Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London. In 1964, aged 20, she traveled to India to pursue her spiritual path and met her Teacher, His Eminence the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist Lama.

She became one of the first Westerners to ordain as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. The inspiring story of her life, including 12 years of secluded retreat in a Himalayan cave, is the subject of the biography, Cave in the Snow.

A popular Buddhist teacher, she presents the Dharma in an accessible manner to audiences across the world, offering methods to apply the Buddhist teachings in every day life.

Jetsunma is Founder and Abbess of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in H.P. where some 100 young women, from the Himalayan region receive monastic training.

In 2008 Tenzin Palmo was given the title of Jetsunma, which means Venerable Master, by His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, Head of her lineage.


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Events with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Three Yana Retreat
June 17, 2018

The Three Yana retreat will cover the historical and contemplative development of Buddhism involving a combination of meditation practice and daily teachings. During each section there will be noble silence and six hours of practice per day as well as two hours of teachings by Tara Mandala Authorized Teachers. An…

Mahayana: Vast View, Open Heart
June 27, 2018

This retreat will explore new developments that took place during the Mahayana period such as the Prajnaparamita Sutra, Madhyamaka and Yogacara philosophies, Buddha Nature, and the greater emphasis on compassionate motivation. Meditations on Tonglen, the Four Immeasurables, and the Six Paramitas will also be taught. We are excited to announce…

Benefit for Tara Mandala and Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery: An Afternoon of Intimate Dialogue
July 1, 2018

Join us for an intimate afternoon with two of the most well-known and influential female Buddhist teachers in the West today, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Lama Tsultrim Allione. They will answer audience questions and share stories and insights from their many years of Dharma practice and teaching. There will be…