The Institute for Zen Studies was established in order to:
1) promote comprehensive, multifaceted research on the thought, history, and culture of Zen Buddhism;
2) elucidate Zen’s essential nature and its significance for the modern world;
3) disseminate the results of this research and thereby enrich the spiritual culture of the world.
The Institute is furthering the above goals by supporting:
1) scholarly research on Zen, Zen culture, and Japanese culture;
2) the training of researchers in the fields of Zen, Zen culture, and Japanese culture;
3) the collection and exhibition of literary and other materials relating to Zen, Zen culture, and Japanese culture, as well as the publication of mass-market, academic, and translated books in these areas;
4) Zen-related research and practice for the education of the public;
5) exchange activities with religious seekers, academic researchers, educators, and related institutions in Japan and abroad;
6) various other activities related to the goals of the Institute for Zen Studies.
The above activities are pursued both domestically and internationally.