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A Buddhist 9-11 commemoration

If you’re in New York City tonight and would like to commemorate 9-11 in a Buddhist fashion, Rev. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki will be releasing paper lanterns off of Pier 40.


The Reuters FaithWorld blog has the story. I’ve always found the paper lanterns to be a powerful gesture.
Thanks to Evelyn for the heads up on this one
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posted September 11, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I remember going to the site to give first aid, and feeling overwhelmed with sadness and confusion- so many souls turned to dust- the smell was overpowering.
How to honor the dead and help the living?
Suddenly I smelled a difference and followed my nose to incense lit by Buddhist priests, chanting clarity and compassion.

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posted September 12, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Jersey here. That was not a good day for me.
wrote this a couple of years later…
9/11 Poem
Crashing towers of steel and
hopes and dreams and
so so so so so sad.
The tears of thousands,
The tears of children,
The fruits of violence and hate twisting metal like toys,
Fire burning like some ancient hell
so so so so so sad.
Crying for days and days afterward.
In New Brunswick, NJ, waiting for a train.
The man next to me stares straight ahead.
Without looking up he says,
“I’ve been to 40 funerals in the last two months.”
There is silence in the train station waiting room.
Everyone knows what he means.

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