Ji Hyang Padma has combined an academic career with her vocation as a spiritual teacher.
Ji Hyang Padma has done intensive Zen training and teaching in Asia and North America for 20 years. She has completed several 90-day intensive retreats in Korea and North America. Ji Hyang has also served as Director and Abbot of Cambridge Zen Center, one of the largest Zen Centers in the country. She has taught meditation as a core faculty at Omega Institute for sixteen seasons.
At Wellesley College, she served as a chaplain within the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education, and taught programs on conflict resolution and intercultural education-- including the launch of its Campus-Wide Diversity Initiative—which helped to create a more resilient culture within its diverse campus.
Ji Hyang holds a doctorate in psychology from Sofia University. Her dissertation research focused on consciousness and healing within Mahayana Buddhist communities. Ji Hyang also has received certification for teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the Center for Mindfulness.
Her current sangha affiliations/ faith endorsements are with Open Gate Zen Collective and One Heart Zen.
Ji Hyang’s recent writing has been published in Our Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interfaith Encounters and Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work. Her first book, Zen Practices for Transformative Times, was released by Quest Books in 2013.
Ji Hyang's presentation at the 2020 Afterlife Conference can be found here.