Tibetan Buddhist Nun - Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
“I took the vow to attain enlightenment in a female body, no matter how many lifetimes it may take.”
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo became famous worldwide both through Vicki Mackenzie's book Cave in the Snow and Australian Liz Thompson’s award winning documentary, Cave in the Snow, narrated by Rachel Ward, both of which chronicled her quest to attain realization in a female body.
Born as a fishmonger's daughter in London yet becoming a Buddhist Nun at a very early age, Tenzin Palmo has set an unprecedented example of following in the footsteps of the most dedicated Tibetan Buddhist yogis, by spending twelve years in solitary retreat in a cave in Ladakh in northern India, immersing herself deeply in meditative practice.
In February 2008 Tenzin Palmo was given the rare title of Jetsunma, which means Master, in recognition of her spiritual achievements as a nun and her efforts in promoting the status of female practitioners in Tibetan Buddhism.
She has earned the unabashed respect of traditional Asian teachers and modern Westerners alike and also the respect of Australia’s very own Magda Suzbanksi, who will join Jetsunma, in what is sure to be an enlightening and entertaining evening of conversation.
A Conversation with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Magda Suzbanski
Steadfast Peace: In Unstable Times
Friday 28th July – 7pm-9.30pm
Actors Centre – Italian Forum, Leichhardt
We are living in uncertain times - that is indeed certain - but how do we find peace in our hearts and minds during such times? Tenzin Palmo has some timely advice for us all, on just how to, in one sense, Keep Calm & Carry On.
“Even Tibetan masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, are beginning to realize, if you want real devotion and focus, you have to look to the nuns,” Tenzin Palmo says proudly.
Watch the Cave in the Snow Documentary here: