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Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? #BookReview


screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-3-36-03-pmHow can the Dalai Lama always be smiling and full of love and forgiveness given what has happened during his lifetime to the Tibetan people? In Lama Tsomo’s encyclopedic introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?: A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice, she answers this question in depth, having followed the same ancient traditions to find a new way of living for herself.

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. If you think you’d like to start 2017 with a serious spiritual effort to achieve your own Buddha nature, reading this book could be a wonderful start.

Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? is available in Kindle, paperback, Audible and in MP3 CD versions.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets (FREE through Dec. 23), Balance Your Chakras-Balance Your Life, and The Chakra Energy Diet

www.theChakras.org

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QUOTES THAT INSPIRE ME TO KEEP READING AND THINKING…


I’ve been traveling the last month and proofing the final manuscript of Chakra Secrets (now available on Kindle), the sequel to my first book, The Chakra Diaries. Thank goodness, I put in some inspirational quotes at the beginning of each chapter, so I didn’t mind reading and proofing over and over again until I was sure I caught every typo.

I also started a few other fabulous books that I’ll be reviewing in the weeks ahead… including How to Lose your Mind in No Time, Gemstone Power! and The Inner Path, if you want to check them out on Amazon for some inspirational weekend reading.

 
So what quotes were intriguing enough for me to include them in my new book? And to keep me interested in skimming through it again and again? See which ones speak to you and let me know which get you thinking:

 
“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.” ~ Rumi

“Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree, in the midst of them all” ~ The Buddha

“Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

“Life is the sum of all your choices.” ~ Albert Camus

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

“A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.” ~ Terry Guillemets

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

“Forget not that I shall come back to you…” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“My life often seemed to me like a story that has no beginning and no end. I could well imagine that I might have lived in former centuries…that I had been born again because I had not fulfilled the task given to me.” ~ Carl Jung

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If everyone you meet is a mirror reflecting you back to yourself, make sure to find a way to love what you see.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

“If you want OTHERS to be happy, practice compassion. If YOU want to be happy, practice compassion.” The Dalai Lama

“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.” ~ Jean Anouilh

“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home.” ~ Aboriginal Proverb

“It isn’t what you did in the past that will affect the present. It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

“The past is over and done with…fill your mind with awareness of the beauty and goodness in the present.” ~ Serge Kahili King, Ph.D.

While Chakra Secrets is obviously about how chakra balancing changed my life and can change yours, it also contains grains of wisdom I have picked up from many different sources, just like these quotes represent many different life teachings and philosophies. But, in the end, it’s all about choosing happiness. That may sound easy, and it is, once you know the key – which, of course, I offer you at the end of the book.

You can get your Kindle version of Chakra Secrets today!

On September 12, we’ll celebrate the launch of the book with ten lucky winners receiving: Signed, first-edition copies of Chakra Secrets plus Crystal Chakra jewelry, pendulums and more surprises! Enter to win at www.thechakras.org, now through midnight Sept. 11th.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries and Chakra Secrets

 

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