Her Holiness Shinso Ito

Her Holiness Shinso Ito is head of Shinnyo-en. Recognized as Master Shinjo Ito’s most accomplished disciple, she succeeded him after his passing in 1989 as the head of Shinnyo Buddhism. She is one of the few women to become a Buddhist master and attain the highest priestly rank of Daisojo.

Profoundly aware that a spiritual path must be meaningful for people living today, Her Holiness teaches an engaged form of Buddhism where practitioners see their daily surroundings as their training ground for cultivating their innate “buddha nature” – the seed of enlightenment that can blossom through giving joy to others.

Her inspiring message of peace and enlightenment is infused with palpable joy and gentleness.

Inspirational messages from the Head of Shinnyo-en

By letting our potential shine through, each of us can become a star that illuminates the world around us.

Cherish every bond you share with someone else.

Physical distance may separate us, but we are all connected by the same ocean.

Acts of remembrance are also opportunities to reflect on the meaning of the life weʻve been given.

Imagine what can happen when there are more of us, coming together with the shared purpose of creating a better world.