Educational Institutions

Sacred City Inc

  • New York, NY

This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.

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Mission Statement

Gardens of Forgiveness is an
initiative of Sacred City, Inc., founded in the aftermath of 9/11 which has
been active in promoting forgiveness throughout the United States and around
the world.

Our non-profit was initially formed
to explore the possibility of a Garden of Forgiveness at the former World Trade
Center site.

Our mission is to create a future
beyond violence, with gardens as venues for conflict transformation and healing
in communities around the world as well as vehicles through which we raise
awareness about the power of forgiveness. Thus allowing us to heal the past and
create a bright future, one Garden of Forgiveness at a time.

Gardens of Forgiveness has also
develop an Educational Program for teenagers and adults which is being taught in New York. The program educate on the power
of forgiveness, giving practical tools to make it a daily practice. 

One cutting edge initiative of the
Gardens of Forgiveness is the development of partnerships with Yoga communities
to provide an integrated approach to wellness and healing. Incorporating yogic
technologies such as breathing exercises, as well as meditative practice.

Healing our hearts one breath at a

Main Programs

  1. Forgive To Give Campaign

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Service Areas



New York, Kigali (Rwanda), Los Angeles, Beirut (Lebanon)

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Principal Officer


Lyndon Harris



forgiveness, forgive, healing, gardens, garden, gratitude, yoga, education, 9/11, World Trade Center, Ground Zero, peace, reconciliation, interfaith, conflict transformation, community building

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Also Known As

Gardens of Forgiveness





Physical Address

83 Christopher street

New York, NY 10014


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


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Forgiveness is a human quality that
heals grievances, increases inner strength, joy and creativity. It offers a
real-world approach to the transformation of conflict by a shift in our hearts
and consciousness. Any significant change in the world begins with the
individual. We want to offer you new ways to play your part and become the
change the world needs - to create a world of compassion, kindness and love.

“If you want to see the brave, look
at those who can forgive” - Bhagavad Gita


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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Forgive To Give Campaign

* Creating and promoting the Global Gardens of Forgiveness Network©. We
have dedicated several Gardens of Forgiveness in the United States and are
currently working on one in Kigali, Rwanda. * Developing educational
initiatives on the healing power of forgiveness. In the next year, we will
distribute our curriculum for junior high students, which we have taught for
three consecutive years at Saint Hilda's and Saint Hugh's School in New York
City. For adults, we have developed a six lessons curriculum for small groups,
accompanied by a leader's guide, to be distributed internationally. * Building
partnerships with colleges, universities, and local communities. We lead
symposia on forgiveness as a peacemaking strategy based on our successful
events at Vassar College and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. * Raising
awareness about forgiveness through special events. These events include the
International Day of Forgiveness, on which "Heroes of Forgiveness"
are acknowledged.


Population(s) Served


General Public/Unspecified


Service Areas



New York, Kigali (Rwanda), Los Angeles, Beirut (Lebanon)

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Sacred City Inc



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Principal Officer

Lyndon Harris


The Reverend Lyndon F. Harris was the priest in charge of the relief ministries at Ground Zero offered through Saint Paul's Chapel after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Lyndon Harris joined the staff of Trinity Church/ Saint Paul's Chapel in April 2001 in order to develop an alternative urban worship program at Saint Paul's. However, from September 15, 2001 to June 2, 2002, Saint Paul's Chapel was converted into a multi-faith relief center for the rescue and relief workers, and victim's family members, at the World Trade Center site. Saint Paul's offered food, massage therapy, grief counseling, and chiropractic and podiatric care around the clock. By the end of the operation, over one half million meals were served.
Harris has traveled the country speaking to churches, civic groups and academic institutions about the transformative experiences of Saint Paul's Chapel and the wider community's response to 9/11. Lyndon Harris has appeared on many news programs including CBS News, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, NPR, The History Channel, NY1 (where Harris and the volunteers were twice selected as "New Yorkers of the Week"). Many international news outlets also featured his work at Saint Paul's, including the BBC and German TV (ARD). Harris has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The Washington Post, The Boston Herald, The Christian Science Sentinel, and others, including mention on A Prairie Home Companion. Harris is the author of the forthcoming book entitled The Little Chapel That Stood: A Story of Healing and Hope. Harris was recently selected for membership in the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches, USA.
Harris is co-chairing Gardens of Forgiveness non-profit with Dr. Frederic Luskin of Stanford University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Did you know that Forgiveness is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for others? Why not lighten up your life, release the past, and let go of what does not serve you? What about doing it NOW? 
Share this message remembering that the other person is YOU and help us share the life-changing message of Forgiveness with the world.

Hop on our healing wave and enjoy the ride! Happiness is your birthright!"



Lyndon Harris

Executive Director


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