Affiliated Organizations

Under Her Holiness Shinso's leadership, 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.

Here are some examples of Shinnyo-en's activity in this area:

The Ito Foundation for International Education Exchange
Established in 1991 with the aim of nurturing young people from different backgrounds to contribute to society and the world. The foundation has awarded scholarships to around 250 Japanese graduate students studying abroad, providing them with opportunities to promote mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The foundation also provides scholarships to foreign exchange students in masters programs at Japanese universities.

Shinnyo-en Foundation
A philanthropic organization of Shinnyo-en USA, established in 1994 as an endeavor to promote global peace through service. The Foundation supports community-based organizations and educational institutions that engage youth in meaningful acts of service. The Foundation also sponsors ongoing programs that support the leadership development of young adults from the Shinnyo-en community and beyond.

The Univers Foundation
Established in 1990 to promote the welfare of senior citizens worldwide. The foundation aims to maintain prosperity and vitality in the aging society by contributing to international surveys and research regarding senior citizen welfare; supporting international exchange of researchers in this field; and encouraging programs to nurture young volunteers.

Izumi Foundation
Established in 1998 to assist the world's poorest people by supporting programs that improve health in developing countries, with a focus on infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, malnutrition, maternal and neonatal health, and health care infrastructure. To date the foundation has supported 40 projects in 23 countries.

Na Lei Aloha Foundation
Established in 2004, Na Lei Aloha (Hawaiian for "many lei of embracement") is a convener of individuals and organizations working to benefit others. Through grantmaking and hosting events such as the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, the Foundation aims to provide opportunities for people to build caring, harmonious relationships that strengthen Hawaii's diverse community.

University of Southern California
The USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture is one of the most active centers for Japan studies in the United States. Under the leadership of Professor Duncan Ryuken Williams, the Center works to promote the study of Japanese religions and culture at USC and in the broader intellectual community of Japan Studies. The Center funds faculty-led research projects; plans conferences, colloquia, and workshops; provides faculty and graduate student research support awards; and hosts visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows from around the world.

The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being
As a part of Shinnyo-en’s commitment to sharing fundamental Buddhist values in ways that can be accessible to everyone, The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being in New York City provides guided meditations, workshops and lectures, in a warm and welcoming environment, where New Yorkers can nourish balance and perspective in their personal and professional lives.

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