Sit in the City: Dharma talk with Revs. Paco Lugoviña and Daiken Nelson, May 6


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Please join us Saturday, May 6, for our usual Saturday morning schedule, which will include a dharma talk by Revs. Paco Lugoviña and Daiken Nelson, Senseis, with the title “Sit in the City”. The talk will be at 11am and will follow a period of zazen starting at 10:20. Meditation instruction will be at 9am.

Though it may be nice to head off to a mountaintop hermitage or monastery for a retreat, there is nothing like the chaos & noise of the World right here in NYC to tell You that You are alive, right here, right now. Using that focus & intention (as well as the ambient soundscape), we will discuss how to bring a practice awareness in the midst of of it all.

The Way is originally perfect and all-pervading. How could it be contingent on practice and realization? The true vehicle is self-sufficient. What need is there special effort? Indeed, the whole body is free from dust. Who could believe in a means to brush it clean? It is never apart from this very place; what is the use of traveling around to practice?
— Eihei Dogen, Fukanzazengi (Soto Zen Translation Project)

pacoRev. Francisco (Paco) Genkoji Lugoviña, Sensei is a Teacher & Priest in the White Plum Lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi & The Zen Peacemaker Order. He is a Dharma Successor to Roshi Bernie Glassman. He is a Founder & Guiding Teacher of the Hudson River Peacemaker Center.  He is an Entrepreneur, Charter School Developer and MBSR Instructor-in-Training.

daikenRev. Daiken Nelson, Sensei is a Teacher & Priest in the White Plum Lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi & The Zen Peacemaker Order. He is a Dharma Successor to Sensei Genkoji Lugoviña. He is a Founder & Guiding Teacher of the Pamsula Zen Center. He is also the Founder of The Mandala Café, a project which teaches Culinary Skills & offers Catering jobs to those with barriers to employment.