Ying Chen was born in China and came to US when she was in college. She was exposed to Mahayana Buddhism and took refuge with Venerable Ji Ru in 1995. Since 2001, she has been drawn to the Theravada tradition through sutta studies with Shaila Catherine and some Chinese dharma teachers. Since 2005, she has primarily practiced under the guidance of Gil Fronsdal. Ying is a graduate of the Sati Center Chaplaincy program and Local Dharma Leader Program from Insight Meditation Center. She worked as a part-time spiritual care volunteer in Kaiser Hospital, facilitates the Insight Meditation Center support group for people living with illness, and also worked in technology companies for close to 20 years.