Annual BCNY Buddhist Forum on 2/15/2021

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Thank you for your participation!

Dear Dharma friends,

Happy Lunar New Year !

It is time for our annual Buddhist Forum tomorrow (2/15)!  Buddhist Council of New York invited Buddhist leaders to gather, share, and discuss the important issues that we need to be aware of.  It will take place on Monday (holiday), February 15 at 1pm – 3pm, plus regular Buddhist meeting at 4pm – 5pm.  See the invitation letter from the President James Lynch of the Buddhist Council of NY as well as the schedule of the Forum below. Each temple can bring 1 – 3 leaders. 

This years speakers include Sensei. Koshin Paley Ellison,  Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, Policer Officer William Kwok. Mr. Yang Lee and LMSW Kajori Chaudhuri Deputy Commissioner for the City of New York.

The Zoom Info can be found here:

Meeting ID: 721 322 0635

We are looking forward to seeing you
on 2/15!
TK NakagakiCommittee of BCNY Buddhist Forum.

Invitation to Annual Buddhist Forum on Monday, February 15, 2021

February 2021

Dear Dharma leaders, 

The Buddhist Council of New York would like to cordially invite you to the Annual Buddhist Forum on Monday, February 15, 2021, from 1pm – 3pm.  The Forum will be a Zoom event and shall be a gathering for Buddhist leaders from various Buddhist centers, organizations, and temples.  We are asking each temple(center, organization) to send 1-3 representatives. Please also join a regular Buddhist Council meeting at 4:00pm.

Kindly note that I would like to forward to your attention the fact that the BCNY’s annual forum is slated for Nirvana Day (….. next Monday, February 15th from 1-3PM! via ZOOM!!!

 We need to remember that we have made it through a very challenging time in our world’s and our nation’s history. Indeed, this year as a result of the COVID pandemic we have had to face many difficult obstacles together from virus related deaths to disruptions to our life rituals centering on births as well as end of life and how we communally grieve.

With that as our backdrop our theme for this year’s forum is:

I truly believe that we now understand and appreciate that when we ban together and seek to spread what we know to be true, in accordance with the Dharma, everything will work itself out.

This years speakers include Ven. Koshin Paley Ellison, NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care; William Kwok, NY Police Department; Mr. Yang Lee, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundationand Kajori Chaudhuri, NYC Commission of Human Rights. Please see the flyer(attached) and schedule (following this letter).

Please register ASAP!  The registration link is here: 

Zoom ID on 2/15:  721 322 0635

We are looking forward to seeing you on February 15.  Thank you. 

Wishing you the very best with palms together,

James A. Lynch

President, Buddhist Council of New York


Schedule on Monday, February 15


Introduction by Steve Chiu (Master of Ceremony)

Welcome by James A. Lynch (President, Buddhist Council of New York

Opening Chant and Meditation by Ven Refa 

1st Speaker: Yang Lee, The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Q & A: (Write on Chat ) 

2nd Speaker: Koshin Paley Ellison, New York Zen Center of Contemplative Care 

Q & A (Write on Chat) 

1st Break-up session


3rd Speaker: William Kwok, New York Police Department

Q & A: (Write on Chat ) 

4th Speaker: Kajori Chaudhuri, New York City Commission

2nd Break-up session

Closing: Bhante Kondanna

3:05pm – 3:30pm

Those who want to continue, feel free to stay for Extra Conversation 

4:00pm –  

February Buddhist Council meeting

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