Social Awareness in Shinnyo-en
As each person finds peace of mind and ultimate fulfillment through simple efforts made with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, the world at large will also reflect the internal change that takes place within us.
Buddhism also encourages its adherents to act for the sake of others, not just for oneself or one's own family or community. This is the altruistic heart of unconditional kindness, compassion and caring for others, which is common to all humanity. Fostering this generosity of spirit is fundamental to one's practice and cultivation of Buddha nature, and so Shinnyo-en members are encouraged to become involved in society and learn how to better serve others without being attached to specific rewards or results. Emphasis is placed on becoming a person who always considers the happiness of others to be as equally important as one's own.
According to Her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head of Shinnyo-en, "Making a contribution does not only mean donating one's time or money: it also means to live actively amongst others. It is to be engaged with the surrounding community, to become aware that there are things we can do."
Events such as the annual Shinnyo-en Hawaii Lantern Floating Ceremony on the ocean waters around Hawaii to pray for all spirits and for world peace, efforts such as the cleaning of public places by Shinnyo-en volunteers, or involvement in cultural activities, can all contribute in different ways to the happiness of the greater community.
Interfaith and Cross Cultural Dialogue
Dialogue across religious and cultural traditions is a core value of Shinnyo Buddhism.
Shinnyo-en supports philanthropic activities as part of its humanitarian mission to promote ethical social change and foster a universal sense of responsibility.
Shinnyo-en has established or supported a number of foundations and organizations that promote education, health, the arts, economic empowerment for the underprivileged, environmental awareness, and interfaith dialogue.