Join us for our first Film Night at Jamyang Leeds, Clyde Works for the screening of the documentary of the extraordinary life of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, inspired by the book ‘Cave in the Snow’.
Tenzin Palmo (Diane Perry), an Englishwoman, the daughter of a fishmonger from London’s East End, spent 12 years alone in a cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas and became a world-renowned spiritual leader and champion of the right of women to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Diane grew up in London’s East End. At the age of 18 she read a book on Buddhism and realised that this might fill a long-sensed void in her life. In 1963, at the age of 20, she went to India, where she eventually entered a monastery. Being the only woman amongst hundreds of monks, she began her battle against the prejudice that has excluded women from enlightenment for thousands of years. In 1976, she secluded herself in a remote cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas, where she stayed for 12 years between the ages of 33 and 45. In this mountain hideaway, she faced unimaginable cold, wild animals, floods, snow and rockfalls, grew her own food and slept in a traditional wooden meditation box, three feet square – she never lay down.
In 1988, she emerged from the cave with a determination to build a convent in northern India to revive the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten female spiritual elite.
Doors open at 6pm with the screening at 6.30pm.
The screening is free, but donations welcome for the popcorn and tea and coffee!