Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace 2014
On Sunday, Sept. 21, thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world gathered at the Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool and Terrance 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 U.N. 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 in one of the most captivating visual experience in New York City.

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