Excellence Reporter: Jetsunma, what is the meaning of life?
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo:
“In brief I would say that on a conventional level: the meaning of life is to live to benefit oneself and to benefit others.
On an ultimate level our life is an opportunity to realise the wisdom and compassion which is our true nature.”
~Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London. In 1964, aged 20, she traveled to India to pursue her spiritual path and met her guru, 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. Jetsunma’s Teachings are available in two books: Into the Heart of Life and Reflections on a Mountain Lake.
A popular Buddhist teacher, she presents the Dharma in an accessible manner to audiences across the world.
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 addition, Jetsunma guides a group of dedicated nuns training in the yogic tradition of the Togdenma lineage.
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. She is President of Sakyadhita International and a member of the Supreme Dhamma Council of the International Buddhist Confederation.
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