Cave in the Snow: Tenzin Palmo’s Quest For Enlightenment


Cave In The Snow chronicles the incredible story of Ani Tenzin Palmo, a remarkable woman who spent 12 years alone in a cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas. At the age of 20, she entered a monastery in India – the only woman amongst hundreds of monks.

Thirteen years later, Tenzin Palmo secluded herself in a remote cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas, where she stayed for twelve years. In her mountain retreat, she experienced unimaginable cold, wild animals, floods, snow and rockfalls, grew her own food and slept in a traditional wooden meditation box, three feet square. She never lay down.

Tenzin emerged from the cave with a determination to build a convent in northern India to revive the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten female spiritual elite. She has traveled around the world to find support for her cause and to offer teachings, from her own experience, on practical Buddhism.

Written by Vicki Mackenzie.