Cave in the Snow
The official film on the extraordinary life of Tenzin Palmo
Inspired by the international best-selling biography
Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie
produced by Ellenor Cox for Firelight Productions, Australia, 2003.

Thursday 14 February at 11am
at Simon’s Town museum
Ticket: R20
Booking required: tel 021 786 3046 or by return email
Running time: 52 minutes

Why and how did an Englishwoman Diane Perry,
daughter of a fishmonger from London’s East End,
become a Buddhist legend and a champion for women
to attain spiritual enlightenment?

What was it she was looking for?

“From a very early age I believed we were inherently perfect. I asked everybody: What is perfection? How do we attain it?” This deep yearning for perfection led her to commit her life to attain enlightenment in the body of a woman. Enlightenment: the highest state of evolution humankind could ever achieve.

The second westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun (“the biggest blessing of my life”) Tenzin Palmo secluded herself in a cave in the Himalayas where she spent 12 years doing intensive spiritual practices. She faced unimaginable cold, avalanches, blizzards, wolves, grew her own food –
and was very happy.

Since 1999 she has taken on the daunting task of establishing a nunnery in northern India for the indigenous young women who seek spiritual and intellectual realisation. As international fund-raiser for the Dongyu Gatsal Ling nunnery, Tenzin Palmo has become a burgundy-and-saffron-clad globetrotter. (We welcomed her with open arms to South Africa in 2007 – where she attracted record numbers as in the Baxter Theatre 650 plus, over-flowing retreats in the Cape, Emoyeni Gauteng and at BRC Ixopo.)
 “I had planned to stay in my cave,” she said, “but life has a way of serving you up with what you need rather than what you think you want.”

Tenzin Palmo has recently been awarded the highest title in the yogic tradition: Jetsunma.

Please visit Jetsunma’s website for enriching information:

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are available from Wisdom to Nourish:
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Exploring Consciousness regularly screens new films on the last Sunday of every month, as well as other bonuses, at the Labia on Orange in Cape Town.

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