Cristina Moon

Cristina Moon

Cristina Moon is a Buddhist priest, writer, and strategist who lives at Daihonzan Chozen-ji, a Rinzai Zen temple and martial arts dojo in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, known for its rigorous method of mind, body, and spiritual training. After a global career in human rights and social change, and even graduating from business school at Stanford, she now lives in the secluded grounds of Chozen-ji helping others develop the sensitivity and strength needed to stay calm amid chaos and accord with the myriad changes of today’s fast-moving world. For more information, please visit

Recent Articles

Buddhist teachers to host “Save Our Democracy” live event with Sen. Cory Booker on July 13

A number of Buddhist teachers will join U.S. Senator Cory Booker on July 13 for a live virtual event to raise funds for pro-democracy action.

Wake Up!

“No striving” is a common refrain in spiritual circles, but that’s not what inspires Cristina Moon. Her path is vigor—radical, total awakening.

The Power of Awareness: An Interview with Rock Climber Francis Sanzaro

Martine Panzica talks to author and rock climber Francis Sanzaro about his book <em>The Zen of Climbing</em> and the power of mindfulness in sport and our lives as a whole.

Bhutan to build “Mindfulness City” in Gelephu

Inspired by Bhutan’s Buddhist heritage, the proposed “Mindfulness City” will cover about 2.5% of the country between South and Southeast Asia.

Let Your Mind Move

Francis Sanzaro on the profound potential for awakening found in unifying body and mind.

“May We Gather” to commemorate Asian American ancestors with ceremony, peace walk on March 16

The event marks the three-year memorial of the 2021 Atlanta-area spa shootings, which claimed the lives of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent.

Santa Fe County proclaims February 21 “Serene Mountain Day at the Upaya Center”

The Board of Commissioners of Santa Fe County have declared February 21 "Serene Mountain Day at the Upaya Zen Center" in recognition of Upaya's dedication to racial, environmental, and economic justice.

Side profile photo of Shenchen Rabjam Rinpoche presenting to an audience.

Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche completes US tour in New York, Montana, and Colorado

Through September and October, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, the spiritual heir and grandson of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, visited the US to offer teachings in New York, Montana, and Colorado.

Mingyur Rinpoche and Paul McGowan in the mountains, looking at the scenery around them.

Wandering…But Not Lost: Director Paul MacGowan on Capturing Mingyur Rinpoche’s Wandering Retreat

Martine Panzica talks to director Paul MacGowan about the making of the documentary film “Wandering…But Not Lost,” which chronicles Mingyur Rinpoche's remarkable four-and-a-half year wandering retreat.

Hip-hop artist Born I releases new single dedicated to Thich Nhat Hanh

The new track "Om Mani Padme Hum (Tribute)" from hip-hop artist Born I is dedicated to the late Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh.

International Women’s Meditation Center Foundation to present “Outstanding Women in Buddhism” 2023 awards on March 8

The annual award highlights “the acts of courage and determination by women in the history of Buddhism.”

Historic ceremony sees ordination of 144 female monastics in Bhutan

The historic ceremony represents a celebratory moment for the future generations of the Tibetan lineage of bhikshunis.

Zen Priest and Author Ruth Ozeki wins Women’s Prize for Fiction for latest novel

Ozeki wins the Women’s Prize for Fiction for her fourth book, The Book of Form and Emptiness.

Richard Blum, founder of the American Himalayan Foundation, dies at 86

The philanthropist and husband of US Sen. Dianne Feinstein died at home Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

“Very alert, present and at peace”— Plum Village shares Thich Nhat Hanh 95th birthday update

Plum Village addresses Thich Nhat Hanh’s 95th birthday and shares an update about his health.

What Can We Learn from an Android Buddhist Preacher?

As automation increasingly replaces human work in many industries, Cristina Moon shares the shortcomings of artificial intelligence when it comes to replacing the intimate role of a priest.

Monks wrapping an orange robe around a large tree

How Buddhist monks are protecting a vulnerable forest from illegal logging in Cambodia

Since 2002, the monks from Samorang Pagoda in Cambodia have protected a 71-square-mile tract of forest from illegal logging and hunting.

What do Americans know about Buddhism? “Not much,” say most.

One-fifth of survey respondents incorrectly said that Buddhists believe in an “immortal soul,” and most said they don't personally know a Buddhist.

Chairs and a table in a tidy room.

Zen and the Way of Tidying

Marie Kondo's philosophy of tidying is sweeping the globe. If you take the fad seriously, writes Cristina Moon, it can offer a glimpse of the profound.

Cartoon dog comfortable in flames.

These Flames are Cool and Refreshing

What do a 16th-century Zen master and a contemporary cartoon dog have in common? Both of them maintained equanimity as their worlds burned, says Cristina Moon. And this is why we train as Buddhists.