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

Happy Vesak Day 2020

Happy Vesak Day 2020!

May 7, 2020 is the International Day of Vesak, to celebrate Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment, and Pari-Nirvana.

Though or because the world conditions are not good due to Covid-19 pandemic, we, the Buddhist Council of New York, have decided to put videos & photos together, sent by various Buddhist Council’s member temples and organizations, and to make one video dedicating to the Gautama (Shakyamuni) Buddha.

May the Heart of the Buddha filled with WIsdom and Compassion heal all wounded hearts of the people who are suffering in this world. May we all practice loving-kindness, compassion, and peace today and month of May, as we respect the life of the Buddha and his teachings.

With Metta,

Buddhist Council of New York.

Census 2020

###Please go to see the update Census information at : We have organizing various workshops.  

Greetings from the Buddhist Council of New York. This is Rev.Dr. TK Nakagaki, 2020 Census Outreach Coordinator for NYC Buddhist community, representing the Buddhist Council of New York.

An invitation to fill out the 2020 Census has been sent out to all New York City households on March 12th, 2020. I hope that you have already received yours. 

It is time for ALL people who live in the US to fill out the 2020 Census!!! The Buddhist Council of New York has been actively involved to reach out Buddhist communities in New York City to encourage people to participate in the US Census.

Because of the recent coronavirus outbreak, many of us need to stay home. We would like to encourage all Buddhist community members to use this time to fill out the census. It is of critical importance for Buddhists to take part in the census to increase our visibility and make our voices heard as an important part of New York City. 

Have you completed the census?Do you have any questions about filling out the census form? We are happy to help you! If you need language support, please go to the Census Bureau’slanguage support pageorlanguage guide page. You can find help in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Lao, Burmese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Vietnamese, and many other languages.

This is the first time that you can fill out the census online at

Over thephoneby calling844-330-2020(English), 844-468-2020 (Spanish), 844-391-2020 (Mandarin), 844-398-2020 (Cantonese), 844-461-2020 (Vietnamese), 844-392-2020 (Korean), 844-460-2020 (Japanese).

If/After you completed the census(by mail, phone or online), please let us (Buddhist Council of New York) know by going to:

and following the simple instructions. Your response of completion shows to New York City how much Buddhist communities care about participating in the larger community.

The Buddhist Council of New York, in partnership with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS), supports the US 2020 Census. We encourage all Buddhist communities in NYC to submit their census forms by mail, phone or online ( The Asian community has been historically undercounted. By participating in the 2020 Census, we can increase our voices, visibility, and influence in the US and New York City. This is beneficial for all of us, both directly and indirectly. Thank you for your understanding and support. … Please be safe and take good care of yourself, dealing with current coronavirus conditions. ***

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions 646-797-7982 or email me 

In Metta, 

Rev. Dr. TK Nakagaki

2020 Census Outreach Coordinator

Vice President, the Buddhist Council of New York

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Greetings from the Buddhist Council of New York! 
The 2020 Census has started!  If you have completed the Census, please let us know by going to If you haven’t filled it out yet, you can complete your census form at Questions? Reply to this message, our team is here to help. Need language support? Use the census’ language guide orcall 844-330-2020 (English). Your response of completion shows to New York City how much Buddhist communities care about participating in the larger community. Thank you. Hope you keep yourself safe and well, dealing with current coronavirus conditions.