The lantern floating ceremonies at Shinnyo-en began with the humble wish of Masters Shinjo and Tomoji Ito to contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of others. Selflessly acting for the sake of people and society is also the fundamental principle underpinning the concept of “transferring merit.” Together as a community, we can give expression to our prayers complementing with concrete acts by bring there for others to help them through times of suffering or sadness.
We would like to invite you to join us at Suntec Convention Centre, Crescent Room 2 this Saturday to experience Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating. Service will be conducted through VTR in Singapore.
Traditionally in Japan, lanterns are floated as part of a custom to remember one’s ancestors. The spiritual community of Shinnyo-en began its tradition of floating lanterns at a small stream when Shinjo and Tomoji’s first son, Kyodoin, passed away not long after they founded the Shinnyo Path in 1936, embarking on a life of reaching out to others through prayer in action. Over the years, members of the sangha continued its tradition of honoring those who have passed. The service in its present form began in 1952 at Lake Kasumigaura, Ibaraki prefecture, and then expanded as it moved to its present location at Lake Kawaguchi overlooking Mt. Fuji in the 1980s.