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The first offering of the 108 Bowls: Water Mala was made September 26, 2009 on the Nakashima Peace Altar.  The altar stands in the nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.  Dedicated in 1987 the altar is a massive wooden table hewn from a 125-foot, 300 year old walnut tree. In the words of its creator, master woodworker, George Nakashima, then 81: "It is hoped that this table might become a physical symbol of peace, a peace that is central to our very existence on Earth—To sing and chant around it, each in his own tongue. . .to present a rose or lotus on it, with the Indian sense of devotion: returned when dry as a blessing ... Perhaps as an object of pilgrimage, inviting my sadhu (mendicant) friends from India for meditation, or peace groups to gather about, it being a symbol."