A long-term student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Pema Maya has studied and practiced under his guidance since 1995. She studied Tibetan language at the Manjushree Institute, Darjeeling, in 1997. From 2006 to 2009, she lived on site at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute in Bir, developing and teaching an English language program, while continuing her study of Tibetan language. She assisted as a trainee translator-editor on Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s project to translate The Life and Times of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche (Shambhala Publications, 2017). She is currently enrolled in Khyentse Foundation’s Milinda teacher training program, undertaking rigorous study of Buddhist philosophy.
Pema Maya has a BA in language teaching and linguistics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, a Masters of Education from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Diploma in project management. She has fifteen years of experience in designing online-learning programs for higher education institutions in both countries. Originally from a small town in New Zealand, she now lives in coastal New South Wales, Australia.