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Rev. Zenji Nio & Panam Buddhist Mission -
Standing for Dalits & Dignity of the Marginalized

Buddha commanded us to serve the marginalized and oppressed and therefore the Panam Buddhist Mission headed by Rev. Zenji Nio stands up for Dalits and Untouchables - the world's most victimized community...

Babasaheb Ambedkar is the greatest champion Dalits & Untouchables have ever had. He felt the only way to give back to Dalits a sense of their own self-esteem is to help them return to their original religion Buddhism. A great admirer of Babasaheb, Rev. Zenji Nio is the only India-connected Buddhist philanthropist to represent Buddhism at major events on the world stage, and was hailed by Times of India as "an eminent international thinker", by Hitavada as "a world-renowned authority in Buddhism who travels the world promoting peace -- when he speaks, the world listens" and by a United Nations report as "a major figure in the Buddhist world". Having lectured alongside 14 major university professors, 3 Royal families, 10 Cabinet Ministers, 8 Senior Diplomats, 5 Padma Bhushan & Padma Shri Award-winners and invited to meet with 4 Prime Ministers & 2 Nobel Laureates, Nio also became the only Westerner to be given the highest honour of speaking at Deekshabhumi in Nagpur -- before millions of Dalits (Bahujans) at the sacred spot where Babasaheb Ambedkar converted to Buddhism -- a seminal moment in the history of India and the cause of the Untouchables. Nio is also working with India and Asia's most acclaimed filmmaking talent on using the power of cinema to serve Ambedkar's legacy and more exciting details will be announced soon.

 

Further, Rev. Zenji Nio has also represented the World Buddhist Community at major forums and Official Govt. events in the US, Canada, Japan, India, Israel and worldwide -- and is unique in having lectured on Buddhism in every single Buddhist nation before every Buddhist demographic. Nio's lectures on Babasaheb Ambedkar at Nagpur University were called the "best lectures on the subject the university ever heard" by the esteemed faculty that presented him with a Special "Eminent Buddhist Thinker" Award. Nio was also the keynote speaker on Ambedkar at the Times of India Conclave with Harvard University and Ambedkar International Mission Conference.  Despite his busy schedule in Japan, Korea, Canada and the US, Nio personally interacts with Ambedkarites of all backgrounds -- thereby having his finger on the pulse of the movement. When Rohith Vemula died, Rev. Zenji Nio conducted a special prayer service for him with his grieving mother in Nagpur, and has personally met with the top Ambedkarite influencers  including Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, Minister Nitin Raut, and - Japanese priest Bhante Sasai.

Inspired by Ambedkar, Zenji Nio is also a fearless champion for human rights. In association with world-famous organizations linked to the great Nazi-Hunter Simon Wiesenthal, Nio organized and led landmark projects against Antisemitism - and was the first to involve an International Consortium of Multifaith leaders for the cause at both a National Conclave - as well as the 1st International Interfaith Commemoration of the Holocaust. Nio has also championed the marginalized -- and lent his support to the First Nations, Muslim & LGBTQ+ Communities as well as People with Disabilities (Zenji played a key role in getting Indian TV to broadcast the Paralympics which greatly boosted the confidence and success of Paralympic Athletes).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furthermore, Nio is now exploring various creative projects via art exhibits, stage performances and cinema to bring the plight of Dalits to mainstream awareness. While India's image is being dissected on the world stage,  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/opinion/twitter-india-caste-trolls.html. Unfortunately Hindutva troll armies and "trads" continue to attack and slander anyone who stands against the caste system, and advocates for the human rights and dignity of Dalits. Such extremists taunt Dalits for being poor -- and also mock and cyber-bully them to the point of their committing suicide. But Zenji Nio refuses to look the other way as he is inspired by such Lions among Men as Babasaheb Ambedkar and Simon Wiesenthal.  Every major newspaper in the world has been profiling the plight of Dalits -- and some caste supremacists are determined to slander anyone who challenges the 2000 year old social hierarchy. But Nio is blessed with the resources to stand up for the world's most oppressed peoples and face any online animus with a forgiving heart and a determined mind - as well as CEO styled vision and efficacy.

 

of caste oppression. 

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