Questions With Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Date(s) - 27 Nov 2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm




We are delighted and honoured to be blessed by Jetsunma’s wise and compassionate presence online especially for us! The format of the session will be question and answers and Jetsunma has requested we send her the questions in advance. We hope you will make wise use of this wonderful and rare opportunity to ask a Meditation Master anything about life, meditation, women in Buddhism, or whatever else you might wish!


Jetsunma (Venerable Master) Tenzin Palmo is known to many as the amazing bhikkhuni (bhikshuni in the Mahayana tradition) upon whose life the book
“The Cave In The Snow” is based.


Born in London in 1943 to a fishmonger and a spiritualist, she travelled to India at the age of 20 and found her spiritual calling as a nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She ordained in 1964 and in 1973 took full bhikshuni ordination, making her now the senior-most female western bhikkhuni across traditions, world-wide. After training her mind for twelve years in readiness, her deep yearning for the truth led her to seek complete solitude in a very remote cave tucked away at over 3000m altitude in the Himalayan mountains. She remained there for a further twelve years on retreat, meditating and sleeping sitting upright in a box. Since her retreat ended in 1988, Jetsunma lived in Assisi, Italy, and in 2000 at the request of her Teacher H.E 9th Kamtrul Rinpoche, established Dongyu Gatsal Ling; a monastery for Himalayan nuns.


Please send your questions to for us to organise. We will group questions in themes to avoid repetition and attempt to include as many as we can. (Please DO NOT send questions to the return address given by Zoom!)



Read Jetsunma’s full biography here.






~ Due to high no-show rates we will overbook this event by 25% to ensure the best attendance possible. Please turn up 15 minutes early on the day to get a place! We will also be recording (and possibly live-streaming) the event so no one will miss out 🙂

~ A few days after registering you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. You need to keep this safe as we cannot resend the link!