Ji Hyang Padma, Ph.D. has been practicing and teaching Zen for twenty-five years, 15 of these as an ordained nun. She co-leads a Zen sangha in Encinitas, CA. She has completed several 90-day intensive retreats in Korea and North America. While her practice has been situated within the Korean Zen tradition, she has had the benefit of studying with teachers across a wide spectrum of Buddhist lineages. She is gifted at finding an entry-point into practice for people who are just beginning their journey.
Ji Hyang is a mesa carrier in the Andean tradition of shamanic healing. Ji Hyang also is a professional astrologer: her intuitive astrology illuminates the journey of the soul so that we can live our life to its fullest potential. Ji Hyang is also trained in spiritual care for the dying, using counseling, energy medicine, ritual and ceremony to ensure a graceful journey.
Ji Hyang has combined an academic career with her work as a Zen teacher. She holds a doctorate in psychology from Sofia University. Her dissertation research focused on consciousness & healing, through the lens of traditional Buddhist healing practices. She currently serves as Director of the Comparative Religion and Philosophy Program at California Institute for Human Science in Encinitas.
Her first book, Living the Season: Zen Practice for Transformative Times, was released by Quest Books in 2013. Her reflections have also been featured in the collections Our Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interfaith Encounters and Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy. Ji Hyang is currently writing a book on traditional healing practices.