Peace Lanterns Ceremony / Meditate NYC 2019

Sat., September 21, 2019 2:00pm – 8:30pm

at Gantry Plaza State Park  (Center Blvd. & 49th Avenue, LIC, NY)

Buddhist Council to Host Free and Public Meditate NYC Event in Long Island City on Saturday September 21, 2019

A Day of Meditation to Cultivate the Mind of Peace and Compassion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, New York, NY—The Buddhist Council of New York (BCNY), an association of diverse and international Buddhist temples and organizations, will present its annual Meditate NYC event for experienced practitioners and those brand new to meditation. Gathering inspiring speakers and well-known teachers from the New York area, the event will be held at Gantry Plaza State Park (Center Blvd and 49th Ave., Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101) from 2:30-5:30pm on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Mediate NYC will be a part of the Peace Lanterns Festival, sponsored by HaborLAB, Heiwa Peace Reconciliation Foundation of New York and Buddhist Council of New York, along with its partners the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace, the Interfaith Center of New York, the Interfaith Center of USA, the Newtown Creek Group, the NY de Volunteers, the Origami Therapy Association, the Sikh Cultural Society, the TF Cornerstone, and the World Yoga Community. This excitingevent includes free paddling (3pm-), and drawing lanterns from 2:00pm – 6:00pm, speakers and interfaith peace prayers at 6:15pm, followed by a sunset floating peace lantern launch on the East River starting at 7:30pm – 8:30pm.

The event is taking place on a week dedicated to international peace corresponding with the United Nation’s International Day of Peace. Ever mindful that meditation is a powerful and transformative way to bring peace to the mind, while nurturing a wholesome lifestyle; meditation has now been accepted in scientific circles and practiced for thousands of years in connection with various cultures and religions around the world. Various meditation and dharma teachers representing various Buddhist traditions will participate, including but limited to. Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan and American. All are welcome and participants should bring acushion, portable chair or yoga mat for sitting.

Schedule of Peace Lanterns Festival

2:00 – 6:00pm Lantern Decorating, Origami, Face Painting, Henna Tattoos, Seedball Making, and African Dance

2:30 – 5:30pm “Meditate NYC” – Public Meditation Day

3:00 – 6:00pm Public Paddling Speakers and Interfaith Prayers for Peace

7:30 – 8:30pm Floating Peace Lanterns

About the Buddhist Council of New York

The Buddhist Council of New,is an association of Buddhist temples and organizations whose mission is to foster dialogue, cooperation and unity within the Buddhist community in the New York City area. The Buddhist Council presents the annual Meditate NYC to promote beginning meditation, and the annual Buddhist Forum addressing current events of concern to Buddhists in the local area.

Contact: James A. Lynch, Jr, President, The Buddhist Council of New York,

c/o New York Buddhist Vihara, 214-22 Spencer Avenue, Queens Village NY 11427


“Interfaith Peace Gathering to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings”

Manhattan, New York – Please join us for the 26th Annual Interfaith Peace Ceremony to Commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. The event will be held at Japan Society @333 E. 47th Street, NYC on Monday, August 5, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (the door opens at 5:30pm). At 7:15 PM, the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing (8:15 Aug. 6th Japan time), a bell for peace will be rung.

Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist priest, Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, Peace Correspondent of Nagasaki, President/Founder of the Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York; Former President of the Buddhist Council of New York has organized this Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering since 1994. This commemorative ceremony will include religious leaders (Rev. Susana Bastarrica, Bidita Rahman Bhuiyan Rev. Chloe Breyer, Guru Dileepji Maharaj, Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Pastor Haye Frank, Rev. Jiro Mihama, Ven. Rifa Shi, and Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura), along with musicians and choirs from Japan and the United States.

Messages from the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be read by representatives from associations of local NYC Japanese residents who originally hail from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hiroshima survivor Tomiko Morimoto West will share her story. The keynote address will be presented by Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute. He is a senior adviser of American Bar Association’s Committee on Arms Control and National Security, and has served as Vice President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the United Nations.

The event will feature Japanese and American musicians and artists: (New York based musicians) Toshiko Akiyoshi, jazz pianist and Lew Tabackin, saxophonist; Brooklyn Interdenominational ChoirTenri Gagaku Music Society of New York; Circle Wind Boys & Girls Choir; (Japan based musicians and artists) Eita, calligrapher/poet and Dai, singer/guitarist; Fumiko Yamato, Yamatomai Japanese dancer; Shizuno Nasu, Contemporary Dancer; Miho “ARIA” Kawauchi, Crystal bowl player; and Yasunobu Matsuo, pianist. AlsoHeiwa Peace Band, featuring Sonny Ochiai and Rino will appear at 5:45pm, prior to the ceremony.

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb Photo Exhibition will be on display In the Japan Society Foyer from 3:30 PM. Peace Arts by Kunio Suzuki will be displayed.

This event is sponsored by the Heiwa Peace Reconciliation Foundation of New York, and supported by the Buddhist Council of New York, the Interfaith Center of New York, Interfaith Center of USA and the Origami Therapy Association, in partnership with the City of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Prefectural Government. We appreciate the Japan Society for providing us the wonderful space for this year’s ceremony.

IMPORTANT! RSVP is required for this year, because of limited seats available.
If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail with a note “Yes for Peace” to: or call /text to: 646-797-7982.
Then we will provide with instructions.

