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 :https://buddhistcouncilny.org/census-2020/. 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 https://my2020census.gov

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 (www.my2020census.gov) 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 totknakagaki@nydis.org 

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 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiKFf6YZ7onUH0bgIJcU7X58aICCrXzJiDa_d9BhQxFA0ZUw/viewform If you haven’t filled it out yet, you can complete your census form at https://my2020census.gov Questions? Reply to this message, our team is here to help. Need language support? Use the census’ language guide https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html 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. 

Peace Lanterns Ceremony / Meditate NYC 2019

Sat., September 21, 2019 2:00pm – 8:30pm

at Gantry Plaza State Park  (Center Blvd. & 49th Avenue, LIC, NY)

Buddhist Council to Host Free and Public Meditate NYC Event in Long Island City on Saturday September 21, 2019

A Day of Meditation to Cultivate the Mind of Peace and Compassion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, New York, NY—The Buddhist Council of New York (BCNY), an association of diverse and international Buddhist temples and organizations, will present its annual Meditate NYC event for experienced practitioners and those brand new to meditation. Gathering inspiring speakers and well-known teachers from the New York area, the event will be held at Gantry Plaza State Park (Center Blvd and 49th Ave., Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101) from 2:30-5:30pm on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Mediate NYC will be a part of the Peace Lanterns Festival, sponsored by HaborLAB, Heiwa Peace Reconciliation Foundation of New York and Buddhist Council of New York, along with its partners the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace, the Interfaith Center of New York, the Interfaith Center of USA, the Newtown Creek Group, the NY de Volunteers, the Origami Therapy Association, the Sikh Cultural Society, the TF Cornerstone, and the World Yoga Community. This excitingevent includes free paddling (3pm-), and drawing lanterns from 2:00pm – 6:00pm, speakers and interfaith peace prayers at 6:15pm, followed by a sunset floating peace lantern launch on the East River starting at 7:30pm – 8:30pm.

The event is taking place on a week dedicated to international peace corresponding with the United Nation’s International Day of Peace. Ever mindful that meditation is a powerful and transformative way to bring peace to the mind, while nurturing a wholesome lifestyle; meditation has now been accepted in scientific circles and practiced for thousands of years in connection with various cultures and religions around the world. Various meditation and dharma teachers representing various Buddhist traditions will participate, including but limited to. Japanese, Chinese, Tibetan and American. All are welcome and participants should bring acushion, portable chair or yoga mat for sitting.

Schedule of Peace Lanterns Festival

2:00 – 6:00pm Lantern Decorating, Origami, Face Painting, Henna Tattoos, Seedball Making, and African Dance

2:30 – 5:30pm “Meditate NYC” – Public Meditation Day

3:00 – 6:00pm Public Paddling Speakers and Interfaith Prayers for Peace

7:30 – 8:30pm Floating Peace Lanterns

About the Buddhist Council of New York

The Buddhist Council of New York:www.buddhistcouncilny.org,is an association of Buddhist temples and organizations whose mission is to foster dialogue, cooperation and unity within the Buddhist community in the New York City area. The Buddhist Council presents the annual Meditate NYC to promote beginning meditation, and the annual Buddhist Forum addressing current events of concern to Buddhists in the local area.

Contact: James A. Lynch, Jr, President, The Buddhist Council of New York,

c/o New York Buddhist Vihara, 214-22 Spencer Avenue, Queens Village NY 11427

347-623-1163; jameslynch795@gmail.com

“Interfaith Peace Gathering to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings”

Manhattan, New York – Please join us for the 26th Annual Interfaith Peace Ceremony to Commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. The event will be held at Japan Society @333 E. 47th Street, NYC on Monday, August 5, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (the door opens at 5:30pm). At 7:15 PM, the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing (8:15 Aug. 6th Japan time), a bell for peace will be rung.

Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist priest, Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, Peace Correspondent of Nagasaki, President/Founder of the Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York; Former President of the Buddhist Council of New York has organized this Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering since 1994. This commemorative ceremony will include religious leaders (Rev. Susana Bastarrica, Bidita Rahman Bhuiyan Rev. Chloe Breyer, Guru Dileepji Maharaj, Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Pastor Haye Frank, Rev. Jiro Mihama, Ven. Rifa Shi, and Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura), 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 Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute. He is a senior adviser of American Bar Association’s Committee on Arms Control and National Security, and has served as Vice President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the United Nations.

The event will feature Japanese and American musicians and artists: (New York based musicians) Toshiko Akiyoshi, jazz pianist and Lew Tabackin, saxophonist; Brooklyn Interdenominational ChoirTenri Gagaku Music Society of New York; Circle Wind Boys & Girls Choir; (Japan based musicians and artists) Eita, calligrapher/poet and Dai, singer/guitarist; Fumiko Yamato, Yamatomai Japanese dancer; Shizuno Nasu, Contemporary Dancer; Miho “ARIA” Kawauchi, Crystal bowl player; and Yasunobu Matsuo, pianist. AlsoHeiwa Peace Band, featuring Sonny Ochiai and Rino will appear at 5:45pm, prior to the ceremony.

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb Photo Exhibition will be on display In the Japan Society Foyer from 3:30 PM. Peace Arts by Kunio Suzuki will be displayed.

This event is sponsored by the Heiwa Peace Reconciliation Foundation of New York, and supported by the Buddhist Council of New York, the Interfaith Center of New York, Interfaith Center of USA and the Origami Therapy Association, in partnership with the City of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Prefectural Government. We appreciate the Japan Society for providing us the wonderful space for this year’s ceremony.

IMPORTANT! RSVP is required for this year, because of limited seats available.
If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail with a note “Yes for Peace” to:
HEIWAfoundationNY@gmail.com or call /text to: 646-797-7982.
Then we will provide with instructions.