"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was born in London in 1943. She traveled to India when she was 20, met her teacher, and in 1964 became one of the first Western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. After 12 years of study and frequent retreats during the long Himalayan winter months, she sought complete seclusion. She found a nearby cave, where she stayed and practiced for another 12 years. In the mid 1990's, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo founded Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery and reinstated there the 'Togdenma' (yogini) tradition. The Nunnery was established as an environment where young nuns of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage from the Himalayan regions can realize their spiritual and intellectual potential after so many centuries of neglect. She is the author of Reflections on a Mountain Lake: Teachings on Practical Buddhism.

To find out more about Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's life, read Vicki Mackenzie's biography A Cave in the Snow: Tenzin Palmo's Quest for Enlightenment.

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6/20/2018Therigatha 'Verses of the Elder Nuns' Retreat
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