The Mindrolling lineage is one of the rare Tibetan traditions that do not distinguish between male and female heirs.Now one of the most influential and vibrant women teachers, Khandro Rinpoche travels tirelessly between her late father's monastery and her own two nunneries in India, her American headquarters, Lotus Garden, in the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia, and an ever-increasing number of Buddhist communities."), she borrowed a book about Buddhism to find out what this was all about and instantly knew that this was it.Ordained in 1977, she quickly realized that conditions for Tibetan Buddhist nuns were dire.She is currently realizing her heartfelt aspiration: to build a nunnery solely dedicated to offering the nuns optimal opportunities to study, debate and meditate -- a privilege usually reserved for monks.
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (Diane Perry): Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (Diane Perry) became famous worldwide through Vicki Mackenzie's book "Cave in the Snow," which chronicled Tenzin Palmo's quest to attain realization in a female body.
That women participate equally is probably the single biggest change with Buddhism being established in the West.
Here are ten extraordinary female teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, who have transformed the way Buddhism is viewed in America (more information in the new book "Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West"). Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche's position in the Buddhist world is entirely unique.
Born as a fishmonger's daughter in London, Tenzin Palmo has set an unprecedented example of following in the footsteps of the most dedicated Tibetan yogis by spending 12 years in solitary retreat in a cave in Ladakh, immersing herself so deeply in this tradition that she has earned the unabashed respect of traditional Asian teachers and modern Westerners alike.
She is the most senior Western Tibetan Buddhist nun alive.
In "Dakini Power," she speaks about her upbringing as Cherry Greene, a "nice Jewish girl," her years of exploring the counterculture of the '70s, her prison work and her dedication to using the Buddha's teachings on how to work with emotions in a contemporary context.