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.
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.