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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 non secular chief and champion of the correct of girls to accomplish non secular enlightenment. Diane Perry grew up in London's East finish. on the age of 18 despite the fact that, she learn a publication on Buddhism and realised that this may fill a long-sensed void in her existence. In 1963, on the age of 20, she went to India, the place she ultimately entered a monastery. Being the one lady among enormous quantities of priests, she started 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 toes 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 incredible chilly, wild animals, floods, snow and rockfalls, grew her personal nutrients and slept in a standard wood meditation field, 3 toes sq. - she by no means lay down. In 1988 she emerged from the cave with a decision to construct a convent in northern India to restore the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten lady religious elite.

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It was for you,' he said. Undoubtedly the greatest highlight of all during those dark days in Dalhousie was meeting the T ogdens. They were fascinating characters. With their dreadlocks and scruffy white skirts they looked like Eastern Rastafarians. In reality, however, they were ordained monks, the elite yogis of Khamtrul Rinpoche's community. Traditionalty, they always numbered thirteen, although m Dalhousle there were only seven. Selected from childhood for the purity of their mtention, they were removed from the rest of the monks to undergo the mOst rigorous and mOSt secret of tralOmgs.

It was so well blended m with the mountam, so 'camouflaged', that until they were almost upon it they had no idea it was there. It was certalllly nOt the archetypal cave of one's imagination or of Hollywood movies. Here was no deep hollow in the mountamside with a neat round entrance and a smooth dirt floor, offering a cosy, self-contained, if primitive living space. It was less, much less than that. This 'cave' was nothing more than an overhang on a natural ledge of the mountalll with three sides open to the elements.

It was less, much less than that. This 'cave' was nothing more than an overhang on a natural ledge of the mountalll with three sides open to the elements. It had a craggy roof which you had to stoop to stand under, a jagged, slanting back wall and beyond the ledge outside a sheer drop into rhe steep V of the Lahouli valley. _--------- 78 79 CAVE IN THE SNOW THE CAVE shelter. At worst a mere indentation in a rock. It was also inconceivably small: a space measuring at most ten feec wide by six feet deep.

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