Cyndia began meditating in 1995, and in 2004 began practicing in the Theravada tradition. Since then, she has done numerous retreats, including over a year of formal, silent practice under the direction of several IMS and Spirit Rock teachers, and Stephen Snyder in the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw's lineage. Cyndia received her Pali name (Hitesī) from the abbots at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, and is a student of Ajahn Pasanno. In 2009/10 she was a resident at Abhayagiri and also spent three months with the Saranaloka nuns in San Francisco. Currently she is a Volunteer Hospice Caregiver with Zen Hospice Project and in the Sati Center's yearlong Buddhist Chaplaincy training program.