NEW YORK, Dec 1 2020 / PRNewswire / – The Buddhist Church of New York (NYBC) is pleased to announce that it will be presenting a fundraising celebration for the New Year’s season with an online series of demonstrations, workshops, readings and performance, December 20 to January 1. Focusing on Japanese, Japanese American and Buddhist cultural traditions, artists, educators and religious leaders will share their expertise to present and learn about how the New Year is celebrated in Japan and United States. All events will be broadcast on NYBC’s Facebook and YouTube channels with links to www.newyorkbuddhistchurch.org. Suggested donations for the entire series and individual events will support the fundraising effort.
“This holiday season is unlike any other as we are homebound and unable to visit and get together with friends and family,” the Reverend said. Count Ikeda, NYBC Resident Minister. “We decided to create an online presence that would bring people together to learn more about the importance of Japanese New Year traditions and how Buddhism influences different practices in the visual, literary and performing arts. We want to share this with the wider community. in new York and beyond.”
The series starts on Sunday, December 20 (1 p.m. EST) with an online introduction to the New York Buddhist Church – its history, current religious and educational activities, and affiliated cultural organizations that create a vibrant center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York.
Then Sunday December 27 Until New Years Day 2021, online events will provide daily cultural and religious programming of Japanese, Japanese American and Buddhist New Year traditions. Events will be previewed on NYBC’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. on the following dates and times, and will continue to be viewed thereafter:
- December 27 (Sunday) 2 p.m. EST: Demonstration of Kadomatsu (pine door) of traditional Japanese New Year decoration with Gail Inaba and Don thompson; and floral arrangements for the new year with Masako Gibeault of the Ryusei-ha school of Ikebana
- December 28 (On Monday) 7 p.m. EST: Interactive New Year’s Eve Poetry Workshop Live on Zoom with Reverend Dr. Mark T. Unno, professor of religious studies at the University of Oregon (registration required)
- December 29 (Tuesday) 7 p.m. EST: Demonstration of Buddhist Sculpture with the artist Thomas Matsuda who talks about his training in Japan and his unique interpretation of Buddhist sculpture
- December 30 (Wednesday) 7 p.m. EST: Mochi demonstrate and assemble the Kagami Mochi (traditional New Year decoration) with the Rev. Count Ikeda, resident minister of the Buddhist Church of New York; a reading of the children’s book “Thank You Very Mochi” by the author Paul Matsushima with her children; and Kakizome (First calligraphic writing of the new year) demonstration with Yuri Ishizuka, professor of calligraphy, Japanese American Association of new York
- December 31st (Thusday) 7 to 9 p.m. EST: Joya-e (New years Eve) Service at the New York Buddhist Church led by Rev. Count Ikeda; flautist shakuhachi music Old Augustus; lighting of commemorative candles and ringing of gongs; Toshikoshi Soba (New Year’s Eve Noodle Crossing), a demonstration of how to prepare the traditional midnight meal by Rev. Count Ikeda
- January 1, 2021 (Friday) 11:30 am EST: Shusho-e (New Years Day) New York Buddhist Church Service with Rev. Count Ikeda; 2 p.m. EST: Kamishibai Tell stories with Donna Tamaki; and 2:45 p.m. EST: flautist and jazz composer performances Christian Artmann and Duo YUMENO: traditional and contemporary world music for the New Year with Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto / shamisen / voice) and Hikaru Tamaki (cello)
The New York Buddhist Church (NYBC) is a temple of Buddhism of the Jodo Shinshu True Land School, whose main temple is the Nishi-Hongwanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Shinran Shonin (1173-1262) is the founder of this school of Buddhism. NYBC was founded in New York City by Reverend Hozen Seki in 1938.
As many institutions have been affected by the pandemic, the NYBC closed its physical doors in March but established an online presence with weekly online live broadcasts of its Sunday services, Buddhist meditation, and education classes. ‘study. Donations to events will provide support to maintain operations. The New York Buddhist Church is a tax exempt organization under section 501c (3) of the Tax Code.
SOURCE New York Buddhist Church