Temple Collection to celebrate Japan's cultural heritage of Yamato.
Discussing the Temple Museum with Prof from University of Tokyo
Upholding Japanese Buddhism
As Nio's exhibit "Enlightenment" was praised by the Minister of Citizenship of Canada, Consul-Generals of India and Japan as well as the Lt. Governor and Head of Royal Ontario Museum, the Yamato Temple will also house important artifacts including ancient stupas relating to King Ashoka and Prince Shotoku, a 12th century Lotus Sutra, relics from Kawahara - the first Buddhist temple of Japan and original manuscripts attributed to saints Shinran, Nichiren, Hakuin, Sengai, Sesshu, Ikkyu, Takuan, Musashi and Xuansang. There will also be an homage to Shotoku and Daruma-san - the 2 most popular Buddhist leaders that are beloved by Japanese of all traditions and backgrounds as well as greatly admired by world historians.
As the Japanese have best preserved the Mahayana Buddhist tradition of India's golden age and played a key role in re-claiming Buddhism during independence, the Museum will also carry some of the oldest stupas and Buddhist archaeology in history. The Museum will thus be a celebration of Indo-Japanese friendship and a way to thank the Japanese for building stupas across India and re-introducing the Lotus Sutra into the land of its advent. The Japanese are also building a garden in India in honor of Bodhidharma as both nations continue to nourish their great spiritual bond.