Shinnyo Buddhist Lantern Floating Lights Up Reflecting Pool At Lincoln Center

Shinnyo Buddhist Lantern Floating Lights Up For International Day Of Peace
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While more than 400,000 people gathered in New York City on September 21 for the People's Climate March, thousands of others convened for another ceremony.

The Shinnyo-en Buddhists hosted a "Lantern Floating for Peace" in the reflecting pool of Hearst Plaza at the Lincoln Center. The day-long ceremony borrowed from the long-held Japanese tradition of tōrō nagashi, a lantern floating ritual, and repurposed it for the occasion of the International Day of Peace and the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.

After a full day of performances and prayers, Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the head priest of Shinnyo-en, presided over a closing Lantern Floating ceremony, as hundreds of LED candle-lighted paper lanterns were set afloat on Hearst Plaza's Milstein Pool.

The organization said in a release to HuffPost:

The Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace is meant to inspire a spirit of harmony and compassion that transcends all boundaries of age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, and religious tradition - and empower people to create a stronger force for peace in our families, our communities, and our environment.

Take a look at these captivating photos from the event:

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Young Student Performers from The Dalton School
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The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Mens Ensemble Walk to the Stage
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Student Performers from LaGuardia High School
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Father Michael Holleran of Church of Notre Dame in Morningside Heights
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Daytime Lantern Floating - Crowds
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Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool at Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center 2
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Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool at Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center 1
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Dancers perform with Choreographer Abdul-Rahim Jackson
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Shinnyo Taiko Drumming Ensemble Evening Ceremony
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Shinnyo Spiritual Delegation, with Her Holiness Shinso Ito
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Shinnyo Spiritual Delegation during Evening Ceremony
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Her Holiness Shinso Ito of Shinnyo-en Sets Afloat her Lantern
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Evening Lanterns
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Daytime Lanterns 1
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Conclusion of SLFFP Evening Ceremony

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