Tenzin Palmo, the British-born Buddhist nun who spent twelve years alone in a Himalayan cave (we reviewed her biography by Vicki Mackenzie some time ago) is described in a news item by the Philadelphia Inquirer when she visited that city on a tour promoting a religious women’s community. Here is the opening of the article:
What is the sound of a Buddhist nun sitting alone for 12 years in a Himalayan cave?
“Quiet,” Tenzin Palmo recalled last week.
“Never boring. And very beautiful.”
The phone line from Vancouver fell silent for a moment.
“I wasn’t planning to do 12 years,” she continued. “But it was the ideal place to practice” meditation. “So, I just stayed there.”