Freda Bedi (1911–1977) was a British woman who became famous as the first Western woman to take ordination in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition as Gelongma Karma Kechog Palmo at age 55. In 1974, she traveled to the West with the 16th Karmapa.
In the Buddhist aspect of her amazing life, she worked with many great lamas to provide humanitarian assistance and build Dharma schools. Many acknowledged her as Tara and Tibetans called her Mummy.
When Sister Palmo died, she remained in meditation for three days and her body shrank. Her ashed were brought to Rumtek.