October 15, 2016
The Sacred Sites of the Incas in and around Cusco, Peru, have been a special place for Shinnyo-en since 2014, when Her Holiness Shinso Ito visited the city to participate in a ceremony for Prayer for World Peace, which was held on September 14th, at Saksaywaman, an ancient walled complex on the northern outskirts of Cusco.
On September 2, 2016, a ceremony was held at the sacred Andean site of Qorikancha in Cusco, to commemorate and continue the Prayer for World Peace. A delegation of more than 300 spiritual leaders, representing a number of ancient faith traditions who share a commitment to collective healing and world peace, Andean, Christian and Buddhist practitioners, as well as civic leaders and local musicians, gathered with representatives from Shinnyo-en to celebrate this ceremony.
Following to the sound of Andean conch horns and a Catholic choir, priests entered into the site. Andean priests offered their prayers at the sacred stone and practiced water ablutions at the sacred fountain followed by an ancient Andean fire ritual.
A special message from Her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head of Shinnyo-en, and one of the few women to become a Buddhist master and attain the highest priestly rank of Daisojo, was presented at the spiritual gathering. Shinnyo priests then offered Buddhist chanting as a part of the ceremony. Father Alejandro Repullés, a Jesuit priest, offered prayers in Spanish and Andean Masters Hipólito Peralta Ccama and Froilán Torres Portilla chanted blessings in Quechua language.
Since it was first convened by Shinnyo-en two years ago, the Prayer for World Peace has been making small but impactful transformations for people in Peru through continuous local efforts and greater awareness of the harmony that is possible when people of different faiths work together for peace.
As Father Repullés joyfully looked back at the Peace Ceremony, he said, “We had shared the strong feeling that we are all inter-connected.”
Photo: The Sacred Sites of the Incas in Cusco, Peru, have been a special place for Shinnyo-en since 2014, as pictured here. In September of this year, Shinnyo-en was joined again by a delegation of spiritual leaders for a ceremony to commemorate the Prayer for World Peace.