EKAN ZEN STUDY CENTER

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Konin Cardenas, a nun in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition.


Biographical Details

Jakuen Kōnin Melissa Cardenas

Ven. Konin serves as the Guiding Teacher of Ekan Zen Study Center, and currently resides at Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, a women's Theravada monastery. She took up Zen in 1987, and was ordained into the Soto Zen tradition by Sekkei Harada Roshi in 2007. Konin has undergone priest training at Hosshinji senmon sodo in Japan, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center, an urban residential training temple. She received Dharma Transmission in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage and completed Zuise at Eiheiji. Konin's teachings have appeared in the national Buddhist magazines "Lion's Roar" and "Buddhadharma," and her teachings will be included in an upcoming book by women Zen Teachers from Temple Ground Press. In addition to English, Konin teaches the Dharma in Spanish, an expression of her Latin heritage. She completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education to become an inter-faith chaplain, and has provided spiritual care in both hospital and hospice settings. Konin earned an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and worked in finance for many years before becoming a full-time practitioner. She greatly enjoys mothering her 27 year-old daughter and sewing.

EZSC Guiding Teacher

Konin has received Dharma Transmission (full ordination) and is a recognized Heir to the Soto Zen lineage, as recognized in the US and Japan. Her title is Osho ( 和尚 ), and she has full authorization to teach. Konin became an authorized zazen (meditation) instructor at San Francisco Zen Center more than a decade ago, and later continued as a non-resident Practice Leader, and Dharma teacher in English and in Spanish . 


 
Having experienced the teachings of Zen in all kinds of secular and monastic settings, I want to offer a practice that is integrated, where there is no separation between practice and daily life. Ekan Zen Study Center offers that practice.
— Ven. Konin Cardenas
 

Konin (center) continues to practice with Rev. Shosan Gigen Victoria Austin (left), her Practice Teacher since 2003. See more about Shosan on the Curriculum Advisors Page. Rev. Zenkei Blanche Hartman (right), a teacher with whom Konin had practiced closely, was the first woman Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center.

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