Many of you will have heard of Tenzin Palmo. Here is an interview with her, published recently in the Guardian On-Line.
A couple of us were due to go and visit Tenzin Palmo a weeks or so ago but were not able to make it unfortunately. Too bad especially as she knew my Master before they both went to the East to become monks. And while I’m thinking about this wonderful nun I just want to pause say Congratulations on being named Jetsunma (Venerable Master). This is no small matter, not a mere title.
Tenzin Palmo has been given the title of Jetsunma, which means Venerable Master, by His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, Head of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage. His Holiness bestowed this honour on Tenzin Palmo at Druk Amitabha Mountain in Kathmandu on his birthday, the 16th February 2008, in recognition of her spiritual achievements as a nun and her efforts in promoting the status of female practitioners in Tibetan Buddhism.
During the ceremony, His Holiness explained that Je means ‘accomplishment of a Yogini’ and Tsun means ‘accomplishment of the path of a Bhikshuni’. He went on to say ‘Men were always given the privilege to do all practices, but it was not given to women. This is very sad. But now it is different. It would be unkind if I would not give the title of Jetsunma to Venerable Tenzin Palmo for the benefit of all females in the world and the Palden Drukpa lineage.’
Thanks to Iain in Japan for pointing me to the interview.