This series brings teachers from different backgrounds to share diverse perspectives and rich teachings within this tradition. Those interested in gaining a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the philosophy of the practice are encouraged to attend.
Every Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. Sign up for our email list for announcements HERE.
$10 contribution is suggested, but not required.
No one will be turned away.
Fall/Winter Speaker Schedule:
1st Wednesday - Harlem Insight
2nd Wednesday - Zen. Daiken Nelson
3rd Wednesday - Harlem Insight
4th Wednesday - Mindful Harlem
5th Wednesday - Harlem Insight
Bhante Suddhāso is a Buddhist monk living in New York City, ordained in both the Theravāda and Soto Zen traditions of Buddhism. He has studied under the guidance of some of the most important names in Western Buddhism, including Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Vīradhammo, Bhante Gunaratana, Rev. Myo Denis Lahey, Rev. Ryushin Paul Haller, and Rev. Tenshin Reb Anderson. Bhante Suddhāso was initially trained in Soto Zen Buddhism at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Subsequently, he was ordained at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California, where he was trained in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravāda Buddhism. Since then he has lived at a variety of monasteries from different Buddhist traditions in both rural and urban environments. A dedicated teacher, Suddhāso has taught to people of all different ages and walks of life, as well as college students of universities like Harvard, New York University, Fordham University, and Sarah Lawrence College. The co-founder of Buddhist Insights, an organization designed to connect people with Buddhist monks and nuns, his work aims to convey Buddhist concepts and their practical applicability to everyday life. www.bhantesuddhaso.com
Rev. Daiken Nelson, Sensei began Zen Practice 30 years ago. Since that time, he has practiced at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, where he ordained with Nyogen Yeo in 1996; The Zen Peacemaker Order, where he studied with Roshi Bernie Glassman & Sensei Jishu Holmes; The Village Zendo, where he was Shuso (Head Trainee) under Roshi Enkyo O’Hara in 2001 and Upaya Zen Center, where he studied with Roshi Joan Halifax. In October, 2013, Daiken received Shiho/Dharma Transmission from Sensei Genkoji.
Daiken is the Founder of The Mandala Café, which provides Culinary job training & part-time employment for those on the margins plus a weekly meal for anyone who needs one in Central Harlem. Prior to focusing on Zen, Daiken was a Social Worker; working with the homeless plus those with Chronic Mental Illness & Substance Abuse issues.
Harlem Insight Meditation is a branch of New York Insight Meditation, a group which practices Vipassana or "insight" meditation. They meditate to be with an experience long enough to know its nature, and to cultivate the wisdom to see things as they really are.Harlem Insight teachers will bring us a focus on the 8-fold Path, which covers the territory of morality, tranquility and wisdom. Harlem Insight strives to be a center that reflects the vivid diversity of the city in which we live.