Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

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Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo teaching at the Rigpa London centre in May 2016

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is a fully ordained nun (Skt. bhikṣuṇī) in the Drukpa Kagyü school of Tibetan Buddhism. She is an author, teacher and founder of the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in Himachal Pradesh, India. She is best known for being one of the very few Western yoginis trained in the East, having spent twelve years living in a remote cave in the Himalayas, three of those years in strict meditation retreat.

Vicki Mackenzie, who wrote Cave in the Snow about her, relates that what inspired the writing of the book was reading Tenzin Palmo's statement to a Buddhist magazine that "I have made a vow to attain enlightenment in the female form—no matter how many lifetimes it takes".


  • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Into the Heart of Life (Snow Lion, 2011)
  • Ani Tenzin Palmo, Reflections On A Mountain Lake: Teachings On Practical Buddhism (Snow Lion, 2002)

Visits to Rigpa Centres

  • Rigpa London, 27 May 2016

Further Reading

  • Vicki Mackenzie, Cave in the Snow (Bloomsbury, 1999)

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