Interfaith Peace Gathering – commemoration of Hiroshima & Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

Please join us peace programs in August!!!

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“24th Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering” 

Commemorating the 72nd Year Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

WHERE: St. Bartholomew’s (Bart’s) Church:

325 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

WHEN: Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 5:00pm – 7:30pm (door opens at 4:30pm)


Manhattan, New York – Please join us for the 24rd Annual Interfaith Peace Ceremony to commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. The event will be held at St. Bartholomew’s Church (St. Bart’s Church) on 325 Park Avenue, 5:00pm – 7:30pm.

Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist priest, Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, Peace Correspondent of Nagasaki, President 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 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 Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, a well-known American Buddhist monk who was born and raised in Brooklyn. Ven. Bodhi is known for his translations of many Buddhist scriptures into English and his social engagement on issues such as poverty, climate change and peace building.

The event will feature Japanese and American musicians including Grammy nominated jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and flutist Lew Tabackin; Kaoru Watanabe, a Japanese taiko drum player; Sumiko Tajihi, violinisit; the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, led by Pastor Frank Haye, and Japan Choral Harmony “TOMO,” a New York based Japanese choir.

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.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb Photo Exhibition will be on display in the sanctuary entrance. The event will be followed by a Silent Peace Walk to Fifth Avenue.

This event is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Council of New York and the Interfaith Center of New York, in partnership with the City of Nagasaki, supported by the Origami Therapy Association, and hosted by the St. Bartholomew’s Church and Episcopal Peace Fellowship.


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“Peace Art and Photo Exhibition” & “Nagasaki Day Peace Program” 

-Hiroshima / Nagasaki 72 Year Anniversary-

WHERE: Tenri Cultural Institute:: 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th Ave. and 6th Ave) NYC

WHEN: August 2 – 15, 2017  (Nagasaki Day Program on August 8):  Mon–Fri: 12pm – 6pm, Sat: 10am – 3pm, Sun: Closed


INFO: / 646-797-7982

August 8, at 7pm – 10:30pm: Reception, Peace Concert, and Live Streaming from Nagasaki (Nagasaki Day Peace Program)

August 5 & 12, at 11am-2:30pm: Origami Workshop, Film, Music and Performance

New York, NY – Please join us for the Peace Art and Photo Exhibition on August 2 –15. The Peace Exhibition provides a great opportunity for New Yorkers to learn about the history of the atomic bombings, and contemplate a more peaceful future.

“Genbakuten: Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945″ includes 30 posters depicting the story of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that were created by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum for the purpose of peace education.

“From Above” a photo exhibit by Paule Saviano. “From Above” consists of portraits and reminiscences of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and WWII firebombing survivors from European countries.

“Last Message” and “The View” by Natsuko Hattori, a young Japanese sculptor. Her sculptures are created from balls that are individually wrapped with fabric, representing warmth, softness, human touch and love, and bound together to make up an entire whole.

The Peace Exhibition includes some special events. The Official Reception will take place on August 8, at 7pm. Mr. Paul Saviano will speak no his photography exhibtion of “From Above.” It will be followed by a Benefit Peace Concert at 8:30pm, featuring NY local musicians, including Sumiko Tajihi (violinist), Mika Mimura (vibraphone player), members of Tenri Gagaku Music Society of NY, and Japan Choral Harmony “TOMO”(choir group lead by conductor Mike Shirota). At 9:30pm, Live Streaming of the memorial ceremony from Nagasaki City will be shown, which includes a speech by Mayor Tomihisa Taue. At exactly 10:02 PM, the exact moment of the Nagasaki bombing, (in Japan it is 11:02am, Aug. 9th) a bell for peace will be rung.

Saturdays, August 5 & 12, at 11am-2:30pm, we will have an Origami workshop both days. The Films “Paper Lanterns,” (60min. 2016 documentary film directed by Barry Frechette, and produced by Peter Grilli. “The 71st Summer of Comic Artist Nishiyama” and “Journeymation Article 9(animation)” will be shown on August 5, starting at 11am; Music Performance by Anacoustic Mind on August 5 at 12:30pm – 2:00pm; Emoji (Smiling character) Workshop and Calligraphy Performance will be conducted by Taisan Tanaka on August 12, at 12:00pm – 2:30pm.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Council of New York and the Interfaith Center of New York, in partnership with Nagasaki Prefectural Government, supported by the Origami Therapy Association, and hosted by the Tenri Cultural Institute.



BCNY’s Vesak 2017

Vesak Flyer 2017

Various traditions of the Buddhism in New York area will gather and celebrate the Vesak – Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and pari-nirvana, organized by the Buddhist Council of New York

We wil have wonderful speakers, including Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ven. Guo-Yen Shi, Lama Pema Dorje, Ven. Klint Kaevalin, Rev. Malik Hokyu Walker etc. Also we have a visiting guest monk, Most Ven. Prajna Bangsha Mahathero from Bangladesh.

This is open to public. Any donation is appreciated. Please join us!!!

DIRECTIONS F subway from down town to uptown. Get of all the way end, 179th station. This is the last stop of uptown F sub way. Come out from the south side of the station to Hillside Ave and get Q 1 bus toured east.The way that street numbers are ascending.Get off 215 place and cross the road (Hillside Ave) and come two blocks through 215 place and you can see the temple on your left side. NYBV Te: 718-468-4262 or 646-897-8951


Vesak Parade — Begin at NY Buddhist Vihara Entrance

Chinese Lion Dance by Harry Leong ???

