This is the personal blog of Kōnin Cardenas, a nun ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. I began practicing Zen in 1987, and was ordained in 2007.

Rev. Konin Cardenas

Currently I work at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley and at San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC). I am also the leader of “Dharma en Español,” a Spanish-language Zen study group, and Co-chair of the SFZC Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee. An amateur calligrapher and sumi-e painter, I occasionally give classes in sutra copying.

During the past 11 years I have been primarily engaged in Buddhist monastic practice, inter-faith chaplaincy, non-profit development, and volunteer management. Prior to that I worked for many years as a finance professional. I earned an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, and am the mother of a wonderful 24-year-old woman.

My long-term vision is to found a retreat center that integrates Buddhist study and zazen with community service and socially-engaged leadership training.

This blog began as a post-script to the blog for the practice period during which I was Head Student at San Francisco Zen Center.

2 responses to “About

  1. I’m not really interested in leaving a comment. I’m more interested in engaging whomever said, “It’s not that the world is always changing. It’s that in every moment there is a new world.”

    I live in Long Beach, CA. I practice with Daigaku at Zenshuji.

    What you say be cannot be otherwise. But thank you for saying it.


  2. Hello Steve, I (Konin) said that. It is a paraphrasing of a teaching from Sekkei Harada Roshi, and from Dogen Zenji in a fascicle called “Uji,” which title is typically translated as “being-time.” Both Daigaku and I studied with Harada Roshi, and were ordained by him. Thank you for the feedback. Happy to engage with you more about this, if you like, though I am rarely in LA. Gasshō, K.

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