Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (official)
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London and became a Buddhist while still in her teens. At the age of twenty, she traveled to India, becoming one of the first Westerners to be ordained as a Buddhist nun.
The international bestseller ‘Cave in the Snow’ chronicles her twelve years of seclusion in a remote cave. Deeply concerned with the plight of Buddhist nuns, she established Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in India. In 2008 His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage, gave her the rare title of Jetsunma (Venerable Master).
For a more complete biography please visit her website
During her early days at the monastery, Jetsunma asked a high lama if there was any advantage in having a female form. From her biography, ‘Cave in the Snow’: ‘He said he would think about it. The next day he came back and said, “I have been thinking about it and the answer is ‘no’, there are no advantages whatsoever.” I thought, one advantage is that we don’t have a male ego.’
“People like Chenrezig and Manjushri, whoever, Tara and so forth, they are not separate from us, they are our true nature, it is who we really are, if only we could see clearly. We think we are ordinary sentient beings but we are not. This is our tragedy. ”
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
Teachings on 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
Deer Park Institute, India, April 2012
“I read her book “Cave in the Snow” several years ago.  I have since reread it.  I have also read her book “Reflections on a Mountain Lake”.  Both are amazing books, but especially Cave in the Snow. I found it inspiring, so much so..that I wanted to go find a cave and immerse myself in meditation…simply an amazing woman.-Jen
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: