“I took the vow to attain enlightenment in a female body, no matter how many lifetimes it may take.”
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo became famous worldwide both through Vicki Mackenzie's book Cave in the Snow and Australian Liz Thompson’s award winning documentary, Cave in the Snow, narrated by Rachel Ward, both of which chronicled her quest to attain realization in a female body.
And in July she is coming to Sydney for 2 ONLY special events.
Born as a fishmonger's daughter in London, Tenzin Palmo has set an unprecedented example of following in the footsteps of the most dedicated Tibetan yogis, by spending twelve years in solitary retreat in a cave in Ladakh, immersing herself so deeply in this tradition, that she has earned the unabashed respect of traditional Asian teachers and modern Westerners alike.
She is the most senior Western Tibetan Buddhist nun alive.
She is an author of several books, a world renowned teacher of Buddhism and is currently realizing her heartfelt aspiration by establishing the DGL nunnery in northern India, which is solely dedicated to offering the nuns optimal opportunities to study, debate, and meditate—a privilege usually reserved for monks.
In addition to her role as Founding Director of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, Jetsunma is President of Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women, Founding Director of the Alliance of Non Himalayan Nuns; Honorary Advisor to the International Network of Engaged Buddhists and Founding Member of the Committee for Bhiksuni Ordination.
In February 2008 Tenzin Palmo was given the rare title of Jetsunma, which means Venerable Master, by His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, in recognition of her spiritual achievements as a nun and her efforts in promoting the status of female practitioners in Tibetan Buddhism.
“Even Tibetan masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, are beginning to realize, if you want real devotion and focus, you have to look to the nuns,” Tenzin Palmo says proudly.
A Conversation with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Magda Szubanski
Steadfast Peace: In Unstable Times
Friday 28th July – 7pm-9.30pm
Actors Centre – Italian Forum, Leichhardt
We are living in uncertain times - that is indeed certain - but how do we find peace in our hearts and minds during such times? Tenzin Palmo has some timely advice for us all, on just how to, in one sense, Keep Calm & Carry On.
Visit Jetsunma's page on our website for further information and to obtain tickets.