2014 Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace Creates a Space for Awakening in New York City

September 22, 2014
New York, New York

On Sunday, Sept. 21, thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world gathered at the Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool and Terrace in Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center to celebrate the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace.

The special occasion coincided with the International Day of Peace and the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. Civic, interfaith and community leaders, along with New Yorkers and visitors of all ages, joined Shinnyo-en in a collective quest for peace through lantern floating, live music and cultural performances at one of the most iconic settings in New York City.

At sunset, Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the head priest of Shinnyo-en and one of the highest-ranking woman Buddhist leaders in the world, presided over a special closing Lantern Floating ceremony, as hundreds of the LED candle-lighted paper lanterns were set afloat on the Milstein Pool, illuminating Hearst Plaza into one of the most captivating experiences in the city.

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.

We are grateful to the thousands of people in New York City and around the world who shared their personal wishes for peace with us on this special occasion.