Gelongma Lama Palmo

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Choje Lama Palmo (2004)

Choje Lama Gelongma Palmo, (wylie: chos rje bla ma dge slong ma dpal mo ཆོས་རྗེ་བླ་མ་དགེ་སློང་མ་དཔལ་མོ།); * 1970 Sabine Januschke[1] in Vienna is one of the very few female Lamas of Buddhism and the first non Asian, female Choje Lama in the 2600 year old history of Buddhism.

Chöje Lama Palmo explains the dharma in an easy accessible and contemporary way. Besides her spiritual and social responsibilities she is actively involved in many fields.

Choje Lama Palmo [2] was sent to Austria by her lineage and its Supreme Head the Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa in 2004 to teach the dharma. She established Palpung Europe with its institutes in Purkersdorf near Vienna and Langschlag in the Waldviertel,[3][4] The European Seat of the Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa and the Palpung lineage with its seat in exile in Northern India. She is Palpung Europe's Head Lama.


Born 1970 in Vienna, Choje Lama Palmo graduated with Vienna Business School, studied German Philology and Romance languages at University of Vienna and received a Master of the Arts degree in German Medievalism. As a media expert she worked as journalist, in the public relation fields and as photographer until her monastic ordination.

Palpung Europe, The City Institute of The European Seat of the Palpung lineage

In 1998, she received her first monastic vows and entered the traditional Kagyu: three-years-retreat in KTD and USA, then being sent to Japan after its completion in 2004. In the same year, she was sent back to Austria. In December 2004, she received a Gelongma (tib.: dge slong ma, དགེ་སློང་མ།) full monastic Bhikkhuni ordination from a Mahayana lineage[clarify].

In 2006 she met the Dalai Lama and Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje in private audiences. Both gave their advise and blessing for Lama Palmo's projects. In 2007, she was appointed director and resident teacher of Palpung Yeshe Chökhor Ling Europe by The Chamgon Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche.

September 22, 2013 she was appointed Choje Lama by Chamgon Dorje Chang Tai Situ Rinpoche. November 5, 2014, she received the Traditional Tibetan Appointment Document from The 12th Chamgon Dorje Chang Tai Situ Rinpoche.


Chöje Lama Palmo Interreligion

She established, guides and directs Palpung Europe, the European Seat of the Palpung Congregation with institutes in Purkersdorf near Vienna and Langschlag in the Waldviertel. Palpung Europe are Buddhist institutes and practice communities of the Palpung lineage of Vajrayana. Choje Lama Palmo is actively involved into interreligious dialogue and is both guest and host of interreligious events of different formats with representatives of various religions. Chöje Lama Palmo is involved in the interreligious exchange for a better getting to know and acceptance of religions and their teachings for more harmony and peace in the world.


  • Gelongma Lama Palmo Shangrila meines Herzens - mein Weg zur buddhistischen Priesterin, Rütten & Loening, 2012, ISBN 3352008353, ISBN 978-3352008351
  • Gelongma Lama Palmo The Himalayas and Beyond - Karma Kagyu Buddhism in India and Nepal, Foreword by the Dalai Lama, Palpung Yeshe Chökhor Ling Europe, 2009, ISBN 978-3-200-01476-3
  • Online teachings


  1. ^ ORF: Auf der Suche nach dem Glück Archived 2011-06-11 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The appointment as Choje Lama through the traditional, Tibetan appointment document printed on silk engulfes a very specific responsibility over a particular field of activity within an unbroken lineage of the Buddhadharma. It is solely being bestowed by the highest lineage masters, in the case of Karma Kagyu by The Gyalwang Karmapa or The Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa.
  3. ^ "Palpung Europe"
  4. ^ "Palpung Europe"

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