Happy Science New York

New York Branch

The grand mission of Happy Science is to create utopia on Earth - to save all humankind through the worldwide dissemination of the universal Truth as taught by El Cantare, the Lord of all Gods. The Truth that we teach transcends the barriers of race, culture and religion, and is a major force in uniting a despairingly fragmented world. Members of Happy Science strive for self-refinement through a continuous practice of faith and the education of the soul via the 'exploration of the right mind' and the Fourfold Path of Love, Wisdom, Self-Reflection, and Progress.

Our Temple is open to all who wish to learn more of the beautiful and inspiring teachings of Master Ryuho Okawa. We warmly invite you to visit our Soul Training Center to experience our teachings first hand. We offer a myriad of activities that will invigorate your mind, body and soul. Our events are donation driven and open to the public.

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Upcoming Events

At Happy Science, we learn the universal Truth about ourselves, of life, the world and the universe to discover the infinite paths to happiness. No matter where you come from or what religion you may belong to, be it Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Jewish, Hinduism or others, Happy Science welcomes you to join us and study these teachings together. With over 1,600 books and counting, it is a fountain of wisdom revealing the workings of the mind and the universe, unveiling the method to achieve great harmony between private and public happiness.

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Calendar: December 2014

Private sessions for meditation, video lectures, and counseling can be scheduled outside the public open hours upon reservation. Please contact us in advance to schedule an appointment. Public hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. For more information, please contact us below.


Date Activity
12/7 Sunday Service & Potluck
What is Ritual Prayer?
Preceding the service, we are hosting our monthly potluck lunch
Potluck: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Service: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$10 Suggested Offering
Minister Takanobu Kimura
12/7 Monthly Kigan
2:30pm to 3:00pm
$25 per prayer
Minister Takanobu Kimura
12/14 Sunday Service
Deeping Walt Disney's Success
1:00pm to 2:00pm
$10 Suggested Offering
Vice Minister Yushi Hagimoto
12/14 Volunteer Meeting
Overview of the Winter Retreat
3:00pm to 4:30pm
12/21 Sunday Service
Introduction to the Noble Eight Fold Path
1:00pm to 2:00pm
$10 Suggested Offering
Minister Takanobu Kimura
12/21 Tea with Trilogy
A group discussion and Dharma talk
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Gratitude Offering
Hosted by Ms. Asami Inouye
12/28 Winter Retreat Off-Site
Spiritual Message from Walt Disney & Koan Seminar
Stony Point Retreat Center, Stony Point, NY
December 27th to 30th
NY temple will be closed from Dec. 27th to 30th


Date Activity
12/16 Special Kigan jpn
11:00am to 11:30am
Offering: Please Inquire
Head Minister Keith Shimada Kimura
12/19 Group Kigan jpn
11:00am to 11:30am
Offering: Please Inquire
Minister Takanobu Kimura
12/30 Temple Closed
NY temple will be closed from Dec. 27th to 30th
12/31 Year End Samu Discipline
Temple cleaning and contemplation exercise
10:00am to 6:00pm
12/31 Year End Gratitude Service
Annual New Year's Countdown Party and Gratitude Service
11:30pm to 12:30am
Gratitude Offering
Ministers Takanobu Kimura & Yushi Hagimoto


Date Activity
Tues. to Sun. Morning Prayers
9:45am to 10:30am
Gratitude Donation
Minister Takanobu Kimura
Tues. to Fri. Evening Prayers & Meditation
Four Stage Meditation
6:00pm to 6:45pm
Gratitude Donation
Minister Takanobu Kimura
Wednesdays Weekly Study Group
The Laws of Courage
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Gratitude Donation
No session on 12/25
Vice Minister Yushi Hagimoto
Thursdays Wall Street Zen Seminar (PDF) Off-Site
Rockefeller Group, 48 Wall Street, 11th Fl.
12:15pm to 12:45pm
Gratitude Donation
No session on 12/25
Ministers Alexander Kimura & Max Hagimoto

 Events are in English unless otherwise stated
Updated: 12/4/14

 This branch has yet to provide information regarding events and activities for December; please contact the branch for more information.

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Happy Science is a universal religion that unites everyone; therefore, we welcome all who wish to improve themselves through the exploration of the Right Mind and daily practice of The Fourfold Path of Love, Wisdom, Self-reflection and Progress. Through self-refinement, members learn to enact positive change in their lives. Imbued with a sense of purpose (rooted in love and altruism), our members gain confidence to pursue roles that positively affect society.

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Happiness Planting

There are many expressions of offerings in Happy Science, such as offering time, experience or skills. As a non-profit organization, we rely solely on contributions from members (and friends) to fund activities and support our ministers. It is not the quantity that matters, but the quality and attitude of the offering, so we encourage all who appreciate our teachings to consider a showing of gratitude in the form of regular offerings.

Offerings can be made using the "Happiness Planting" donations envelope at your local temple or through our online donations portal.

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Happy Science Monthly is our worldwide publication that includes teachings of universal Truth that have already awakened many. Each issue contains the latest insight into the world of Happy Science such as news stories, events and members' life-changing experiences, and the sharing of our vast collection of Master Okawa's teachings.
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Originally published in 1986, Master Ryuho Okawa's first book The Laws of the Sun explores the fundamental teachings of Happy Science and has provided the spiritual basis for over 1,400 books since. 26 years later, IRH Press is publishing the updated edition of this foundational text with new insights and observations.
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Additional Information


Happy Science New York
79 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013
D: Tuesday to Sunday
H: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Closed on Mondays

(212) 343-7972

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