Ani Palmo Rybicki
Ani Palmo (Catherine) Rybicki, was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1984, she went to Japan to teach English. In 1988 she went to Thailand where she became deeply interested in the Buddhist path. Ani Palmo practiced within the Theravadan tradition for three years before coming in contact with the Vajrayana Buddhism of Tibet.
In 1994 she completed the traditional Three Year Retreat in France under her Teacher, Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche. She ordained under Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche in Nepal that same year. In 1996 Ani Palmo completed a one-year retreat in solitude. And in 2002 she completed her second Three Year Retreat. Since then she has traveled to India to study Tibetan language and to France to continue her Buddhist study and practice.
In late 2005 in response to her Teacher's advice, Ani Palmo returned to Cleveland to be in service to others by giving classes on meditation and Buddhism in the greater Cleveland area.