Venerable Joan first met the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in 1987 and that same year did her first one-month November course at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. After doing a second one-month course in 1988, she received ordination as a nun with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
After spending a couple of years doing retreat, she moved to Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Italy where she lived for 22 years. During that time she was responsible for organizing the seven-year advanced Masters Program as well as the other standard FPMT programs taught at the Institute. In addition she also transcribed the daily teachings and translated a number of the core texts from Tibetan to English.
As of early 2014 she teaches courses and guides meditation retreats at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. In addition she works for FPMT Education Services in the role of reviewing existing education programs and developing new course materials.
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