learned to meditate in 1976, at the age of 13. She has meditated daily
since 1993. In 2003, she completed a year-long solo retreat, spending 8
to 12 hours every day engaged in spiritual practice. Her practices
include the Theravadan Jhanas, Vipassana, the Bramaviharas, Tibetan
Dzogchen Rigpa, Qi Gong, and Yoga.
In 2005, Tina attended the 2-month jhana retreat with Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, who ordained her as a Theravada Buddhist nun. During the retreat, Tina became the first American and the first Western woman to complete the entire Samatha path in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. Tina is the co-author of the book, Practicing the Jhanas, published by Shambhala Publications. Tina has been authorized to teach by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and works as a spiritual mentor, professional coach, and OD consultant.