Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is a world-renowned champion for the right of women to pursue a rigorous education and attain spiritual enlightenment.
Born Diane Perry in London in 1943, Tenzin Palmo traveled to India at the age of 20. Soon afterwards, she met her spiritual teacher and 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, Tenzin Palmo sought deeper seclusion. She discovered a remote mountain cave, where she practiced intensively for another twelve years, including three years in complete solitude.
Following her now legendary retreat, Jetsunma founded Dongyu Gatsal Ling (DGL) Nunnery, to offer devoted girls and young women an opportunity to realize their academic and spiritual potential. She resides at DGL and ventures out occasionally to teach and to raise funds for DGL nunnery.
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