The bright lights of New York City got a little brighter this week after the international Buddhist community, Shinnyo-en, set lanterns inside paper floats in the Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool.
The lantern floating event promotes peace and was held on September 21, the International Day of Peace, and the opening of the U.N. General Assembly. Uplifting messages are written on the lanterns which are illuminated for the entire world to see.
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Before the lanterns were put into the water, the day was filled with entertainment, including artistic performances from performers at Julliard and the New York City Ballet.
The group hopes to encourage compassion, awaken wisdom and strengthen unity.
We hope you enjoy these heartwarming images, illuminated by fire and reflected by water in a balance meant to draw comparisons to life itself.