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Meet a Living Legend! The Venerable Tenzin Palmo

Countrywide: November and December - 2007-10-24
Meet the Venerable Tenzin Palmo whose life and 12-year retreat in the Himalayas are recorded in Vicki Mackenzie’s book Cave in the Snow.

We are deeply honoured to receive the Venerable Tenzin Palmo in South Africa.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the most remarkable personalities in the modern history of Buddhism: Nov - Dec 2007 in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Plettenberg Bay, Stanford, Cape Town, and Durban.

Buddhism is often called the Religion of Compassion. Indeed, throughout its history, an abiding characteristic of Buddhism has been its kindness and gentleness that recognises the intrinsic goodness in all things (our basic sanity) and a willingness to work towards the happiness and fulfillment of all beings. This is expressed in Bodhicitta: the resolve to pass onto others whatever virtues and spiritual qualities one may develop.

The Venerable Tenzin Palmo is an outstanding example of such a Buddhist: a Bodhisattva. Born in England, she was mesmerised ever since she heard the word “Buddhism” as a teenager. She left for India in 1964 and spent many years as a nun studying under her root guru the 8th Kamtrul Rinpoche, a Drukpa Kagyu master. She was ordained as a novice nun by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa (sramanerika) and in 1973 ordained as a bikshuni – the highest ordination. In 1976 she found her cave in the snowy Himalayas where she spent 12 years living like a hermit in total isolation doing intense spiritual practices - under the supervision of some of the greatest Tibetan lamas.

Since 1999 she has taken on the daunting task of establishing a nunnery in northern India for the indigenous young women who seek spiritual and intellectual realisation within a monastic community. This was at the request of the 9th Kamtrul Rinpoche. The young women come to be educated, to become monastics, or scholars, or philosophers and teachers to establish their own nunneries in their provinces so that they may continue to transmit these valuable teachings. This includes training in the almost extinct yogini tradition known as togdenma. It is said that in a previous life Tenzin Palmo undertook to become enlightened in the body of a female – what an inspiration!

As international fund-raiser for the Dongyu Gatsal Ling nunnery, Tenzin Palmo has become a burgundy-and-saffron-clad globetrotter. "I had planned to stay in my cave," she said, “but life has a way of serving you up with what you need rather than what you think you want."

For more information see Tenzin Palmo’s website at www.tenzinpalmo.org

I fully support this project because I have believed for many years that it is important to set up nunneries of high standard where the study of Dharma is emphasised. I am particularly happy that this project is being undertaken by Bhikshuni Tenzin Palmo.... I wish and pray for the success of her project.
      - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

We need to learn to open up the heart and be able to give whenever we see a need. This means even little things. Not just material things, but smiles, a nice word, time to listen, sometimes just being there for others.
      - Tenzin Palmo

The Venerable Tenzin Palmo will be presenting public talks and meditation retreats as follows.
Recommended reading before: Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie.


Discovering Basic Sanity
Tues 13 November 6.30 for 7.00pm
at Irene Country Lodge. R125.
Unreserved seating - book through Computicket. Contact Hildegard for details: [email protected]

Transforming Problems into Wisdom
Wed 14 November 6.30 for 7.00pm at the Lamrim
Centre, Cottesloe (Auckland Park.). R80.
Unreserved seating - book through Computicket.

Living a Meaningful Life
Fri 16 November at 7.00pm
at the Anglican Church Hall – includes supper. R75.
Contact Leela at 044 533 0453 or email: Sat Chit Anand Buddhist Centre: [email protected]

Discovering Basic Sanity
Sun 18 November 10.30am-1.30pm
at Bodhi Khaya Retreat Centre.
R125 includes brunch. Contact & booking: Amber at 028 388 0156 or email: [email protected]

Discovering Basic Sanity
Wed 21 Nov 5.30-7.00pm
at the Baxter Concert Hall with reception afterwards: R140.00. Reserved seating – book through Computicket.

Living a Meaningful Life
Tues 4 December at 6.45pm at
The Botanic Gardens Visitors’ Complex
NBS Education Centre, Sydenham Road, Durban. R60.00 Unreserved seating - book through Computicket.
Contact: Elizabeth: [email protected]
Tel: 031.7014307 for further details.


The three retreats at EMOYENI RETREAT CENTRE, GOEDGEDACHT FARM at Riebeek Kasteel and the BUDDHIST RETREAT CENTRE IXOPO are fully booked with waiting lists.

GENERAL INFORMATION and enquiries [email protected].


These will be available at all talks and some of these also beforehand – please enquire.
Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie (Bloomsbury) - a fascinating biography
Reflections on a Mountain Lake by Tenzin Palmo (Snow Lion) – an excellent resource of Ani-la’s own teachings
Three Teachings by Tenzin Palmo – featuring Retreat, Mahamudra practice and Mindfulness


Only one biographical film has been made on the life and philosohpy of Tenzin Palmo based on
Cave in the Snow – about 60 minutes with spectacular photography and deeply moving interviews..
It will soon be screened by the various organisers of this visit and we may have extra copies to sell.
First screening: Labia on Orange in Cape Town on Sunday 26 August at 6.30pm. Call Labia to book at
021 424 5927. Watch this space for more screenings!


You can imagine the organisers of the visit of The Venerable Tenzin Palmo are taking a huge financial risk. In order to help with this visit, and future similar visits, please open your heart and donate whatever you may wish to. Please put as reference DONATION. Should you wish to receive acknowledgement, please as reference put: DONATION with your surname, and email to the organisers at: [email protected].

Dedicated bank account at FNB Claremont code 200109. Current account: Tenzin Palmo. 621 382 331 27
With many thanks and appreciation.