Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo | 20.06.2016

Interdependence Between Mind and Environmental Sustainability

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Source: Nicolas Messner
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Source: Nicolas Messner

20.06.2016 | 14:00 - 15:30 |Uni Freiburg |Tennenbacher Str. 4, D 79106 Freiburg, Germany | Herderbau, Room 200.


Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is a renowned Buddhist teacher, popular worldwide for her warm, clear and down-to-earth presentaion of the Buddha-Dharma and its apllication in daily life. The inspiring story of her life, including 12 years of secluded retreat in an Himalayan cave, is the subject for the well-known biography, “Cave in the Snow” by Vicki Mackenzie. More information about her life and work can be found here.


Summary: During her short visit, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo will give a short talk (30 minutes) about the inter-connectedness between our mind and the environment from the Buddhist point of view. That is: In contrast to the common Western understanding, the Buddhist view and understanding assumes the world including all phenomena to exist in interdependence with our mind and consciousness. Therefore, with our thoughts, emotions and feelings - with our consciousness - we create and influence this world to the way it is. Along with this, Tenzin Palmo might also be talking about the three mind-poisons of ignorance (not knowing the truth of interdependent existence), greed (attachment) and hatred (aversion). Being habitual tendencies planted into our minds, these three poisons corrupt our common well-being as they limit our tolerance, wisdom, compassion, happiness and solidarity, all being fundamental aspects of a harmonious and sustainable living. Along with this knowledge Buddhism offers a suite of down-to-earth methods of how to familiarize with our minds to find well-being, contentment and Bodhicitta, the compassion-mind, that acts for the benefit of all living sentient beings. With her introduction, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo will stress the interdependent relationship of man and environment, as we can discover it from within. She might point out options for us to familiarize with our individual minds to transform ignorance, greed and hatred into happiness, contentment and compassion. Thereafter, we will have the oportunity for an open discussion.


A quote from Jetsumna:

"Samsara is not the planet,

the planet is perfectly in sync,

it’s the minds of the beings that inhabit the planet

that makes it samsara or nirvana.

When you enter nirvana you don’t suddenly disappear

you’re still living on the same planet

but the planet itself has transformed

because the mind has transformed.

It all depends on the mind,

everything depends on the mind."


Maximum 20 people. The seminar will be held in English, but translation into German is possible if requested. If interested, please register here. The talk will be free of charge, but any kind of donations to contribute to Jetsunma's travel expenses and / or her work will be welcome.


Watch the introduction of Tenzin Palmo's talk given by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker here:

Watch the video of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's talk here:

Additional information: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's Europe Tour 2016. Click to download the pdf version.
Additional information: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's Europe Tour 2016. Click to download the pdf version.