09/25/2014 01:36 pm ET Updated Sep 25, 2014

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:

Shinnyo Buddhist Lantern Floating


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