Cave in the Snow
“East End fish-shop to meditation box!” – Audible.co.uk Review – by Rachel Redford
Born in 1943, Tenzin Palmo is a world-renowned spiritual leader, but she started life as Diane Perry living up above her father’s fish-shop in the East End. Her mother dabbled in spiritualism – Diane was used to witnessing levitation – but otherwise there was nothing unusual about her upbringing. There certainly is about Tenzin Palmo, as Diane Perry became.
She has devoted herself with spectacular single mindedness to seeking Enlightenment and to the tenets of Buddhism. During a long spiritual career in which she has championed the right of women to achieve spiritual Enlightenment, for 12 years she lived in a cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas enduring temperatures well below zero, near suffocation during snowfalls and exercising the most stringent form of meditation. For months at a time she completed 12 hours of meditation in every 24 inside a meditation box. The experience is beyond the imagining of most people, but Tenzin Palmo who hungers for meaning and believes her way of life can help all suffering people and bring them to bliss is no ordinary person.
Whether you are Buddhist or not, whether you embrace another religion or no religion at all, you cannot fail to be deeply impressed by this astonishing testament. Do you feel sympathy with Tenzin’s mother who couldn’t help exclaiming the first time she saw her daughter’s shaved head, ‘My poor little shorn lamb!’? Do you believe in the rainbow death when a devout person shrinks so much after death that all that remains are bits of hair and nails as bursts of strange coloured lights emanate from where the body lies? It doesn’t matter whether you believe or not, but your ideas will be stimulated. You will meet a woman with astounding determination who will show you the beauties of Buddhist philosophy which has no God the Father or the equivalent at its centre but what she calls ‘a genderless absolute’.
Her biography is produced by the newly launched Dharma Audiobooks which specialises in Buddhist topics from all traditions.
Audible.com – Review – 5 stars – Julianne Waggoner – “Wonderfully inspirational!”
I just could not stop listening….I feel forever changed by her life and comitment. Thank You Pioneer in our female form.
Audible.com – Review – 5 stars – Jeanette H. – “Listened to this in Nepal and Bhutan…”
Was excellent and probably one of fastest books I have listened to. Couldn’t wait to hear what else was happening.