Shinnyo-en is a lay Mahayana Buddhist denomination originally established in 1936 in Japan by Master Shinjo Ito together with his wife, Tomoji. Shinnyo-en is based on the Mahaparinirvana Sutra which is the last Teaching expounded by Shakyamuni Buddha before He entered into Nirvana.
The name “Shinnyo-en” means “a place without borders where all who desire to bring forth their true nature are welcome”. Shinnyo-en is a place where all people regardless of age, gender, nationality or religious background can cultivate their innate buddha-nature, understand their karma and change their lives for the better.
Currently, there are almost 1 million practitioners practicing in 138 centres in 16 countries around the world and Shinnyo-en today is led by Her Holiness Shinso Ito, who is Shinjo Ito’s direct successor.