Sister Palmo—Lady of Realization

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.

Sister Palmo's life story is available online in a three-part account, Lady of Realisation, by her daughter, Sheila Fugard, 1983. Read online or download PDF (50 pgs.)

More recently, Shambhala published, The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi—British Feminist, Indian Nationalist, Buddhist Nun, by Vicki Mackenzie, Shambhala 2017. Paperback and Kindle.

The Last Day of Sister Palmo, Ani Pema Zangmo

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