The world's oldest Buddhist lineage registered with the Govt. of India
The Governor of West Bengal - the cultural capital and the last Buddhist empire of India congratulates Rev. Nio on his detailed research and initiatives on preserving the Mahayana lineage of India. Nio's temple trust has been registered as the oldest Buddhist lineage in the world by the Govt. of India and he is viewed as the "Custodian of the Buddha". In addition, Nio is the only expert in the world who can chant in Sanskrit from the key Buddhist texts including the Lotus Sutra from his own memory as his grandfather taught him that the Sutrayana lineage authored all major texts to ensure authenticity. The Buddha repeatedly says that we should "honor, uphold, recite, translate and venerate the Lotus sutra and let it be our guide to enlightenment and salvation". Nio is thus reviving the oldest Buddhist lineage by bringing back an emphasis on the Sutras or scriptures produced by his lineage as the foundation for all Buddhist sects. In addition, Nio perfected his meditation techniques in the same caves use by the Buddha and is privy to the original Avalokiteshvara prayer sessions of India that gave birth to the popular devotional tradition to Kannon in Japan and Kwan Yin in China. As the sutras say that Maitreya will also be born into Nio's lineage, he is working hard to revive the lineage in India and her closest ally Japan which best preserved the culture and heritage of India's Golden Age of Mahayana.
Lineage has always played the most important role in Buddhist history and Rev. Nio is the only contemporary Buddhist expert registered with the Govt. of India as the Head of the oldest Buddhist lineage in the world. His own family temples have been declared Heritage Sites of National Importance with the same signage found in Nalanda, Vulture Peak & all sites associated with the Buddha and the President awarded a gold medal to researchers who documented Nio's lineage. Nio's temple grounds were mentioned in the annals of Fa Hien & Huen Tsang and contained elements from the Maurya empire of Ashoka, 3rd century BCE. Their 6th century Kannon statue has been kept in the Indian Museum as a contemporary to Japan's most important statues of Kannon at the Shitennoji and Sensoji. Furthermore, documentation shows that the Pala Empire of Bengal had chosen Nio's ancestors to continue the Mahayana tradition before the Buddhist genoicide. Hence, Nio's temples have played a role throughout the Golden age of Buddhist civilization and his grandfather taught him the power of chanting mantras in Sanskrit. Rev Nio's lineage is based on Sutrayana which means an emphasis on scriptures as his lineage alone authored every major Buddhist gospel and were the founders of all Buddhist traditions.