Cynthia Natalee Thatcher (1966- 2013) earned her BA in philosophy, working with faculty advisers Marvin Levich and C.D.C. Reeve. In 2000, she completed an MA in creative writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She became a Buddhist teacher and was a contributor to many online resources for Buddhist study. In 2008, she published Just Seeing: Insight Meditation and Sense-Perception through the Buddhist Publication Society. The book explored in depth the Buddha’s significant teaching “When seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear,” relating to the practice of insight meditation.