Fire and Water

Photographs by Henny Garfunkel

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On a warm day in early March, several hundred people gathered at the Laikipia Nature Conservancy in central Kenya to attend the fire and water ceremony held by the Japanese lay Buddhist order Shinnyo-en, and led by the head of Shinnyo-en, Her Holiness Shinso Ito (pictured above). Every year, Shinnyo-en conducts several fire and water ceremonies around the world. Each ceremony, based on the ancient Buddhist fire ritual homa, is dedicated to awakening people to their innate compassionate nature toward all life forms and expresses Shinnyo-en’s desire to strive for the welfare of all people.

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