Reverend Dr. Chodrung-ma Kunga Chodron (also known as Lois Peak), teaches courses meditation at Vassar College. She served for five years as an Assistant Research Professor at The George Washington University, where she taught courses in Buddhism, Buddhist Philosophy, and Tibetan Buddhism in the Department of Religion. Professor Kunga Chodron has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including several recent grants for translation of Buddhist sutras from the Khyentse Foundation, as well as fellowships and grants from the Association of Asian Studies, Spencer Foundation, and Social Science Research Council. She has authored several books and many articles on Buddhism and education in Asia.
Kunga Chodron speaks and reads the Tibetan language, and together with Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen has co-translated eight book-length works on Buddhist philosophy and ritual as well as over a hundred shorter works. She is a core member of the working committee of the Buddhist Literary Heritage Project, which is undertaking the translation of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon, known as the Tripitaka, into English.
Kunga Chodron received a doctorate in Comparative Human Development and a master’s degree in Human Development from Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Harvard, she also served for two years as an editor of the Harvard Educational Review. She worked for the U.S. government for over 15 years, serving in senior research and policy positions in the U.S. Department of Education.
Kunga Chodron has been a Buddhist nun for over twenty years. She has received many teachings from eminent Sakya lineage holders, including His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Luding Khen Chen Rinpoche, and the Very Venerable Dezhung Rinpoche. Her primary teacher is Venerable Khenpo Kalsang Gyaltsen.
In 2001, Kunga Chodron assisted in the founding of and has since continuously served as Secretary/Treasurer of Tsechen Kunchab Ling Temple, which is the Seat of His Holiness Sakya Trizin in the United States. In 1986, she also assisted in the founding and has since served as President of Sakya Phuntsok Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Meditation in Silver Spring Maryland.
His Holiness Sakya Trizin appointed Kunga Chodron as a member of the Committee of Western Bhiksunis in 2009. In 2011, he bestowed upon her the title of Chodrung-ma (Senior Nun).