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Cave in the Snow

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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
English

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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.

sotting, posted on September 16, 2011

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

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