The Journey Worth Taking

Wisdom & Compassion (Starting with Yourself)

Book 2 in the Ancient Wisdom for Our Times Series

Wisdom & Compassion (Starting With Yourself)

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Continuing the Path of Tibetan Buddhist Practice


In Wisdom & Compassion, the second volume of her practice series, Lama Tsomo continues her journey with Tibetan Buddhist practice, sharing insights from her teacher Gochen Tulku Sangak* Rinpoche, Buddha, and her own personal journey. 

It provides an approachable progression through three foundational practices that work in complimentary ways, to promote happiness and well-being. Then you gain their full benefit, as the Buddha says, for yourself and others. While Why Bother answered the what and why of Tibetan Buddhist practice and its power, this volume begins to show you how to put that power into practice. 

  • Foreword by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama 
  • Explanations of key Tibetan Buddhist practices, such as Shamata, Tonglen, and the Cleansing the Stale Winds. 
  • Insights on how to continue your practice after finishing the book.
  • Ancient wisdom shared in accessible language by a Western teacher steeped in the tradition.
  • Recommended reading and resource links to meditation videos, study guides, and information on how to join a meditation circle.

Foundational Context for Tibetan Buddhist Practice


Lama Tsomo takes us on a journey with her Ancient Wisdom for Our Times practice series, beginning with the perspectives of Tibetan Buddhism, out of which these highly refined practices grow. Why Bother introduces us to the Tibetan Buddhist way of viewing the world, and Book 2, Wisdom & Compassion: Starting with Yourself, offers actual practices, along with more concrete guidance in Lama Tsomo’s personal, engaging style, to making this ancient lineage accessible — from Westerner to Westerner. 

The Sequel to a Foundational Text 

Wisdom & Compassion: Starting with Yourself is the second part to an accessible introduction to Tibetan Buddhist meditation. This book is for anyone who wants to continue their journey after reading Why Bother: An Introduction.

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What People are Saying

" Lama Tsomo is a unique Buddhist teacher, an American woman, mother and Tibetan Buddhist lama who embodies the deep practice of her tradition with her intimate understanding of the Western mind. Her teachings are highly accessible, down to earth and very practical. The meditation tools she teaches are ones that have been practiced for more than 2000 years. And now we have modern scientific evidence that establishes that these methods can indeed be enormously helpful in cultivating a calm mind and warm heart, qualities that most would agree will help make our world a better place!" 

Richie Davidson 

“Lama Tsomo gives me new ways to summon calm and equanimity in a sea of storm in the world through various meditation techniques. From her to me, from me to you, from you to the universe with each breathe. The world is better.” 

Huey-Min Chuang

“I wouldn't be where I am today with my meditation practice if it weren't for Lama Tsomo. Her ability to take these Eastern practices and make them feel relatable to Westerners is incredible. Not only does she make you feel welcome, she makes you feel at home. If I could recommend one teacher to learn from, it would be her.”

Joe Previte 


Features a Foreward from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a Recommendation from Gochen Tulku Sang-Ngag Rinpoche

Dalai Lama

“The book outlines the basic views of the Tibetan tradition and examples of some of its practices for the modern reader.” 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“I have no doubt that Western readers who wish to deepen their understanding of Tibetan Buddhist practices will find much to interest them here, and that members of other faiths, or eben those who none, will enjoy this.” 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“For the benefit of Westerners who are beginning in the practice of Buddhism, Lama Tsomo has drawn on her own knowledge of Western and Eastern ways of thinking and devoted all of her efforts to writring this current work, in order to provide a bridge that will forge a connection between these cultures.” 

Gochen Tulku Sang-Ngag Rinpoche,
Namchak World Lineage Holder 

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About Lama Tsomo

Lama Tsomo is an American lama, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation and Namchak Retreat Ranch. Born Linda Pritzker, Lama Tsomo followed a path of spiritual inquiry and study 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 retreats 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. She is especially passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change. Her teaching has inspired American and international students, who appreciate her informal, and often humorous, style.

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