33rd Annual Vesak Celebration

New York, NY—The Buddhist Council of New York, an association of diverse and international Buddhist temples and organizations, is pleased to announce that it will celebrate its 33rd Anniversary Vesak event with a public program on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 1:00pm – 4:30pm. This year’s Vesak will be held at Union Theological Seminary @3042 Broadway, Upper Westside, NY. Vesak marks the traditional celebration of the Buddha’s life milestones including his birthday, enlightenment and passing away into nirvana. Vesak is celebrated in various ways in countries around the world. Celebrating Vesak involves making special efforts to reduce the suffering of sentient beings and foster happiness and blessings for all.

Please Join us ! All are welcome! Free will donation.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Place: Union Theological Seminary
@3041 Broadway. New York NY

Ven. Saccananda (Theravada)
Rev. Doyeon Park (Mayahayana)
Ven. Lama Pema Dorjee (Vajrayana)

Joanna Jane (Singer)
Kazuya Kato (Saxophonist)
Lulla LayLa (Singer, Tanbur)
Siddhartha Mehta (Percussionist)

1:00pm Walking Meditation

1:30pm Bathing a Buddha Puja Opening Meditation & Prayer

2:30pm Music Offerings & Greetings

3:00pm Dharma Messages

4:00pm Closing: Dedication of the Merits

Meditate NYC and 2018 Peace Lantern Festival on 9/16/18

Meditate NYC flyer

Public Paddling at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Dock at 50th Avenue area at Gantry State Park

Various Peace Activities at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Origami, Lantern Decorating, Face Painting, Henna Tattoos, Seedball Making
Main stage area at 49th Avenue at Gantry State Park

Meditate NYC at 2:30pm – 6:00pm

2:30pm Welcome and Introduction
James Lynch President of the Buddhist Council of New York; Dharma Teacher as authorized by the lay Buddhist Organization Rissho Kosei Kai.
3pm “Teaching and Practice” by Buddhist teachers from various Buddhist traditions:
Ven. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki President of Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York; Former President of the Buddhist Council of New York; Jodoshinshu Pure Land Buddhist priest.
Ven. Geshe Tashi Dorje Director of the Center for Universal Peace in New York; ordained priest and Chant Master of Tibetan Sera May Monastery.
Pat Inlarp, Director of education, retreat and meditation at Dhammakaya Buddhist Meditation Center in New Jersey; Thai Buddhist tradition.
Rev. Greg Snyder, Dharma teacher, Senior priest, President of Brooklyn Zen Center; Senior director of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary.
4:30pm Walking Meditation
Ven. Kottowe Nanda Resident monk of the Long Island Buddhist Vihara; Ordained Buddhist priest in Sri Lanka.
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, PhD Theravada Buddhist monk from New York; Founder of Buddhist Global Relief; President of the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS).
Ven. Tze De Chinese Buddhist nun at Bodhi Monastery, NJ; Anchor dharma teacher of Dharmapathcuny at CUNY AsianAmerican Research Institute,
5:45pm Closing Dedication of Merits

African Dance Workshop at 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Led by Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance
Interfaith Prayers for Peace & Speakers ar 6:30pm

Lantern Festival (2) 2018 Flyer

6:30pm Welcome
Erik Baard, Founder and Executive Director of HarborLAB.
Ven. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, President of the Buddhist Council of New York

Reflections and Prayers for Peace –
Roberto Mukaro Borrero President of the United Confederation of Taino People
Avaduta H.H. Jagat Guru Dileepji Maharaj, Founder & President of World Yoga Community and International Gurukula Community
Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Executive Director of the Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Ven. Doshin Sunim Abbot of Jung Myung Sa Korean Buddhist Temple
Rev. Chloe Breyer, Executive Director of the Interfaith Center of New York
Dr. Imam Ahmet Muharrem Atlig, Interfaith Consultant of the Peace Islands Institute New York

Distinguished Invited Guest Speaker: Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury has devoted many years as an inspirational champion for sustainable peace and development and ardently advancing the cause of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace.?As a career diplomat, Permanent Representative to United Nations, President of the UN Security Council, President of UNICEF Board, UN Under-Secretary-General, the Senior Special Advisor to the UN General Assembly President, and recipient of the U Thant Peace Award, UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace, Spirit of the UN Award, etc., he has a wealth of experience in the critical issues of our time – peace, sustainable development, and human rights.?

Keynote Speaker: Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, PhD, is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. He received monastic ordination in 1972 in Sri Lanka where he lived for over twenty years. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit either as author, translator, or editor, most recently a translation of the entire Anguttara Nikaya, The numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications 2012). In 2008, he founded Buddhist Global Relief, a non-profit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition. He is a President of Buddhist Association of the United States.

Remarks –
Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
Crystal Stone, Community Coordinator Center for Faith and Community Partnerships
Community Affairs Unit, Office of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

Franck Joseph II, Acting Deputy Commissioner, the NYC Commission on Human Rights
Edwin Cadiz, Community Liaison, Assembly Member Catherine Nolan
Music performance
Russell Daisey is an internationally acclaimed pianist, singer and songwriter. He has performed in Tokyo, Paris, Mexico City and Cape Town; at Town Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and the United Nations, NYC; and at the First Ladies of Africa Health Summit, LA. He has performed for Presidents Bill Clinton and George HW Bush, HH the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Elie Wiesel.

Lantern procession to the dock –Led by Interfaith Leaders, carrying lanterns.

Floating Peace Lanterns at 8:00pm
Produced by HarborLAB “Thank