The New York Buddhist Church



Copyright © 2017 New York Buddhist Church

331-332 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-678-0305
Fax: 212-662-4502

  

Ongoing Programs
 

Weekly Dharma Programs
  • For a schedule of services, please see the Calendar
Buddhist Chanting & Meditation Sessions
  • Buddhist Chanting and Meditation: Evenings, Wed. 7:00 PM (please check the Calendar to confirm when sessions will be held. Note: there are infrequent unforseen circumstances where a meditation session needs to be cancelled before the website is updated every month. Usually this is not an issue; but please call the temple at 212-678-0305 if you need to confirm).
Japanese Howakai
  • Japanese Howakai: Monthly (usually first Thursday) 7:00 - 8:30 PM (please check the Calendar to confirm when sessions will be held. Note: there are infrequent unforseen circumstances where a weekday session needs to be cancelled before the website is updated every month. Please call the temple at 212-678-0305 if you need to confirm).
Weekly Cultural & Spiritual Programs
  • Soh Daiko Drumming, Thu. 7:00 - 9:30 PM and Sat. 2:00- 5:00 PM, Dojo. For additional information, please visit Soh Daiko - Taiko in New York.
  • Tachibana Japanese Dance, Sat. 11:30 - 6:00 PM, Annex, 2nd Floor. For additional information, please visit Tachibana School of Nihon Buyou.
  • Martial Arts Class, Weekday Evenings and Saturday Morning, Dojo. For additional information, please visit Kokushi Budo Institute.
Fun Activities
  • New Uke City Strumming Circle, two Saturdays monthly for ukulele practice, 12:30pm to 2pm. New players are given lesson. Bring a uke and join in! See calendar for dates. 

 

Special Services / Special Events

May 21, Sun., Gotan-ye (Shinran Shonin's Birthday) Service from 11:30 am.

GOTAN-YE service celebrates the birth of Shinran Shonin (1173-1262), the founder of the Jodo Shinshu school of Pure Land Buddhism. Shinran Shonin taught that the Buddha's compassion extended to all; and that by reciting Nembutsu with faith in Amida, one may be reborn into the Pure Land regardless of rank or class, gender, whether monk or layperson, literate or illiterate. All that is required is faith in the saving power of Amida's Vow to save all beings. We celebrate his birthday with palms together in appreciation and gratitude. Namu Amida Butsu!

This May celebration is also called Fujimatsuri (Wisteria Festival), after the purple flower which represents our sect. Wisteria flowers grow high on the intertwined branches of a tall tree, unlike other flowers which stand up when in full bloom, the wisteria hangs down, as if in humility. This Fujiwara crest also represents our mother temple, Nishi Honganji in Kyoto.