Female teachers

Tenzin Palmo

Venerable Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London and while in her teens she became a Buddhist. In 1964, at the age of twenty, she decided to go to India to pursue her spiritual path. There she met her teacher, H. E. the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche and became one of the first Westerners to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun.

She remained with her teacher and his community in India, for six years and then he directed her to the Himalayan valley of Lahaulin order to undertake more intensive practice. Tenzin Palmo stayed for several years in a small monastery and later in a nearby cave where she remained for another 12 years, the last 3 years in strict retreat.

She left India in 1988 and went to stay in Italy where she taught at various Dharma centres. Before H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche passed away in 1980, requested Tenzin Palmo to start a nunnery. Tenzin Palmo took on the task and she began collecting funds.

In 1999 she established a Charitable Trust in India to establish Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery. Vicki Mackenzie has written her life story in the book 'Cave in the Snow'.

A Buddhist perspective - talk at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, 21st June 2016


  • Three Teachings (1999)
  • free download (PDF)
  • Reflections on a mountain lake, teachings on practical bouddhism (Snow Lion, 2002)



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