December 7, 2023

Bonus: Lama Tsomo – Meditation on the Suffering of Being Misunderstood

Tibetan Buddhist teacher, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation, Lama Tsomo shares a Tonglen Meditation practice. In Tibetan, Tonglen means “sending and receiving.” Lama Tsomo guides us through a compassion practice focused on the pain of being misunderstood. She invites us to first send compassion to ourselves, then to someone we know, and finally to all of humanity.

In this 10-minute meditation, the empathetic part of our brain is activated, dissolving the barrier between “us” and “them” and inspiring connection to ourselves, our loved ones, and the world.

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“There’s no more them. There is only us.”

- Lama Tsomo

Guest Information

Lama Tsomo

Lama Tsomo is an American lama, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Retreat Ranch, an organization dedicated to sharing Tibetan Buddhist wisdom and meditation practices. Born into a Midwestern Jewish household, she followed a path of spiritual inquiry and study that ultimately led to her ordination as a lama in Tibetan Buddhism. After a decade of practice, she became fluent in Tibetan and now teaches students in the U.S. and abroad. She is particularly passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change. She holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and is the author of the Ancient Wisdom for Our Times Tibetan Buddhist Practice Series, and co-author of The Lotus & the Rose: A Conversation Between Tibetan Buddhism & Mystical Christianity.

Learn more about Lama Tsomo and her work at namchak.org

Notes & Resources

To learn more about Lama Tsomo and Tibetan Buddhist meditation, visit namchak.org.

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