Heiwa [hey-wa] Peace & Reconciliation Foundation of New York Ltd. supports annual Hiroshima & Nagasaki peace events in August, promotes awareness of issues relating to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and general issues in relation to war, conflict and violence, with the intent of taking a proactive approach based upon Eastern religions to create a peaceful world. The Foundation works to give life to the wish for peace. It creates and supports programs related to peace and reconciliation at the grassroots level, so that ordinary people will learn to live peacefully with compassion and love, transforming violence in our society to peace.
Healing our mind and body with wisdom, love and compassion,
Emancipating ourselves from bias, greed and violence,
I shall do something for peace and reconciliation in my own way.
We are ordinary people, sometimes smart, and sometimes dumb,
And therefore, we listen and learn from each other to build a peaceful world.
“Heiwa” poem by Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, D. Min.
BIO of Founder
Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, D. Min. is a Buddhist priest, author, dharma teacher and counselor, ordained in the 750-year-old Jodoshinshu tradition of Japanese Buddhism since 1980 at the Nishi Honganji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. He is a President and Founder of the Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York, Ltd [501(c)3 charity NPO] formed 2018. He is an executive officer and former President of the Buddhist Council of New York. Rev Nakagaki is a Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, Nagasaki Peace Correspondent, and New York City Police Department Clergy Liaison. Since 1994, Rev. Nakagaki has organized an Interfaith Peace event to commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.