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Konin Melissa Cardenas

Reverend Konin Cardenas began the practice of Zen in 1987, and was ordained into the Soto Zen tradition by Sekkei Harada Roshi in 2007. She has lived and practiced at Hosshinji in Japan, at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center. Rev. Konin is a Dharma Heir in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage, having received dharma transmission from Rev. Shosan Victoria Austin. Currently she is the Guiding Teacher at Empty Hand Zen Center in New Rochelle, New York; she is also Guiding Teacher for Ekan Zen Study Center. Rev. Konin is a professionally trained inter-faith chaplain, having worked in both hospital and hospice settings. She earned an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and worked in finance for many years. She is a long-time practitioner of yoga, a student of calligraphy and shakyo, and the mother of a 25-year-old daughter.

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