Ani Zangmo

My first taste of Tibetan Buddhism was Cave in the Snow, the story of Tenzin Palmos life and retreat. Soon after this she gave a public talk in Melbourne which i attended. I took refuge with her that day and have never looked back. It was 2000 and I was 34 years old.

Pema Chodron was my next big influence. The teachings in her books inspired me to go to Gampo Abbey where I spent 9 months, took temporary ordination,  recieved monastic training and met a number of teachers.

On my return from the Abbey, I began working for Traleg Rinpoche in any way that was needed.  I have had the good fortune to study with Traleg Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche and have been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche since 2009.

Completing 3-year retreat at Vajradhara Gonpa (2009-2012) was the most challenging and  wonderful thing I have ever done. This retreat included the study and practice of the Longchen Nyingtik Ngondro.

Post retreat I made the aspiration to support people with their practice and retreat.

I have been a nun since 2004, practice with SI Melbourne, live in Badger Creek with dear little Tashi cat and support myself doing Somatic Shiatsu, retreat catering and housekeeping.

I offer meditation classes from home and am  involved with the Buddhist Council of Victorias spiritual care program  providing support to individuals who are dying and  their families.

Language Note: English