Rev. Daiken Nelson, Sensei has worked in kitchens since High School; doing everything from washing dishes to serving to cooking to managing.

 Daiken began Zen Practice 33 years ago in Iowa, where he was born.

For the past 5 years, he had studied with Roshi Paco Genkoji Lugoviña, a Successor to Roshi Bernie Glassman. In October, 2013, Daiken received Shiho/Dharma Transmission from Roshi Genkoji. Daiken is an authorized Teacher in the White Plum Asanga & The Zen Peacemaker Order. He leads the Pamsula Zen Center in Harlem.

Prior to focusing on Zen, Daiken was a Social Worker; working with the homeless plus those with Chronic Mental Illness & Substance Abuse issues.

In addition to Zen, Daiken is a Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor, Photographer & Writer.

The Mandala Café Project is a weaving of the many threads of Daiken’s Life & the Vision for his Dharma Teaching.

Board of Directors

Diana Colòn, Esq.

Francisco Paco Lugoviña

Ari-El Pliskin

Osiris Stephen, MBA

Richard Zayas, Esq.

Advisory Board

William Belida
(212 Restaurant Consultants)

Robert Egger
(DC Central Kitchens & LA Kitchens)

Anne Moses

Deborah Stewart