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


At Lantern Floatings Around the World: “A Resolve for Compassion”

Lantern floating ceremonies in Taipei, Hawaii and Berlin highlight Her Holiness Shinso Ito’s message of “A Resolve for Compassion” for all. more

Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating Ceremony at Lake Kawaguchi

Shinnyo-en conducted its annual Lantern Floating Ceremony on Lake Kawaguchi, near Mt. Fuji, on August 16th. more

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Shinnyo-en means “a garden without borders, where all who desire to can bring forth their innate, true nature and be welcome as they are.”

At Shinnyo-en, we share our teachings with people from diverse backgrounds to become effective agents for compassion, peace, and harmony.

Shinnyo-en is a place where people of any age, gender, nationality, or faith can cultivate their innate Buddha nature #BeALight4Peace

"Peace is everyone's wish, and it forms the spiritual backbone of Shinnyo-en." - Shinjo Ito #BeALight4Peace

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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