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Explore the rich teachings of this tradition.
Every Thursday 7:30 PM
Different teachers from different backgrounds join us each week to share different perspectives on the practice we share.

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Instructors
Bhante Suddhaso

Bhante Suddhāso is a Buddhist monk living in New York City, ordained in both the Theravāda and Soto Zen traditions of Buddhism. 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.

Rev. Daiken Nelson

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 Guiding Teacher for The Pamsula Zen Center which meets on Mondays at 6:00 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 W. 126th Street (betw. B’way & Amsterdam). pamsulazen.org.

Angela Dews

Angela Dews found the dharma in 1996, at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch in New Mexico, and began dedicated practice at Deer Park In California with Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a graduate of the fourth Community Dharma Leaders Program at Spirit Rock and her primary teachers are Gina Sharpe and Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia. Angela co-leads the NYI Harlem Insight Sangha.

“I walk for my ancestors.” ~Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. Because the ancestors seldom walked slowly and empty-handed and sometimes had to run.

Dan Lee Vazquez, Jr.

Dan is a mindfulness teacher, writer, organizational trainer, speaker and coach, who lives in New York City and offers transformative teachings and practices that help people and organizations awaken to and realize their potential.

Dan fell in love with mindfulness in his early 20s when he was having what people nowadays call a quarter-life crisis.  Everything on the outside seemed fine: a graduate of Harvard, he was working for the LA times in Mexico City, in a great relationship, making good money, had lots of friends, but something didn’t feel right from the inside-out.  There was a nagging sense that “there’s more to life” than just succeeding and “making it.”  Dan went on a search for something that would help bring clarity, reduce suffering and bring greater ease.

In his search, Dan met a Zen monk living on Stone Island off the coast of Mazatlán who taught him a simple meditation practice.  He felt like he had been on a long journey in the desert without any water, and somebody had finally offered him a glass of water—the cool, refreshing taste of mindfulness; of being present to whatever was happening without being caught in it and pushed around by it; of touching into a loving, caring awareness at the very core of our being.

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Dharma Talks:

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.

When:
Every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm on Zoom.

Dhana:
$10 contribution is suggested, but not required.
No one will be turned away.

Speaker Schedule:

1st Wednesday - Harlem Insight

2nd Wednesday  - Zen. Daiken Nelson

3rd Wednesday  - Harlem Insight

4th Wednesday  - Mindful Harlem

5th Wednesday  - Harlem Insight

Teacher Bios:

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.