Shinnyo-en is a Buddhist denomination originally established in Japan. It is, first and foremost, a place for Buddhist training, in which all people regardless of age, gender, nationality, or religious background can cultivate their innate buddha nature, the kernel of enlightenment existing in all beings. more


17th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony

The largest Memorial Day observance in the United States happens on the beach in Honolulu with the Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony. more

Her Holiness Meets with President of The Republic of Kenya

Upon his first visit to Japan, Uhuru Kenyatta, president of the Republic of Kenya, enjoyed an opportunity to meet with Her Holiness Shinso Ito, in March. more

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The most important way to practice is to put the Buddha’s teachings into action and show kindness and compassion to those around you.

"Making a contribution to be engaged with the surrounding community, to become aware that there are things we can do." Shinso Ito

Through mindfulness practitioners reflect on themselves and resolve to practice harmony, gratitude, kindness, and acceptance.

"We will see that it won’t matter how small our individual spark of shinnyo might be." -- Her Holiness Shinso Ito

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Sesshin Meditation

Sesshin Meditation

Sesshin, which means "to touch the essence" in Japanese, is Shinnyo-en's meditative training to help each individual nurture their buddha nature. more

Her Holiness Shinso Ito

Her Holiness Shinso Ito

Shinnyo-en is led by Her Holiness Shinso Ito. She is one of the few women to become a Buddhist master and attain the highest priestly rank of daisojo. more

Shinnyo Fire & Water Ceremonies

Shinnyo Fire & Water Ceremonies

Created by Her Holiness Shinso Ito in 1992, these contemporary ceremonies have been celebrated several times in various locations around the world since then. more