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-en Joins in Spirit of Charity and Friendship at New York City Police Department’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive

The Shinnyo-en member volunteer band Universal Beat performed at New York City’s 9th Precinct's annual holiday charity toy drive. more

An Interfaith Community Concert Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shinnyo-en members performed in the “Music of Freedom” memorial concert at United Methodist Church in White Plains, NY, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. more

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"A burning candle, when its light is shared with others, illuminates the world more brilliantly." -Shinso Ito

"Just as art reflects the artist, everything is a creation of the mind." - Shinjo Ito

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

Shinso Ito's inspiring message of peace and enlightenment is infused with palpable joy and gentleness.

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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