New York Buddhist Church celebrates 75th anniversary

The New York Buddhist Church's founder, Rev. Hozen Seki, seated on the right of the temple's altar

Celebratory art, performance, ceremonies and parties are all on tap in the coming months to honor the New York Buddhist Church and the 75th anniversary of its founding. Since 1938, the NYBC, on Manhattan’s Riverside Drive, has provided sacred space for urban followers of Jodoshinshu True Pure Land School Buddhism, which itself traces its roots to 13th c. Japan.

The festivities get under way Saturday, September 7, with an Open House from noon on, featuring a martial arts exhibition, as well as Japanese dance and Taiko drumming. Visitors may also enjoy the opening and artists’ reception of an exhibit dedicated to the occasion, entitled “Awakening to Light.”  The art show will then be on display every weekend until October 12-13, at which time temple members will host a 75th Anniversary Dinner and Commemorative Service.

For full details about the NYBC’s 75th Anniversary and other programs, click here.