Spiritual Leadership


Guiding Teacher Rev. Konin Cardenas

Guiding Teacher Rev. Konin Cardenas

Guiding Teacher Rev. 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 trained at Hosshinji senmon sodo in Japan, at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center. Konin is a Dharma Heir in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, having received transmission from Rev. Shosan Victoria Austin. For several years Konin has been leading Spanish-language Zen practice. She has an interest in chaplaincy, cultural awareness and inclusion. Konin is a long-time practitioner of yoga, a student of calligraphy, and happy to be a mother.

Rev. Mushin Deb Wood

Rev. Mushin Deb Wood

Rev. Mushin Deb Wood was one of jion Postal's most longstanding students, beginning their steady practice together in 1982. She has supported the growth of the sangha through the following three decades and was priest ordained by Jion in 2010. Deb supervises the physical maintenance of the Zen Center.


 Jion Susan Postal

 Jion Susan Postal

Practice at Empty Hand is informed and inspired by the teaching and example of our deceased Founding Teacher, Jion Susan Postal. Susan entered Buddhist practice in 1970. Originally practicing in the Dzogchen tradition, she began Zen studies at the Zen Community of New York in 1980. In 1987, she continued under the guidance of Maurine Myo-on Stuart and was ordained by her as Zen Priest in 1988. In 2000, Susan began practice under the direction of Darlene Cohen and in 2008 received Dharma Transmission from Darlene in the Soto Lineage of Suzuki-roshi. After leading Zen practice for decades while living with chronic illness,  Susan passed from this life on February 7, 2014.  Click HERE for an interview with Jion Susan Postal.

Administrative Leadership

The overall administrative needs of the Center are overseen by the Empty Hand Zen Center Board of Directors. The current members of the Board are:

  • Jeff Silver, President and Chairman
  • Konin Cardenas
  • Elena Falcone
  • Carrie Fuchs
  • Dennis Keegan
  • Frank Raddock
  • Caroline Reddy
  • Myles Robert
  • Fran Shalom
  • Bice Wilson
  • Deb Wood