A native of Atlanta, Ven. Thubten Chonyi has studied the Dharma since 1996 when she began attending Seattle’s Dharma Friendship (DFF) where Ven. Thubten Chodron was the resident teacher. At DFF she received teachings from many great lamas and teachers in addition to Ven. Chodron and had the opportunity to attend many retreats. She moved to Idaho in 2001, where she founded and facilitated Coeur d’Alene (ID) Dharma Friends and was a founder of Friends of Sravasti Abbey to support Ven. Chodron’s vision of creating a Buddhist monastery for Westerners. She began monastic training at Sravasti Abbey in 2007, ordained as a novice there in 2008, and received bhikshuni ordination (full ordination) at Fo Guan Shan temple in Taiwan in 2011. Ven. Chonyi regularly shares the Dharma on behalf of the Abbey, both with local groups and, occasionally, abroad.