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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK; New edition edition (Aug. 19 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747543895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747543893
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Amy VG TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 9 2010
Format: Paperback
I am deeply moved by Tenzin Palmo's life story. I practice Insight Meditation, and being a woman, I look for stories by other woman practitioners on the Buddhist path that I can indentify with and perhaps aspire to. Definitely Tenzin Palmo is one such woman. I enjoyed her life story, from her English beginnings to her early days as a Tibetan nun in India to her time in her cave to her teachings that came after. I thoroughly enjoyed getting glimpses of her core teachings in the later chapters of the book. And also, the debate of the role of women in Western Buddhism, as well as, being provided with information on some of the other Buddhist women teachers who have chosen to get married and have children with-in their spiritual path. And I think her current quest to build a Tibetan nunnery is so wonderful and inspiring. I highly recommend this inspiring read.
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By Sean Hoade on June 4 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an informational and fascinating book. Tenzin Palmo is certainly an unusual person, but she is a beacon for anyone, man or woman, who wants to achieve what the official dogma denies s/he can achieve!
The writing is a bit on the clunky side, but who cares? That's not the point--the point is the Enlightenment, and the fact that Tenzin Palmo would let nothing stand between her and it.
Also, even though I follow the Theravadin path, I found the descriptions and information of Tibetan Buddhism fascinating, and the Dalai Lama comes off even more wonderful and sympathetic than I've ever seen. He does care about the plight of women, in his tradition and out.
A fantastic read! But it does make you want to go on retreat--NOW!
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By Neil MacLean on March 5 2001
Format: Paperback
Although I am usually most interested in books relating to Taoism and the martial arts, this book caught my attention. The story of a British woman spending 12 years in a small cave at 13,000 feet in Tibet meditating was one I had to read. Although some readers have said that the author's style turned them off, I must say I had no problem with it. It took me a day to read this book, and I will probably go back and read it again. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that thinks it may be interesting- a GREAT read.
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It would seem difficult to commend sufficiently the merit of this book. Despite lackluster writing by journalist Vicki MacKenzie (whose fascinating book on lama Osel, the surprising tulku recently discovered in Spain, seemed affected arbitrarily by the same lack of dynamism in the writing) the story of Tenzin Palmo shines through, and witnesses to a kind of freedom that is the stuff of legend, and a harbinger of peace. Her presence is clear on every page, distinct and standing and shining on its own power, and perhaps in that way MacKenzie's notably waveless style serves the book well. The book is assembled beautifully, MacKenzie takes her time in just the right places; the final few chapters take up a kind of ecstatic explosion of joy, rumbling to a final free-flying celebration of a remarkable woman's life and freedom. I enjoyed it immensely; and what really calls, and remains a part of us is the woman, this rather great personage of achievement, the lama of freedom- Tenzin Palmo! Her teaching is without any superfluous edges, one finds on nearly every page of this book an immensely grateful and happily intelligent woman, one worth considering for the quality of her genuine spiritual impact. One of the more satisfying books I've read this year, its minimalist decor notwithstanding; not that the writing is so impoverished, but a little bloodless, as I say. But take heart, Tendzin Palmo is a bountiful journey! 4 glad stars!
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Format: Hardcover
I felt that I was gaining enlightenment just by reading this book. Tenzin Palmo is truly extraordinary. This is a great book for anyone, whether or not they are interested in Buddhism.
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A potentially interesting and inspiring story, masacred by a journalist. While Ms. Mackenzie sees, she has a problem to smell, hear and feel. Even though we get into the Cave, she never pulls her reader into the mind and body of the Protagonist; and, while Tenzin Palmo has undoubtedly plenty to say, she says a precious little.
The definition of Enlightement, why to get it and what to do with it after you get it - is hardly there, and the accomplishment of it by the Protagonist, has been circumvented.
Has Tenzin Palmo been truly Enlightened, or just Entertained/never bored? One has to wonder. And, why should Tenzin Palmo seek "Enlightement" while those who already have it, behave like dirty old men? And why those (dirty old men), who supposedly believe in Reincarnation, treat women like dirt? Have they ever been or will plan to be women themselves and get back what they dished out? Where is their logic or even their respect for Karma (cause and effect) pertaining to their actions? Are they truly practicing what they preaching? Or, as Dalai Lama himself says: "Spy on your guru for ten years or more before you can trust him?" Are things in the spiritual enlightement world even worse than in Corporate America or in the Oval Office?
Is twelve years in the Cave (Tensin Palmo), or twelve years on the Rock like the Birdman (of Alcatraz), Machine-gun Kelly or even Al Capone the passport to Enlightement? And, moreover, why Tenzin Palmo, who left the world of the Mammon, is returning to it now, begging? Absence of Indian visa or the lack of computer skills?
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