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Cave in the Snow (2002)

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In the 1970s a strange visitor walked across the remote paths in the far north of India. Young English woman Diane Perry ventured into the snow-laden peaks of the Himalayan Mountains. Her search for perfection had led her to Tibetan Buddhism, where she took on the name Tenzin Palmo. But she found that there were few opportunities for women to study the teachings, and so, in 1976, after battling with blatant sexism within the monastic order, Tenzin Palmo isolated herself in a remote Himalayan cave, engaging in 12 years of Buddhist meditation.

She faced unimaginable cold, wild animals, near starvation and avalanches. Subsequently, she decided to build a nunnery in India, where women would have an opportunity to study Buddha’s teachings. She travels the world as a fund-raiser, giving talks, writing books and serving as a model for the many young women who wish to dedicate their lives to a spiritual path.

Liz Thompson

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schakan, posted on May 27, 2016

I love Tenzin Palmo. A fascinating look at a woman who has taken this path with the goal of enlightenment. - I read an article about her book, then bought the book and she gave me the inspiration to do my first solo silent meditation retreat. thank you for all that you do. The film stops so abruptly that I didn't know it was over and thought something was wrong. It needs a conclusion and a gentle way to end Tenzin-la.

dancer, posted on June 10, 2015

Beautiful inspiring life and journey...
I thought Tenzen was quite respectful but also quite brave to be so straightforward with the Dali Lama... truth comes before title...
and I hope the Dali Lama as well as the Buddhist community will support female aspirants and spiritual leaders.
Thank you for Tanzen for sacrificing your "cave in the snow" for the greater good of all nuns and indeed for everyone...
many blessings.
Tanya from Ireland... now in California.

EnchantingScents, posted on March 8, 2015

Amazing Human Soul.....Blessings...Loveeeeeee it!!!!!

jamiecolombo, posted on January 11, 2015

Wow! Don't you just love her! I just want to give her a big hug. The external limitations that are put upon women are completely silly manmade rules. Within a womans mind it is truly only she that can limit herself. Biased rules and thinking do limit external opportnities. That adversity though allows for great inner growth if you only allow it to be your strength instead of your weakness.

delicatebalance, posted on January 10, 2015

Lots of waiting around for the film to begin again. Maybe you could improve the streaming process.

T Rose, posted on January 8, 2015

Really enjoyed this biography, Resonated deeply with me.

jfreeman, posted on February 10, 2014

I would concentrate on the spiritual journey of Tenzin Palmo instead and the lovely cinematography. Change will come but ancient institutions are like aircraft carriers - they take a long time to come about.

Alfreda Weiss, posted on May 22, 2013

Beautiful film. Women everywhere have similar problems being accepted. Slowly but surely it is happening. So grateful women can now study and live as nuns. With time more will be ordained.

cassandra.cantrell, posted on May 21, 2013

Not only inspiring but reveals the plight of women in Buddhism. It's going to be interesting to see how, 10 years later, His Holiness & the Buddhist community are going to handle gender bias.

Echandywil, posted on January 23, 2013

Glad I watched this!

bwarkins, posted on October 10, 2011

Her story is compelling and inspiring. The overall story is eye opening because we find that in even in the most "enlightened" religions and leaders there is still such blatant sexism. I really enjoyed this doc.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on September 16, 2011

A fascinating look at a woman who has taken this path with the goal of enlightenment.

rfyfe4, posted on October 1, 2016

That girl at the end dark hair wasn't she the one that had a husband in a wheel chair that was creating maricles to a dog and was a healer or something

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