Venerable Tenzin Chönyi
Ven Tenzin Chonyi (Chonyi Taylor) is a registered Foundational Buddhism FPMT teacher (the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition), teaching at various FPMT centers around the world and is an elder for the Discovering Buddhism at Home Course. She is the author of Enough! A Buddhist Approach to Working With Addictive Patterns (Snow Lion, 2010) and has been published in Mandala, Buddhadharma, Dharma Vision, Sangha Magazine. She is a founding member and member of the training committee of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists and an Honorary Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney University.
As Dr Diana Taylor, Ven Tenzin Chönyi was a psychologist at Monash University Counseling Service and later in private practice. She graduated with a B.Sc. from
University of Melbourne, and received an M. Ed and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Monash University. While working on her doctorate, she was also studying Buddhism and bringing up her three children. She ran workshops with Community Communication and Kagyu Evam Buddhist Institute on self-expression and self-awareness, and taught meditation at Tara institute, Melbourne.
After ordination by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, she became the resident nun at Atisha Centre and was active in the palliative care group and Karuna Hospice,
. She spent four years studying Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Chenrezig Nuns Community with Geshe Tashi Tsering, and was later appointed a “disciplinarian” at the Chenrezig Nuns Community. Bendigo
In her three years as Western teacher at Vajrayana Institute, Sydney, she has taught Buddhism at various levels. She developed workshops for the general public, taught at inter-faith conferences and ran workshops for psychologists and health professionals for the Buddhist Library in Camperdown.
When she is not teaching, Ven Chonyi lives at Sandy Point, Victoria, Australia where she writes and uses the internet as a dharma tool