September 29, 2013

An Interview with Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the Head Priest of Shinnyo-en


Last weekend, the Tricycle team was pleased to attend the Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating for Peace ceremony in New York City's Central Park. Led by Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the weekend-long event attracted thousands of visitors and honored the public and personal peacemakers in our lives. In this exclusive interview, Her Holiness speaks with Tricycle about her traditional Shingon (Japanese Vajrayana) Buddhist training, the thrust of Shinnyo-en's teachings, and the importance of continuing these international ceremonies for peace.

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wilnerj's picture

"her traditional Shingon (Japanese Vajrayana) Buddhist training"

Ahem, Shingon is known as Mantrayana Buddhism.

Interesting Interview. But are there really shortcuts?

Pema Gilman's picture

I don't think HH Shinso Ito was saying to use "shortcuts" as much as she was promoting finding contemporary methods to transmit traditional teachings to people in this modern world; finding that with which they can resonate so their heart/mind is opened in a positive way and that naturally leads to compassion and wisdom in living their lives.

wilnerj's picture

She claims to have found an approach which does not require the years of commitment that Shingon demands. One could surmise that she is proposing a shortcut.