Venerable Katy Cole

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Katy Cole (Tenzin Zomkyi) has been a Buddhist nun for over 18 years. She was ordained with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala in 2004.

Since 2003, Katy has served in a variety of positions within Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT: as Liberation Prison Project’s spiritual program coordinator, chaplain coordinator, and on the project’s US Board of Directors; and at one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s residences in Aptos, CA, Kachoe Dechen Ling, helping with the numerous extensive offerings completed there every day. In 2008 she did a one-year retreat at FPMT’s De-Tong Ling Retreat center on the western side of Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia.

Since 2013, and until the pandemic, Katy visited Lawudo Gompa annually for retreat, study, and to help Rinpoche’s sister with offerings in Rinpoche’s cave and main gompa, helping the tourists who come to stay, and baby cow care.  Prior to meeting her teachers, Katy studied Vipassana meditation with practitioners from Myanmar.

Katy has a BA Hons in Theatre Arts from Dartington College of Arts, U.K., a BA Hons in Psychology from Murdoch University, W.A, and a MA in clinical psychology from the University of Western Australia. She worked as a psychologist prior to moving to California to work for Liberation Prison Project.

Katy is currently living north of San Francisco, leading meditations and pujas online over Zoom, studying, and Leading Meditations, Pujas and various Buddhist programs online.

Events with Venerable Katy Cole

Weeknight Evening Express Meditation: Purification
July 15 - 19, 2024

Monday – Friday: Every Night of the Week 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm PDT Zoom Only End the day with a purification practice, the Four Opponent Powers. Please try to join this class no later than 8:00 PM.   “There are so many problems in the world—what should we do?…

Morning Express Meditation
July 16, 2024

Every Tuesday of the Week 6:30 am – 7:00 am PDT Zoom Only Start the day at 6:30 am Pacific Time with guided meditations every weekday. “Meditation is the way we realize the nature of the mind. Therefore it’s something that we absolutely have to do. Since Western education does…

Morning Express Meditation
July 19, 2024

Every Friday of the Week 6:30 am – 7:00 am PDT Zoom Only Start the day at 6:30 am Pacific Time with guided meditations every weekday. “Meditation is the way we realize the nature of the mind. Therefore it’s something that we absolutely have to do. Since Western education does…

Weeknight Evening Express Meditation: Purification
July 22 - 26, 2024

Monday – Friday: Every Night of the Week 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm PDT Zoom Only End the day with a purification practice, the Four Opponent Powers. Please try to join this class no later than 8:00 PM.   “There are so many problems in the world—what should we do?…

Morning Express Meditation
July 23, 2024

Every Tuesday of the Week 6:30 am – 7:00 am PDT Zoom Only Start the day at 6:30 am Pacific Time with guided meditations every weekday. “Meditation is the way we realize the nature of the mind. Therefore it’s something that we absolutely have to do. Since Western education does…

Morning Express Meditation
July 26, 2024

Every Friday of the Week 6:30 am – 7:00 am PDT Zoom Only Start the day at 6:30 am Pacific Time with guided meditations every weekday. “Meditation is the way we realize the nature of the mind. Therefore it’s something that we absolutely have to do. Since Western education does…

Weeknight Evening Express Meditation: Purification
July 29 - August 2, 2024

Monday – Friday: Every Night of the Week 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm PDT Zoom Only End the day with a purification practice, the Four Opponent Powers. Please try to join this class no later than 8:00 PM.   “There are so many problems in the world—what should we do?…

Morning Express Meditation
July 30, 2024

Every Tuesday of the Week 6:30 am – 7:00 am PDT Zoom Only Start the day at 6:30 am Pacific Time with guided meditations every weekday. “Meditation is the way we realize the nature of the mind. Therefore it’s something that we absolutely have to do. Since Western education does…