The Journey Worth Taking

Wisdom & Compassion
(Starting with Yourself)

Book 2 in the Ancient Wisdom for Our
Times Series

Wisdom and Compassion book


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.

Wisdom & Compassion provides an approachable progression through three foundational practices that work in complimentary ways, to promote happiness and well-being. These Vajrayana meditation practices include Tonglen, Shamata, and Cleansing the Stale Winds. 

While Why Bother answered the what and why of Tibetan Buddhist practice, this second volume begins to show you how to bring that power into practice and into your life.


A Path worth taking
A Path worth taking

Book Features

  • Foreword by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
  • Detailed explanations of key Tibetan Buddhist practices, such as Shamata, Tonglen, and the Cleansing the Stale Winds 
  • Insights on how to continue your meditation 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.

Wisdom & Compassion (Starting With Yourself)

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.

Book 2: Wisdom & Compassion (Starting With Yourself)

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

“This beautiful book offers step-by-step guidance in accessible practices, as well as a rich array of stories, scientific perspectives and ways of dealing with challenges that arise on the path.”

– Tara Brach, Ph.D., Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“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

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Features a Foreword from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a
Recommendation from Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche

“For the benefit of Westerners who are beginners 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 writing this current work, in order to provide a bridge that will forge a connection between these cultures.”

– Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, Namchak World Lineage Holder

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 even those who have none, will enjoy this.”

– His Holiness the 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

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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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