Business Beginnings, Part 2: Stone Walls

Sonam Lama was trained as a stonemason in his native Tibet. He worked as a volunteer apprentice to a master stonemason rebuilding monasteries after the cultural revolution. When Sonam moved to Massachusetts over 20 years ago, he started by volunteering to rebuild an old New England stone wall for a friend, and from there his reputation grew.

“When they say your work is amazing, what do they mean?”"It is a great feeling for me to know that my walls will be there after I am gone… A good stonemason must really know a rock well…to break one stone into two.”Sonam recently bought an old abandoned motel in South Deerfield and converted it into the Tibetan Plaza, a complex that has a Tibetan import store, organic pizza shop, and bakery. On the site he constructed a beautiful stupa, a sacred Buddhist monument. Ken Schoen, Sonam’s interviewer, invited us to visit his Jewish bookstore and site of the Jewish Historical Society of Western Massachusetts where we saw some Jane Trigere’s artwork. After we met Sonam we walked 7 times around the stupa and observed the fast growing lotus pond.These interviews were organized in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Western Massachusetts.



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  • Dear sonam lama lak,
    When i first to read and see you picture,its so amazin and very fantastic. So i appreaciate your professional work and i am always support with you work. Still you can make some new design for the stone making and specially more concern for the cultural activities, that very important so take care and good luck for you interesting job. lastly may hope for world peace and harmony.
    with your’s faithfully
    lobsang nyima.

    Comment from lobsang nyima on December 31, 2008 at 8:02 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Chaela,

    The images are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment from Susan Sawyers on October 21, 2008 at 3:49 pm - Reply to this Comment

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