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Venerable Lama Losang Samten at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg

October 3, 2010

Cendrine Marrouat
September 30, 2010

In North America, Buddhism has received a lot of
attention and been debated through hundreds of
books. With so much choice, it is always hard to
make an informed decision as to which one will
answer our most pressing questions. Venerable
Lama Losang Samten seems to have found the
solution. On September 29, 2010, he was at
McNally Robinson Booksellers, in Winnipeg, to
introduce and sign "Ancient Teachings in Modern
Times: Buddhism in the 21st Century," his first book in English.

More and more people struggle financially and
want a quick fix for their problems. Samten feels
that humans have been on a constant search for
meaning. They have questions and want to improve
their spirituality: "How do I practice and
meditate?" they often ask. Further, he has
noticed that the younger generation does not know
how older monks and nuns escaped from Tibet and how monasteries were built.

With all those ideas in mind, Samten decided to
come up with a book that would bring to light the
profound essence of the ancient teaching of the
Buddha, teaching that readers could include in
their daily routine. The book would also have to
be reader-friendly, hence allowing as many people
as possible to understand its beauty. A year or
two ago, Lori Petruskevich, who helped organize
the signing at McNally Robinson, met Samten in
his retreat in Dharamsala, India, and they
started working on the manuscript. After many
months of hard work, the book was born.

Samten insists that "Ancient Teachings in Modern
Times: Buddhism in the 21st Century" offers an
insight into his personal experience. "It will
teach you how to live together and be kind to yourself," he says.

"Ancient Teachings in Modern Times: Buddhism in
the 21st Century" is available for purchase
through Venerable Lama Losang Samten's Website
and at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

About Venerable Lama Losang Samten

Venerable Lama Losang Samten is a renowned
Tibetan scholar, spiritual teacher and artist.
The occupation of Tibet by Communist China forced
his family to flee their homeland in 1959. Ten
years later, they relocated to Dharamsala, India,
where he joined the Namgyal Monastery – the
monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There,
Samten earned the highest degree attainable.
After being the personal attendant to the 14th
Dalai Lama, he moved to the United States in
1988. He created the first public sand mandala in
the West. Since then, he has created many more in
museums, universities and galleries throughout the world.

For more information on Venerable Lama Losang
Samten, visit his official Website.
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