Venerable Thubten Chonyi began her Buddhist studies with American nun, teacher, and author Thubten Chodron at Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle in 1996. She was on the team of lay students that helped her teacher found Sravasti Abbey, an American Buddhist monastery in the Tibetan tradition, then ordained there in 2008. With a background in the performing arts, Ven. Chonyi is in charge of Sravasti Abbey communications. She shares the Dharma regularly in the Spokane area and on the abbey’s YouTube channel, and occasionally teaches abroad. In addition to Dharma practice and study, she especially enjoys interfaith exchange and bringing Buddhist values to social justice issues.