Rev. Daiken Nelson, Sensei began Zen Practice 31 years ago in Iowa, where he was born.

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.

For the past 5 years, he had studied with Sensei Paco Genkoji Lugoviña, a Successor to Roshi Bernie. In October, 2013, Daiken received Shiho/Dharma Transmission from Sensei Genkoji.

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.