"Should be the first Buddhist Prime Minister of Canada, or any Western nation" - Emmy-Winner Charles Adler, Global News.
The only contemporary expert from the lineage of the Buddha and an eminent international level thinker" - Times of India
"The foremost expert in the world on the original Buddhist traditions of India" - Indian Express
"Zenji is a spiritual rockstar! "- Indian ambassador Akhilesh Mishra.
"An authentic voice for the peoples of Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea that still honor the original Mahayana Buddhism founded by his ancient Indian ancestors." - UN Report.
"Zenji deserves to be a household name" -- Emmy award-winning broadcaster Charles Adler
"A world-renowned authority who travels the world promoting peace -- when he speaks, the world listens" - Hitavada Newspaper of India.
Founder Rev. Zenji Nio
"In a google search, Zenji will not show up as much as the Dalai Lama. But Zenji is the most effective and endearing speaker on Buddhism and the only one comparable to the Dalai Lama" - Chander Khanna, Spiritual expert, who brought the Parliament of World's Religions to Toronto in 2018.
"A very important voice of peace and reason" - Imam Tawhidi, the Imam of Peace and international peace activist.
"Zenji is the Martin Luther of Buddhism" -- Rev. Prof. Johnson, Yale University.
"Once you hear Zenji speak, you forget about all other Buddhist speakers" - Prof. Hebbar, George Washington University
Global Ambassador for Indo-Japan alliance -- and friend of the Jewish people
Organized and led the 1st ever Multifaith Commemoration of the Holocaust in association with Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center
Zenji's work to combat antisemitism -- inspired by the Righteous Among Nations Samurai Sempo Sugihara:
Article in Toronto Sun by famed broadcaster Tarek Fatah -- also respected by ME Forum:
Interview with famed Canadian commentator of Global News, Emmy-Winner Charles Adler, the son of a Holocaust survivor on Yom HaShoah" :
Toronto City News -- TV Report of the Event
Sempo Sugihara represented the great Samurai tradition of Japan and Zenji Nio's connection to this great Code of Honor are unique.
Although Zenji keeps a low profile, he has inspired millions around the world and his work has been praised by major media outlets including the BBC, CBC, Olympics Media in association with the New York Times, National Post, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express and Hitavada. Zenji is the only one selected from around the world to serve as the spiritual and motivational coach to a record 50 medal-winning Olympians -- and his inspirational speeches have also been praised by Canada's Federal Ministers of Defense, Finance, Immigration, Citizenship, Multiculturalism and Status of Women as well as Canadian Ambassadors to India, Nepal, China, Iran and the Middle East. Zenji has also been praised by senior advisors to Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton and has given raved about speeches alongside scholars from the universities of Oxford, Harvard, Yale, George Washington, Tokyo, Korea, Hong Kong, Toronto, Wilfred Laurier, Ryerson, Indian Institute of Management and Nagpur University. Similarly, when the Japanese Sangha and the Indian Govt. organized the biggest ever Buddhist event in Nagpur, Zenji was chosen to give the keynote speech before a million people. He was also the only non-American selected to give the keynote speech in Washington at the Council that liaisons with the White House. Furthermore, when the City of Toronto proclaimed Buddha Day, Zenji was chosen to give the keynote speech at an event attended by the monks and scholars of the city. In addition, Zenji was given the honor of speaking at the official Celebration of the Indian Independence Day by the Govt of India. Zenji has also helped raise millions for charities praised by Bollywood megastars Amitabh Bachchan and producers linked to the world's highest paid actors such as Salman Khan, Ranbeer Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Zenji has also be chosen to be the spokesperson for a major UN-backed charity linked to Swamy Dayanand Saraswati -- personal guru to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and father of the Hindu-Jewish dialogue who personally worked with the Rabbinate of Israel on key areas of India-Israeli Cooperation.
Named after the iconic Indo-Japanese saint Bodhidharma (Zenji) and Indo-Japanese Saint Bodhisena (Nio of Todaiji) who helped establish Buddhism as the Official religion of Japan at the world's biggest Buddhist temple), Zenji Nio is the only Acharya (Highest Teacher) to to have taught Buddhism in every Buddhist nation to every Buddhist community in the world with a special emphasis on Japan's holiest sites of Kamakura, Kyoto, Nagano, Tokyo, Osaka and Nara where many of the most iconic temples were built by the Samurai. Furthermore, Zenji is the only non-Japanese person to launch a Samurai Museum and Temple in Tokyo which teaches Buddhism as practiced by famous Samurai warriors including Tokugawa, Hideyoshi, Shingen, Honda, Musashi et all. Zenji is also the only North American to have been honored by the Samurai Clans of Japan and his office is in the most sought after area of Japan that was very important to Sempo Sugihara -- as per a long tradition where the greatest ever Samurai warriors were also ordained as Buddhist priests, lived in Buddhist temples, and were avid patrons of Buddhism. Similarly, Zenji's office in Canada is on Bay Street in Toronto and he has been chosen by the Govt of Canada to represent Buddhism at many major forums.
As a supporter of the Jewish community and an heir to the Nalanda tragedy -- the worst genocide in history.
A truly poignant moment was when Zenji became the first priest in a 1000 years to teach the Mahayana texts in the ruins of Nalanda -- the bastion of Indian civilization and Ground Zero for the Buddhist-Hindu holocaust -- documented by Will Durant as the "worst genocide in history". It is in the ruins of Nalanda that Zenji realized that the best way to honor those who perished in the Indian genocide, as well as serve the Samurai spirit of Honor and Compassion, is to fight against bigotry and hatred in all forms -- the most severe of which is Jew-hatred. Furthermore, Zenji was further incited to take action after visiting Jerusalem and Anne Frank's home in Amsterdam as well as witnessing anti-Semitism at the Olympics and experiencing attacks by White supremacists online which shows that the same people who target the Jewish community also promote hatred in other ways as well. Zenji's close ties to the Jewish community also inspired him to reach out to his network and found this Sempo Center -- the world's first non-Jewish organization for Holocaust Remembrance and against Jew-hatred and Anti-Semitism. Zenji also organized and led the 1st ever Multifaith Commemoration of the Holocaust with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center. For more information on Zenji's ties to the Jewish community and the formation of the Sempo Center, click here.
For more information on the Sempo Center: www.SempoCenter.com
For more information in general: Indo-Japan Samurai Center at www.SamuraiCenter.org