BCNY Annual Vesak Celebration

If you missed the Vesak Celebration, you can watch from here. (Youtube)

Some of us went to Jung Myung Sa Temple.

On behalf of the BCNY I am inviting you to the BCNY’s VESAK CELEBRATION where we will celebrating the Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment & Pari-Nirvana & which will be accessible to all of you via ZOOM and Buddhist Council Facebook page….
The Date & Time are: 
Saturday May 1, 2021  —– from 1:00-2:30PM!!!!

We are extremely excited to have the following Dharma Teachers participate:
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Rev. TK Nakagaki, Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, Rev.Duncan Ryuken Williams, and more!!!!!

The Zoom Info is: ID: 897 2015 9220Passcode: 112233

Facebook Live:
Buddhist Council Facebook Page:

Wishing you the very best,

Palms Together

In Friendship


Mindful Love Walk / Love Sit on Sunday, April 11, 20121 at 3:00pm – 6:00pm

As a result of your kindness, compassion and support  — and in solidarity with the Asian Community we have set the date for a Mindful “Love Walk” and Pilgrimage whereby people of good will, and of all races and all faiths move together to highlight their concerns for what is currently and historically happening to the Asian Community. The Love Walk will commence from Foley Square and then go through Chinatown and then return back to Foley Square. We will stress safe social distancing and stop by some key landmarks.  The details of the walk to follow.

In addition, we will have an important Zoom component to the Love Walk in this way those who may want to participate can do so regardless of time constraints, the distance and/or health concerns. You are welcomed to walk (wear mask, and keep social distance), or join “Love Sit” online (zoom or facebook live).

Here is Zoom information: Zoom ID: 721 322 0635, Pass word: lovewalk

Facebook live will be available HERE:

Again, I want to state that the BCNY is  extremely grateful that we now have a “Compassionte Coalition” for this needed step coming from such diverse communities as:

® The Abundant Life Church of Brooklyn,® The Brooklyn Monthly Meeting of Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), ® Brown Memorial Baptist Church, ® The Buddhist Action Coalition (“ BAC”), ® The Buddhist Association of the United State, ® Buddha’s Light International Association, ® The Coalition of Hindus of North America CoNHA, ® Church of Our Savior, ® East Regional Jogye Order of Korean Buddhist in North America, ® The Episcopal Diocese of New York,® The Heart Circle Sangha ,  ® Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York, ® The Interfaith Center of New York, ® The Interfaith Center of USA,® The Governor’s Office, ® Korean Buddhist Wonkaksa, ® The Mayor’s Office of New York, ® Monju – do Zen Fellowship, ® The New York Board of Rabbis, ® Religious for Peace USA,® Rissho Kosei Kai, ® UNIFYIYI, ®  The Village Zendo, ® World Yoga Community, and many others.

Indeed, please let me know if you or your organization wish to be listed as a Co-Sponsor for this event!  Sponsorship literally costs nothing — but your willingness to sponsor may help end this cycle of violence or save a life!

Finally let-us again be mindful of our aspiration & vow:  “To remove the suffering of all living Beings”

And with your guidance, help and concern we can make it a living reality. Wishing you the very best always,

Palms Together

In Friendship

James Lynch, President of the Buddhist Council of New York

Annual BCNY Buddhist Forum on 2/15/2021

You can watch the BCNY Buddhist Forum 2021 at Youtube:

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

Meditate NYC 2020 (online)

Meditate NYC 2020 video is available for you to watch. Please enjoy it.

Please join us an annual Meditate NYC on Saturday, November 14 at 1:00pm – 3:30pm.

Theme of Meditate NYC 2020 is “Wisdom, Compassion and Actions.”It will be online live and you can come to the Buddhist Council facebook site:

Meditation & Teachings led by Buddhist teachers. May people find peace, balance and healing from the Pandemic.

Speakers Schedule (subject to change)

1:00 – 1:05 Opening1:05 – 1:20 Bhikkhu S?gar?nanda Tien

1:20 – 1:35 Qalvy Grainzvolt

1:35 – 1:50 Tenku Ruff

1:50 – 2:05 Peter Lin

2:05 – 2:20 Rebecca Li

2:20 – 2:35 Malik Hokyu Walker

2:35 – 2:50 Tashi Chodron

2:50 – 3:05 Ven. Guo Yuan

3:05 – 3:15 Mantra / Closing0:41 / 1:29