Welcome to the Shinjo Center Library where we are building a virtual collection of works by Shinjo Ito including books, poems and diary extracts written by Shinjo Ito over his lifetime.

Please stop back since we will continuously be adding further writings from Shinjo Ito, and additional materials on Buddhism and Shakyamuni Buddha.

We hope you enjoy your reading experiences.


Shinjo Ito was a renowned Buddhist master who believed that the truths of Buddhism should be accessible to all. Shinjo: Reflections is a collection of gems drawn from a lifetime of practice. This book offers a practical set of guidelines on how to turn daily challenges into a path of awakening. Indispensable for both novice and experienced practitioners alike, Shinjo:Reflections will be a book one turns to again and again. “Shinjo’s teachings point to the bliss of nirvana at the deepest level of natural reality. This book is to be treasured.” —Robert Thurman

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The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito is the definitive artistic retrospective of one of the 20th century’s most innovative Buddhist masters. Recognized as a Great Master of Japanese Buddhism at the age of 37, Shinjo Ito used art as a direct means to communicate sublime truths. From sculptures of seminal Buddhist figures to dynamic calligraphy, his body of creative work contains the precious kernel of true awakening. Lavishly illustrated with full-color reproductions and featuring insightful critical commentaries by experts in the field, the book is ideal for anyone interested in Buddhism or the broader sphere of spiritual art.

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The story of the Buddha’s enlightenment is one of humankind’s greatest narratives of transformation. In this book, the renowned Buddhist master Shinjo Ito gives us a new interpretation, laced with insight and wisdom, of that powerful tale. Whether the reader is someone simply wishing to find out more about Buddhism or an experienced practitioner, there is much in this concise book that will inspire and inform.

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Shinjo was a 20th century Buddhist master and artist whose creative work spanned the divide between humanity and the divine. In this new concise edition the rich, multifaceted art of Shinjo is made available as never before. This is a pocket treasury of the works exhibited in three countries between 2006-2008, beautifully illustrating his vision.



Throughout its long history, Buddhism has always been adept at producing masters who suit the times in which they live. Shinjo Ito was just such a master. Born in Japan in 1906, Shinjo taught the truths of Buddhism throughout the many turbulent events of the 20th century. Shinjo’s gift was to make the classical tenets of Buddhism accessible to all, and this small book provides a worthy record of his life and seminal work.



The 2008 USA tour of The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito was one of the cultural highlights of the Buddhist calendar. For the first time the visionary art of the great Buddhist master Shinjo Ito was publicly displayed in the West. Profusely illustrated with over 200 photographs, and including interviews, commentaries, and analysis, this book provides the complete record of an unforgettable three-city tour.


Artwork of Shinjo Ito

Visit the Art Gallery to explore the artworks of the 20th Century Buddhist Master, Shinjo Ito.

Special Feature

Our special feature this month is a video set detailing the Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito Exhibition in the Movie Room.

Future Events

Over the coming months we will be bringing several new features to the Shinjo Ito Center including a Calligraphy Room & Lecture Hall.

The Library

Visit the Library and explore some of the writings of Shinjo Ito

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