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Shinnyo Buddhist Lantern Floating Lights Up Reflecting Pool At Lincoln Center

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:

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