Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was born in London in 1943. When she was twenty years old she traveled to India and soon after met her teacher. In 1964, she became one of the first Western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. After twelve years of study and frequent retreats during the long Himalayan winters, she sought complete seclusion. She found a remote cave, where she practiced intensively for another twelve years. Cave in the Snow: A Western Woman’s Quest for Enlightenment is the story of her life. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is a renowned champion for the rights of women to attain spiritual enlightenment. She is the founder of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in India.

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Into The Heart of Life, by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Snow Lion Publications, 2011

Cave In The Snow, A Western Woman’s Quest for Enlightenment, by Vickie Mackenzie. Bloomsbury, 2008.

Reflections On A Mountain Lake: Teachings On Practical Buddhism, by Ani Tenzin Palmo. Snow Lion Publications, 2002.

Three Teachings, by Venerable Tenzin Palmo. Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc. 1999. (This is a free eBook.)

You may purchase these books as well as many CDs and DVDs at the DGL Nunnery Online Shop. The books can also be purchased through all major booksellers.


Jetsunma’s teachings can be found many places online, but we’ve pulled together some for you on the Dharma Teachings page

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