Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London and became a Buddhist while still in her teens. At the age of twenty, she traveled to India, becoming one of the first Westerners to be ordained as a Buddhist nun. Her lineage is within the Drukpa Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The international bestseller “Cave in the Snow” chronicles her twelve years of seclusion in a remote cave in the Himalayas. Deeply concerned with the plight of Buddhist nuns, she established Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in India, at the request of her Guru, His Eminence the Eighth Khamtrul Rinpoche, Director of Khampagar Monastery.
In 2008 His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage, gave her the rare title of Jetsunma (Venerable Master). Jetsunma has written two books; Reflections on a MountainLake and Into the Heart of Life. Further details on her life and work can be found on: