About the Practice Facilitator
Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten has been a nun since 2003 and is currently the Chaplain of Maitripa College as well as a Lecturer of Buddhist Studies. Ven. Yönten has great joy and enthusiasm for Tara practices of all types, and has studied and practiced Buddhist Tantra for over 20 years.
Buddhist since her teenage years, Ven. Yönten moved to Australia and studied extensively under Gyumé Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering (of Chenrezig Institute, AU) from 2002-2009 before moving to study at Thosamling Institute in India from 2010-2011. In 2012, she was requested to become the Resident Teacher at Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre in New South Wales, Australia where she remained for three years. From 2015 onwards, Ven. Yönten was mainly based in New Zealand at Mahamudra Centre. During that period, she divided her time between leading retreats in New Zealand and teaching Philosophy at Human Spirit: Buddhist Psychoanalytic Training Program in Israel, as well as offering classes and retreats in various parts of Europe, until she moved back to the USA in 2021. Prior to joining Maitripa College, Ven. Yönten offered retreats and courses at Vajrapani Institute and Land of Medicine Buddha – both in California. In addition to her formal Buddhist practice, she has experience in hospice work and palliative care, as well as a deep commitment to social justice and a love of animals.