The Beliefs and Practices of Shinnyo Buddhism
Shinnyo-en is an international Buddhist community founded on the ancient wisdom and love embodied in the Buddha's teachings. Building on twenty-five centuries of tradition, Shinnyo Buddhism teaches laypeople how to use each day as an opportunity to connect with others and seek enlightenment.
The Buddhist term shinnyo denotes both buddhahood (spiritual awakening) and the nature of reality; en refers to a boundless garden or open space. Shinnyo-en is a place for people to discover and develop the buddha, or awakened nature, within themselves through altruistic Buddhist practice.
Shinnyo Buddhists promote the values of peaceful coexistence and cooperation through the works of philanthropic foundations, and place great value on the contributions that each individual can make toward life on our planet. Everyone's spiritual journey is unique, and Shinnyo-en offers a diverse environment where we can all grow and cultivate their aspiration for enlightenment.
Master Shinjo Ito, Founder of Shinnyo-en
In 1936, Shinjo Ito was enjoying a comfortable career as an aircraft engineer, but felt a strong desire to pursue Buddhism and guide people to happiness.
Shinnyo Fire and Water Ceremonies
Her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head Priest of Shinnyo-en, has created contemporary forms of ancient awakening (fire) and consolation (water) ceremonies and officiated at these ceremonies throughout the world - from Japan to Berlin to Honolulu to Kenya.
Sesshin, which means "to touch the essence" in Japanese, is Shinnyo-en's meditative training to help each individual nurture their buddha nature.