Ph.D., Institute for Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University
B.A., Wellesley College
Dr. Ji Hyang Padma was appointed Buddhist Chaplain in August 2021. She has twenty- five years of experience in Buddhist training and teaching in the U.S. and Asia, fourteen of these years as a monastic. She has served as a Buddhist chaplain at Wellesley College, Harvard University and Babson College, and as Meditation Teacher in Residence at Omega Institute. Currently she serves as a Guiding Teacher of Open Gate Zen Collective. At Wellesley College and Omega Institute, and Open Gate Zen Collective, she has co-led equity and restorative justice trainings on issues of race and gender.
She has combined an academic career with her role as a Zen teacher. She directed a graduate program in Comparative Religion and has a doctorate in Psychology. She has just completed service as a chaplain resident at UCSF Medical Center. Her first book, Living the Season: Zen Practices for Transformative Times, was published in 2013. Her new book, Field of Blessings: Ritual and Consciousness in the Work of Buddhist Healers, has just been released this year. She is also a MBSR teacher and reiki practitioner and enjoys connecting with nature.