Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie

By Vicki Mackenzie

The tale of Tenzin Palmo, an Englishwoman, the daughter of a fishmonger from London's East finish, who spent 12 years by myself in a cave 13,000 ft up within the Himalayas and have become a world-renowned religious chief and champion of definitely the right of ladies to accomplish religious enlightenment. Diane Perry grew up in London's East finish. on the age of 18 even if, she learn a publication on Buddhism and realised that this could 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 one lady among thousands of clergymen, she begun 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 ft 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 unbelievable chilly, wild animals, floods, snow and rockfalls, grew her personal meals and slept in a conventional wood meditation field, 3 toes sq. - she by no means lay down. In 1988 she emerged from the cave with a selection to construct a convent in northern India to restore the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten lady non secular elite.

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DUring the process he had taught her how to set up an t Ching shrine and throw the yarrow sticks, seeing which way they fell to make the hexagrams ready for the readmg. She decided to ask the first and only question she would ever ask of the I Chmg: should she go on to Japan or back to India? The answer was: 'Further Journey East not advisable. ' It could nor have been clearer. Tenzin Palmo now knew what course she was going to take. thout sorrow. That night as she was lying in bed In tears thinking of what she had JUSt given up, she prayed to her guru to help her.

Even m the height of summer the wmd was H:y. Undeterred, she continued climhing umil she reached the pinnacle. Then, as If to reward her for her considerable effort. she was greeted by J remarkable sight. 'At the rop was this large piece of flat ground. about a mde long, with snow moumains all around. It was incredlhle. The sky was deep blue, flawless. I met a lama up there '''''Ith hiS hand drum and human thigh bone. which he lIsed as 3 ritual trumpet [Q remind him of death, and I walked along With him.

About a mde long, with snow moumains all around. It was incredlhle. The sky was deep blue, flawless. I met a lama up there '''''Ith hiS hand drum and human thigh bone. which he lIsed as 3 ritual trumpet [Q remind him of death, and I walked along With him. 'n the other side,' she said. ' , When she got to tbe bonom she found she had emered another world, 'It was like 3rnvmg m Shangn-Ia. I had gone from an Indian culture to a Tibetan one. The houses all had flat roofs, there were Buddhist monasteries dotted over the mountamsldes, it was full of prayer wheels and stupas and the people had high cheekbones, almond-shaped eyes and spoke Tibetan,' she recalled.

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