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
Osiris Stephen, MBA
Richard Zayas, Esq.
(212 Restaurant Consultants)
(DC Central Kitchens & LA Kitchens)