Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki
Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, D. Min. is a Buddhist priest, ordained in the 750-year-old Jodoshinshu tradition of Japanese Buddhism in 1980. He is a President and Founder of the Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York. He also is a President Emeritus of the Buddhist Council of New York (served the BCNY President from 2001-2005, 2013-2017); a Hiroshima Peace Ambassador; Nagasaki Peace Correspondent; an Honorary Board Member of the interfaith Center of New York; an Honorary President of Sanghakaya Foundation (India), and New York City Police Department Clergy Liaison.
Since 1994, Rev. Nakagaki has organized an Interfaith Peace event to commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. He organized the annual 9-11 WTC Memorial Floating Lanterns Ceremony from 2002-2011.
Rev. Nakagaki was ordained in 1980 at the Nishi Honganji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. In 1985, he was sent to the US as an overseas minister, serving first with at the Seattle Buddhist Church, (1985-1989), the Parlier Buddhist Church (1989-1994), and the New York Buddhist Church (1994-2010).
He is an author of the book “The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler’s Cross: Rescuing a Symbol of Peace from the Forces of Hate.” (Stone Bridge Press in fall, 2018). Kindle version of “No Worry, No Hurry, Eat Curry: Tracing the Path of the Buddha in India” (A Buddhist Monk Walks in India, published by Gendai Shokan, 2003) is available in English.