By Vicki Mackenzie
Dianne Perry led a standard youth in London's East finish till, in her youngsters, she turned confident there needs to be a religious size to lifetime of a type unavailable to her. After interpreting a booklet on Buddhism she discovered that this was once what she have been looking and left England for India on the age of twenty.After enormous looking she entered a monastery. the single lady between hundreds and hundreds of guys, she grew made up our minds to collapse the prejudices that had excluded girls from the trail to enlightenment for millions of years. She left after six years, set on reaching enlightenment within the physique of a lady; a wholly radical aim. She made up our minds to seclude herself in a distant cave, 12,00 ft up within the Himalayas. For twelve years she confronted unbelievable chilly, wild animals, floods and rockfalls, grew her personal nutrients and slept in a conventional wood meditation field, 3 ft square---she by no means lay down.In 1988 she emerged from the cave decided to construct a convent in northern India, and to restore the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten lady religious elite. From residing as a mendicant of $80 a 12 months, she turned a globe-trotting fundraiser. Tenzin Palmo has agreed to inform her tale simply to Vicki Mackenzie.
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I didn't want anything to damage Mahayana Buddhism. If he had said to ·me, "Look, my dear, I've had women since I was thirteen and I have a son, don't worry about it," which was true, I would have said, "Let's go," because what would have been more fascinating than to practise with Trungpa? None of the men I knew were anything like him,' she said with surprising candour, referring to the fact that in the higher stages of Tibetan· Buddhism in tantra, one takes a sexual partner to enhance one's spiritual insights.
The more I heard about him the more excited I became. I felt this was the person I wanted to take Refuge with,' Tenzin Palmo explained, referring to the ceremony where one commits officially to the Buddhist path. It was Tenzin Palmo's twenty-first birthday, 30 June 1964, when he arrived. 'It was full moon and we were making preparations for some long~life initiations when the telephone rang. Mrs Bedi answered. "Your best birthday present has just arrived at the bus stop," she said. I was so excited and at the same time absolutely terrified.
I felt lighter, unburdened. From that day on I haven't had to think about my hair at all. I still get it shaved once a month,' she said. The day of her ordination is etched indelibly on her mind: 'I was happy, extraordinarily happy,' she recalls. All did not go smoothly, however. Following the custom, she had bought some items in Dalhousie to give to Khamtrul Rinpoche as an offering but mysteriously when she went to get them she couldn't find them. They were completely lost and in fact she never found them again.
Cave in the Snow : Tenzin Palmo's Quest for Enlightenment by Vicki Mackenzie