By Vicki Mackenzie
The tale of Tenzin Palmo, an Englishwoman, the daughter of a fishmonger from London's East finish, who spent 12 years by myself in a cave 13,000 ft up within the Himalayas and have become a world-renowned non secular chief and champion of the precise of ladies to accomplish religious enlightenment. Diane Perry grew up in London's East finish. on the age of 18 besides the fact that, she learn a ebook on Buddhism and realised that this is able to fill a long-sensed void in her lifestyles. In 1963, on the age of 20, she went to India, the place she finally entered a monastery. Being the one lady among 1000s of priests, she begun her conflict opposed to the bias that has excluded girls from enlightenment for millions of years. In 1976 she secluded herself in a distant cave 13,000 toes up within the Himalayas, the place she stayed for 12 years among the a long time of 33 and forty five. during this mountain hideaway she confronted unbelievable chilly, wild animals, floods, snow and rockfalls, grew her personal foodstuff and slept in a conventional wood meditation field, 3 toes sq. - she by no means lay down. In 1988 she emerged from the cave with a decision to construct a convent in northern India to restore the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten girl religious elite.
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I knew that was what I wanted to be. I rushed to Khamtrul Rmpoche to ask him. He was delighted. "In Tibet 1 had many Togdenmas," he said, "but now I don't have even one. I prar thar you will become an IOstrumem in re-establishmg the Togdenma lineage. '" Like all Tenzin Palmo's deSires to progress on the splntual path, this one too was thwarted by opposition from the commUnity. She continued to be given the most elementary me in a blanket of his haIr. 'I used to worry about theIr half - thinking it must have been full of lice.
E of karma) Tenzin Palmo, as Khamtrul Rinpoche's 'only nun', managed to find herself in the bizarre situation of being a lone woman among 100 monks. By absolute accident she had entered the mighty portals of Tibetan monasticism, barred to the oppoSIte sex for centuries. As the pyramids were to Egypt, so the monasteries were to Tibet. At their grandest they were vast instirunons, stretching like towns over the mountain slopes and buzzing with the massed vitality of thousands of monks engaged in the pursuit of spiritual excellence.
It was very SOCIable! ' Actually, they gathered to card and spm fleece for their families. One person would provide food and drink while their guests would Spill their wool for them. They would rotate so everyone's work was completed as a team. After six years she had had enough. ' she said. 'I decided I had to move our, to find somewhere quieter . lid. Oflm3te relationship wnh them. : she addressed them In her own immitable way: 'Look here - If you find me a sunahle place to do a retreat, then on my side 1 promIse I will try to practise; she prayed.
Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie