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FAU Hosts Lecture with Buddhist Nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

More than 500 People Attend Event to Celebrate Peace Studies Program

BOCA RATON (January 17, 2012) – More than 500 people attended a recent lecture at Florida Atlantic University with Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. The lecture, titled “Into the Heart of Life,” was part of FAU’s Peace Studies Program and the Peaceful Mind Peaceful World outreach series presented in partnership with FAU benefactor Barbara Schmidt.

“We were very lucky to have had Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo here at FAU,” said Noemi Marin, Ph.D., director of FAU’s Peace Studies Program. “Her message reaches all of us, a powerful reminder that inner peace and peace in the world start both with us as people sharing our global community.”

Palmo left England for India at the age of 20 to pursue her Buddhist training and in 1964 became one of the first western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist Nun. After 12 years of study, she sought complete seclusion. Palmo spent the next 12 years in a cave. In 1999, she was encouraged to start a nunnery for young Buddhist girls and construction began on Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, a place that now welcomes more than 70 nuns. In recognition of her spiritual achievements as a nun and her efforts in promoting the status of female practitioners in Tibetan Buddhism, Palmo was given the rare title of Jetsunma, which means Venerable Master.

On her rare visits to the United States, Palmo has become an increasingly sought-after speaker.  Palmo is recognized as a powerful proponent of the universal need for all human beings - men and women - to “realize their full potential.” 

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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