The New York Buddhist Church is located at 331-332 Riverside Drive between West 105 Street and West 106 Street, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The Church features a historic statue of Shinran Shonin, founder of the Jodo Shinshu school of Buddhism, in front of the New York Buddhist Church. This statue of Shinran Shonin survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, in which 150,000 people died, and 90 percent of the buildings in the city collapsed or burned. On your visit, you may walk into New York Buddhist Church during its chanting and meditations, Dharma Gathering & Study Class, or Mandala making.
The New York Buddhist Church (NYBC) is a temple of Jodoshinshu True Pure Land School Buddhism, whose head temple is Nishi-Hongwanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Shinran Shonin (1173-1262) is the founder of this school of Buddhism.
The NYBC has been serving the New York community since 1938, and was founded by Rev. Hozen Seki with the assistance of his wife, Satomi, and concerned lay people. They all wished to share the Buddha-Dharma in America’s most populous city, which then had no center for Jodoshinshu Buddhism. Their wishes have flourished as today the Church continues to share the Buddha-Dharma here in New York.
The New York Buddhist Church
331-332 Riverside Drive (between West 105 Street and West 106 Street)
New York, NY 10025