Shinnyo-en is a Buddhist denomination and a place for Buddhist training that is open to all.

Shinnyo-en welcomes all people regardless of age, gender, nationality, or religious background to develop the Buddha, or awakened nature, within themselves. The community is built on a 1,200-year-old tradition of wisdom and compassion. Shinnyo-en is unique in its approach to making once-esoteric teachings accessible to all, bringing the benefits of ancient practices to people everywhere.

The Japanese term shinnyo denotes both 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 an awakened nature, within themselves through altruistic actions.

Shinnyo-en promotes the values of peaceful coexistence and cooperation through the works of philanthropic foundations, and a place a great value on the contributions that each individual can make toward life on our planet. Everyonne’s spiritual journey is unique, and Shinnyo-en offers a diverse environment where we can all grow and cultivate an aspiration for enlightenment.

Shinnyo-en followers practice a particular form of one-to-one meditation with a meditation guide called sesshin. Shinnyo-en followers also participate in a wide range of rituals and ceremonies adapted from ancient global Buddhist and esoteric spiritual practices. Shinnyo-en also promotes individual altruism; 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.