Ying Chen was born in China and came to US when she was in College. She took refuge with Venerable Ji Ru in 1995. She was exposed to Mahayana Buddhism early on. Since 2001, she was drawn to the Theravada tradition through sutta studies with Shaila Catherine and other Chinese dharma teachers and practitioners. Since 2005, she has been practicing primarily 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 led by Andrea Fella and Gil Fronsdal. She worked as a part-time spiritual care volunteer in Kaiser Hospital for 3 years and she currently facilitates the Insight Meditation Center support group for people living with illness and volunteers at Insight Retreat Center. Ying had a Ph.D in computer science and worked in technology companies for close to 20 years.