Inspiring the Discovery of a Wiser World

Ekan Zen Study Center is an offering.  

The mission of EZSC is to share writings and teachings, providing distance learning opportunities in the study of the self and its skillful response, an expression of Soto Zen teachings, guided by Konin Cardenas. She invites you to practice with her and with the wider EZSC community, together exploring how to lead lives in beneficial service to the world while awakening to our true nature.

Four Points of Practice – In Brief

Today’s Zen Buddhist practitioners require a fluidity of practice that is a consequence of, and expression of our modern times. They need to be able to shift quickly in practice intensity, at times due to family or work commitments, at times due to changing interests. Yet today’s practitioners also demand a comprehensive approach. They are no less committed to the path. So they resonate with a practice that fits into their whole world, not just a part of it. The Zen students of today respond to a practice model that offers the flexibility that they need with the breadth of engagement that they want.   

Ekan Zen Study Center has developed this unique offering: a fully integrated model of practice that brings Zen compassion and wisdom to life in the midst of the issues and demands of a changing, sometimes challenging world. It is called the “Four Points of Practice,” and it creates a framework for Konin's online offering.

  • Study & Arts
  • Sitting & Ritual
  • Service & Engagement
  • Sangha & Inclusion

Ultimately, these are all expressions of zazen, both on and off the cushion. 


Ekan Zen Study Center is a repository for online teachings that provide you with an opportunity to follow the path of self discovery and to leading a fully engaged life. It offers a variety of practice experiences, grounded in the integration of Zen Buddhism and the wisdom earned in living in the modern world, but it is not a substitute for practice in person.

EZSC explores how being of service brings us into relationship with our true self.

It explores how study brings us into relationship with the practice of our contemporaries, and gives us a window into the practice of those who came before us.

It demonstrates how the arts and creative writing can bring forth expressions of understanding and the connections we all share.

And it demonstrates how the reality of community harmony on and off the cushion is always available to us. Ekan Zen Study Center invites you to explore a life of discovering full engagement.