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Dhammadipa Konin Cardenas,
a nun in the Theravada Forest Tradition in the West
and in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition

Biographical Details

Dhammadipa Kōnin Cardenas

Ven. Dhammadipa, also known as Rev. Konin, currently resides and trains at Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, a women's Theravada monastery. In May 2018 she received the 10 samaneri precepts with Ayya Sudinna as Pavatini, and Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta as Acarini. She took up the practice of Zen Buddhism in 1987, and was ordained into the Soto Zen tradition by taking the 16 bodhisattva precepts with Sekkei Harada Roshi in 2007. Dhammadipa has undergone 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 from Rev. Shosan Victoria Austin. Ven.'s teachings have appeared in the Buddhist magazines "Lion's Roar" and "Buddhadharma," and she was published in "Zen Teachings in Challenging Times," a compilation of the Dharma of women Zen Teachers, from Temple Ground Press. In addition to English, Dhammadipa teaches 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. She 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 her relationship with her 28 year-old daughter, and sewing.

Dharma Teacher

Konin has received Dharma Transmission (higher 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 Buddhism in many ways, I want to share with you all that has been so generously shared with me. I offer a practice that reaches back through the millennia to integrate early Buddhism and Zen, where awakening is an everyday matter.
— Ven. Dhammadipa

Ven. Dhammadipa (center) continues to practice with Rev. Shosan Gigen Victoria Austin (left), her Zen 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.