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
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.
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
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