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

25th Interfaith Peace Gathering – commemorating Hiroshima & Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

25th Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering
Commemorating the 73rd Year Anniversary
of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Place: Judson Memorial Church:
55 Washington Square Park S, New York, NY 10006

Date: Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 5:30pm – 8:00pm (door opens at 5pm)


180710Peace Flyer 04.2018

Manhattan, New York – Please join us for the 25th Annual Interfaith Peace Ceremony to commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. The event will be held at Judson Memorial Church on 55 Washington Square Park South, 5:30pm – 8:00pm.

Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist priest, Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, Peace Correspondent of Nagasaki, President and Founder of Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York, Executive Officer of the Buddhist Council of New York and former Vice President of the Interfaith Center of New York, has organized this Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering since 1994.

This commemorative ceremony will include local Buddhist Shinto, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Native American religious leaders, along with a dancer, a calligrapher, 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 A-bomb survivor Tomiko Morimoto West will share her story. The keynote address will be presented by Maryknoll Sister Jean Fallon from Pax Christi Metro New York. She is a longtime peace activist, served in Japan for decades, and is dedicated to nuclear weapons abolition. At exactly 7:15 PM, the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing, (8:15 Aug. 6th Japan time) a bell for peace will be rung.

The event will feature Japanese and American musicians including Grammy nominated jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and flutist Lew Tabackin; the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, led by Pastor Frank Haye; The Men’s Glee Club of New York, a New York based Japanese choir; Circle Wind Boys and Girls Choir, a Japanese Children’s Choir; Calligraphy demonstration by Eita Segawa with vocalist DAI from Japan; Tenri Gagaku Music Society of NY; Kaori Hiwasa, dancer, and Okinawa instrument “Sanshin” by Sonny Ochiai and Rino Aise (RH+); and Taka Kigawa, pianist.

We will be participated by spiritual leaders, including Shaykh Dr. TA Bashir, Rev. Susana Bastarrica, Roberto Mukaro Borrero, Rev. Jiro Mihama, Guru Dileepji Maharaj, Rev. TK Nakagaki, Rev. Kei Okada, Ven. Refa, Rabbi Mira Rivera, and Rev. Valerie A. Ross.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb Photo Exhibition will be on display in the sanctuary entrance. “Peace Lights” by Pete Rogina will be displayed during the ceremony. The event will be followed by a Peace Walk around the Washington Square Park.

Preceding this Gathering, there will be a Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Vigil by the Washington Square Park Arch at 5:00 PM to which all are invited. There a gong will be rung 73 times for 73 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We will recite “The Nuclear Prayer,” an interfaith prayer for world peace free from the threat of nuclear war, and we will distribute information about this critical issue to passersby.

This event is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Council of New York and the Interfaith Center of New York, Pax Christi Metro New York, supported by the Interfaith Center of USA and Origami Therapy Association, hosted by the Judson Memorial Church, and organized by the Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York.

Info: https://heiwafoundation.org/Activities/Upcoming

Vesak Celebration on June 2, 2018

Buddhist Council’ Vesak Celebration will be held this Saturday, June 2, at 1pm – 5:30pm, in Flushing, Queens NY. Please join us (see the detail description)

Vesak Flyer 2018Place: Jung Myung Sa Buddhist Temple
@162-11 Sanford Ave. Flushing, NY 11358

1:00pm – Invocation & Walking Meditation to Won Buddhism Center
(@162-11 Sanford Ave.)

2:00pm Bathing A Baby Buddha, Meditation, Greetings
(@Won Buddhism – @143-42 Cherry Ave)

4:00pm Teachings & Blessings
(@162-11 Sanford Ave.)

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (Theravada)
Ven. Ki Yoon Seong (Mahayana)
Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak (Vajrayana)

Prayer Music:
Yungchen Lhamo (renowned Tibetan singer-songwriter)

All are welcome. Free will donations.