad and is fluent in Tibetan. Today, she is dedicated to sharing the teachings of the Namchak lineage with Western students, bringing greater happiness and meaning to life through meditation practice, community, and retreat.

Her teaching has inspired American and international students, who appreciate her informal, and 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.”

Lama Tsomo is a winner of the National Indie Excellence and Independent Publisher (IPPY) awards.

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