Born in Dundee, Scotland, Mary was a Staff Nurse when she first encountered Buddhism at Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition's mother monastery -Kopan -in Nepal in 1978. It was her love of adventure and trekking that led her to Kopan. Mary attended a month long course taught by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa who emphasised the importance of meditation and taking complete responsibility for your own actions and their effects.
In 2001 she took ordination as a nun with Lama Zopa. Until 2012 Mary taught meditation and Buddhist philosophy at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Buddhist centres in Preston, Liverpool, and at Armley Prison, Dumfries Prison, Leeds General Infirmary, St. James' Hospital and Wheatfields Hospice where she held regular meditation sessions. For the next year Mary is going on a spiritual retreat, we wish her all the best - and hope to see her in the future.
Mary appeared on television in the series Jimmys and is regularly interviewed for the Sunday morning programme on Radio Leeds, she also gives talks on Buddhism at schools and with ourselves at TSGY. Venerable Mary Reavy has now finished a year long retreat on Holy Isle, we send her our best wishes and look forward to seeing her back at TSGY in 2014.