By Vicki Mackenzie
The tale of Tenzin Palmo, an Englishwoman, the daughter of a fishmonger from London's East finish, who spent 12 years on my own in a cave 13,000 toes up within the Himalayas and have become a world-renowned religious chief and champion of the perfect of girls to accomplish religious enlightenment. Diane Perry grew up in London's East finish. on the age of 18 although, she learn a e-book on Buddhism and realised that this may fill a long-sensed void in her existence. In 1963, on the age of 20, she went to India, the place she finally entered a monastery. Being the single lady among thousands of priests, she all started her conflict opposed to the unfairness that has excluded girls from enlightenment for hundreds of thousands 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 incredible chilly, wild animals, floods, snow and rockfalls, grew her personal meals and slept in a standard wood meditation field, 3 toes sq. - she by no means lay down. In 1988 she emerged from the cave with a choice to construct a convent in northern India to restore the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten lady religious elite.
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Both were brave, women, adventurers and drawn to Tibetan Buddhism. But TenzlO Palmo was much deeper IOto the spimual path than Alexandra Davld-Neel. When she went to hve 10 the cave I used to worry about her greatly. ' Tenzin Palmo now entered an extremely pleasant phJse of her life. She was content at last. Finally she was leh alone to practise. The long snow-bound winter months provided the most perfect opportunity to enter prolonged retreat - the absolutely necessary prerequisite for spiritual advancement.
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She had left England long before all thar had h;tppened. ~lore ~pecifically, there were nn women gurus w turn to for help. ,It w,\'. o~ly gr;tdually that I hegan to thrnk, no, wait a minute, Thh ISIl'T nght, and to feel \'ery sad,' she said. IT one slgnrficanr POInt in rime. llmo nude the vow that \Vas to inspIre hundreds of women :H:ro .. ~ the world when they later heard of It. lrtal(1 Fnltghtcnmenr ;\~ a woman. ·It \\'a~ J moment ot sheer tru~(ranon (llter I'd bcen rele"'red yet ,lgam on ;lccoUllt ot bCl1lg female.
Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie