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Professor Sarah Jacoby of Northwestern University in Chicago, wrote this astonishingly insightful disquisition that turns the unfortunate current misogyny in Tibet on its head.


Below is Gelongma Pamo. She had leprosy. Shunned by all, she lived alone for many years, developing the Nyunge Ne fasting practice still done today. Behind her is 1000-Armed Chenresig, the Buddha of Compassion, with eyes in each of his hands representing his care of each and every sentient being. Gelongma Pamo healed herself with this practice, as the story says from hundreds of years ago.

How can it be said that the Women’s Lineage is lost, and for this reason women in Tibet can only become novice nuns, not fully ordained as all the men?

Gelongma Pamo