Tenzin Palmo

Topics: Buddhism, Nun, Sangha Pages: 3 (872 words) Published: March 21, 2012
Outline and evaluate the impact of Tenzin Palmo contribution to Buddhism. 1000 words

Tenzin Palmo
Tenzin Palmo was born in England in 1943. Her original name was Dianne Perry, from and early age Dianne Perry was described as being introspective and reclusive child. She became a Buddhist at the age of 18. She decided to chase her spiritual journey by heading to India to pursue her curiosity in Tibetan Buddhism. Here in India Tezin Palmo meet her guru the Eight Khamtrul Rinpoche she decided to ask if she could become a Buddhist nun and if he could ordain her, he replied, “Yes of course”. On the 24th july, 1964 she was ordained and became Drubgyu Tenzin Palmo. She was only the second Western woman to become a Tibetan nun. Fredi Bedi was the first.

It was here in Dalhousie India that Tenzin Palmo had her first, first hand experience of gender inequality or here she witnessed the sexiest views present in Buddhism. Women were not given access to the same teachings as monks, nuns where seen as a distraction for the monks path to Enlightenment. It was believed in Buddhism that you could not reach Enlightenment in female form. One of Tenzin Palmo’s main contribution to Buddhism was the increased awareness of gender discrimination present in Buddhism at the time. she established the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery and through her dharma circuit to raise money for this investment. This nunnery reestablished a lost line of Tibetan Buddhism but also gave Tibetan nuns a place of refuge and sanctuary of equality that allowed the Buddhist nuns to follow there spiritual path. This Buddhist nunnery has allowed Buddhist nuns to access teachings of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition. Tenzin Palmo stated at the “Happiness and its causes” conference in Sydney that her nunnery has been responsible in “raising awareness and self esteem of young nuns as well as educating them to become better practitioners”. Tenzin Palmo was also heavily involved in the congress movement on Buddhist Women’s...
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