Venerable Thubten Chonyi


Ven. Thubten Chonyi began attending classes with Venerable Thubten Chodron at Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle in 1996. After completing a three-month Vajrasattva retreat in 1998, she made a strong commitment to study and practice the Dharma.

Nine years later, Ven. Chonyi moved to the Abbey taking śrāmaṇerikā and śikṣamāṇā precepts in May 2008. See photos of her ordination. Along with Ven. Jigme, Ven. Chonyi received bhikshuni (full) ordination at Fo Guang Shan temple in Taiwan in 2011. See the photos.

At the Abbey, Ven. Chonyi is involved with publicity and inviting generosity. She also shares Buddha’s teachings at the Abbey, online, and—occasionally—at Buddhist centers in the US and abroad. She has co-taught meditation and Buddhist ideas at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane for 11 years, and especially enjoys interfaith exchange and bringing Buddhist values into social justice issues.

Ven. Chonyi’s formal education was in theatre at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. She worked for many years as a performer, publicist, fundraiser, and producer in the performing arts. As a Reiki teacher and practitioner for 19 years, she co-founded two Reiki centers and led classes and workshops in Europe and North America. She also served eight years as Managing Editor for Reiki Magazine International.