Bathing Buddha   – as you walk into the Buddha Hall

M.C.: Rev. Doyeon Park, Won Buddhism of Manhattan


Ven. Aluthgama Dhammajothi New York Buddhist Vihara

Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, Buddhist Council of New York

Silent Meditation

Vandans Ti-Sarana & Panchi Sila by Theravada tradition

Sutra Chanting ???????? by Mahayana tradition

Dedication Chanting by Vajrayana tradition

Readings from the Buddhist scripture on Buddha’s birth, Enlightenment and Pari-Nirvana.


Recognitions: Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa, Mahathero

Dharma Messages:

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Buddhist Global Relief

Ven. Guo Yuan, Dharma Drum Retreat Center

Ven. Pema Dorjee, Tibetan School for the Tibetan Community

     Ven. Klint Kunachawo, Dhammakaya Meditation Center

Rev. Malik Hokyu Walker, Monju-do Zen Fellowship

Visiting Monk: Most Ven. Prajna Bangsha Mahathero, the renowned Buddhist scholar, preacher, writer, research worker, and social reformer in the society of Bangladesh Buddhists.

Devotional Songs: New York Buddhist Vihara Dhamma School Children

Lanterns and Lighting ceremony /Prayer for inner peace and world peace

Refreshment / Socializing

Letter to support Muslim friends

BCNY Statement to Muslim freinds 2017.3 

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February 15, 2017

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

As-Salamu Alaykum!

We have been fortunate to live for many years in an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect for all religions. Today the climate appears to be shifting as clouds of intolerance, discrimination, and fear rise in many parts of the United States. As Buddhist teachers and practitioners, and members of the Buddhist Council of New York, we are deeply troubled by the recent acts of violence and discrimination against members of the Islam faith and people of color.  

Across our religious traditions we share the common wisdom that hatred only begets further hatred and suffering. Our nation and our world depend on taking care of each other, irrespective of different faiths and views. 

The new Administration has already attempted to block new immigrants from Muslim majority countries despite their devastating situation at home and it threatens to create a Muslim registry. We want to assure you that we will resist policies and actions that discriminate against Muslims or people of any faith. You are our brothers and sisters. We stand with you, open-handed and open-hearted.

“Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is an eternal law.”

    (from Buddhist Sutra, Dhammapada, Verse 5)


 In Peace, 

Members and Friends of the Buddhist Council of New York

(signed by)

The Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki: President, Buddhist Council of New York.

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara: Abbot, Village Zendo.

Sylvie Sun: Board Member, Buddhist Global Relief.

The Ven. Ocean-of-Wisdom Sakya: Abbot, Middle-Way Meditation Centers & the Middle-Way Peace Order.

The Rev. Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts: Abbot, Heart Circle Sangha.

James A. Lynch: Official Representative, New York Branch of Rissho Kosei Kai.

Manu Won Jin Garcia-Guillén: Dharma-Teacher-in-training, Chogye International Zen Center of New York.

Sensei Ron Hogen Green: Zen Center of New York City/Fire Lotus Temple.

Linda Hoju Strauss: Board Member, Heart Circle Sangha.

Sri Mata Lalitambika Devi: Mahakailasa Ashram.

The Rev. Jody Hojin Kimmel: Zen Mountain Monastery.

The Rev. Tenku Ruff: Soto Zen Priest, NYC.

David Listen: Life Mentor.

Malik J.M. Walker: Resident Monk, Myrtle Avenue Zen Fellowship.

Ken Kessel, JDPSN: Chogye International Zen Center of New York, Kwan Um School of Zen.

Regina Valdez: Community Outreach Coordinator, Buddhist Global Relief.

The Rev. Merle Kodo Boyd: Lincroft Zen Sangha, Lincroft NJ.

Heather Harlan Nakagaki: Corresponding Secretary, Buddhist Council of New York.

John Holland: Bodhisattva Teacher, Chogye International Zen Center of New York.

Irene Woodard: Senior Teacher, Sky Lake Shambhala Meditation and Retreat Center.

The Rev. Doyeon Park: Minister, Won Buddhism of Manhattan.

The Rev. Compassion Christopher: MPO Middle-way Peace Order.

The Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi: President, Buddhist Association of the United States.

The Ven. Refa Shi: Abbot, Buddhist Peaceful Enlightenment.

Zen Master Wu Kwang Richard Shrobe: The Chogye International Zen Center of New York (The Kwan Um School of Zen).

The Ven. Doam Sunim: Abbot, Chogyesa Korean Zen Temple of New York.

The Ven. Chung Ohun Lee: Head Minister, Won Buddhism of Manhattan.

Bhante Suddhaso: Co-Director, Buddhist Insights.

The Ven. Haejin Sunim: Abbot, Taego Zen Center.

The Rev. Geoffrey Shugen Arnold: Abbot, Zen Mountain Monastery and Zen Center of NYC.

Ganden Thurman: Executive Director, Tibet House US.

Roshi Janet Jiryu Abels: Still Mind Zendo.

Sensei Gregory Hosho Abels: Still Mind Zendo.

Masayoshi Iimura: Rissho Kosei-Kai Buddhist Center of New York

Robert Kolodny: Coordinator, NY Buddhist Climate Action Network.

Leslie Joren Wagner: The Interdependence Project.

Lorna Ishin Mason, Mountains and Rivers Order, Fire Lotus Temple.

Khenpo Pema Wangdak: Executive Director, Vikramasila Foundation and Palden Sakya Centers.

Michele Laporte, Senior Teacher, Shambhala Meditation Center of NY; Profound Treasury Book Club of NY.

The Rev. Daiken Nelson: Pamsula Zen Center, NYC.

The Ven. Ashin Nayaka: Vice President, Buddhist Council of New York.

The Rev. Robert Kaku Gunn: Hoshi, Village Zendo.

Kimberly Brown: Executive Director, The Independence Project.

The Rev. Seth Zuiho Segall: White Plains Zen.