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


Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace 2014

On Sunday, Sept. 21, thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world gathered at the Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool and Terrace in Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center to celebrate the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace. more

A Prayer for World Peace in Cusco, Peru

A Prayer for World Peace was held together with Andean faith leaders and christian priests, civic leaders and local musicians, at Saqsaywaman in Cusco, Peru, with Her Holiness Shinso Ito officiating a special fire ceremony. An archive of the special webcast can be seen more

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An essential part of Shinnyo-en practice is active volunteerism, and pursuing inter-faith dialogue, which includes lantern floating.

Shinso Ito on her mother, Tomoji Ito: "Her strength and leadership inspired me to take a path of religious and priestly training."

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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