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Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo: The Beauty of Educating Buddhist Nuns (VIDEO)

First Posted: 05/31/2011 2:52 pm EDT Updated: 07/31/2011 5:12 am EDT

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo left England for India at the age of 20 to pursue her Buddhist training and becoming one of the first westerners to be ordained a Buddhist Nun.

Tenzin Palmo was encouraged to start a nunnery for young Buddhist girls and in 2000 the construction of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery began and now welcomes over seventy nuns. In recognition of her spiritual achievements as a nun and her efforts in promoting the status of female practitioners in Tibetan Buddhism, Tenzin Palmo was given the rare title of Jetsunma, which means Venerable Master, by His Holiness the 12th Gualwang Drukpa, Head of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage.

In this video Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo talks about her own path as a Buddhist nun, and the importance of offering religious training to young women.

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