Be a Light for Peace – FILM

Saturday, January 19

“Be a Light for Peace,” was the theme of the NYC Lantern Floating when Shinnyo-en invited people to honor peacemakers and dedicate their lanterns with wishes for peace. Lantern Floating is a symbolic tradition, in which participants float lanterns on water to honor those who have passed away and represents the interconnection of the past, the present and the future. It also carries with it a message of hope toward a harmonious and peaceful world. The ceremony was designed to inspire a collective awakening for peace and compassion and to celebrate the harmony in the diversity of New York City.

January Film Times: Thursdays @ 6:00 and Saturdays @ 1:15

30 minutes

January 19, 2019 - Saturday 1:15 viewing – Be a Light for Peace

Free admission!



January 24, 2019 - Thursday 6pm Viewing – Be a Light for Peace

Free admission!



Shinnyo Feature Film – The Vision and Craft of Shinjo Ito

Saturday, February 2

This film explores the process by which Shinjo Ito, founder of Shinnyo Buddhism, sculpted his greatest milestone: a 16-foot reclining image of the Buddha.            

In Shinjo Ito’s own words: “What I seek to create is not just the physical form of a Buddha figure. My purpose for sculpting them is to inspire and motivate everyone to find the enlightened (Buddha) nature within their own selves and grow spiritually.”

Shinjo Ito (1906-1989), founder of the Shinnyo-en stream of Buddhism, was one of Japan’s most versatile Buddhist sculptors and an accomplished artist in fields as diverse as calligraphy and photography. Throughout his life he created countless artworks as a way of giving form to his deeply held faith-in 1957 producing probably his greatest milestone, the Great Parinirvana Image: a 16-foot long statue of Buddha Shakyamuni about to enter nirvana.


February 2, 2019 - Saturday 1:15 pm viewing – The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito

Free admission!


February 7, 2019 - Thursday 6:00 pm viewing – The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito

Free admission!