Tenzin Palmo was raised in London and while in her teens she became
a Buddhist. In 1964, at the age of twenty, she decided to go to India
to pursue her spiritual path.
met her Guru, His Eminence the eighth Khamtrul Rinpoche and became one
of the first Westerners to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She
remained with Khamtrul Rinpoche and his community in Himachal Pradesh,
northern India, for six years and then he directed her to the Himalayan
valley of Lahaul in order to undertake more intensive practice. Tenzin
Palmo stayed in a small monastery there for several years, remaining
in retreat during the long winter months. Then, seeking for more seclusion
and better conditions for practice, she found a nearby cave where she
remained for another 12 years, the last 3 years in strict retreat. She
left India in 1988 and went to stay in Italy where she taught at various
Khamtrul Rinpoche passed away in 1980, he had on several occasions requested
Tenzin Palmo to start a nunnery. In 1993, the Lamas of the Khampagar
monastery at Tashi Jong in Himachal Pradesh again made this request.
This time Tenzin Palmo was ready to take on the formidable task and
committed herself to this project. Tenzin Palmo now lives for most of
the year at Tashi Jong where she has established Dongyu
Gatsal Ling Nunnery in temporary accommodation until the building
of the nunnery nearby is completed. She travels for 3 months each year
to teach and raise funds for the nunnery project.