The below wikipedia entry was in fact cancelled. This is posted as a separate post as I am preparing a larger post, hence readers can refer to this piece of info separately in an easier reading flow.
The content is not the main focus of my intended next discussion post; however if you take the time to review them, you may find some eager and controversial claims like ‘treating cancer’. Some links are no longer valid, but that is not important.
In brief, the focus is that the editor of this wikipost knew much details about Archarya Zen and his projects. I shall elaborate and expand my discussion in the next post. Readers could take the time to do a preview of this and assess too.
[Original source credit: wikipedia.org]
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Acharya Zen is one of the only Buddhist Brahmins from the West whose distinguished lineage authored most of the important Buddhist and Hindu scriptures over the centuries. He uniquely combines Eastern spirituality with Western Motivational Speaking and is the creator of the international epic ‘Karma: The New Revolution’.  Filmed all over the world, the epic will explore all aspects of Karma and Redemption from the often quoted axiom of “what goes around comes around” to the role of Karma in various newsworthy events like the apology of Tiger Woods and the death of Michael Jackson . It will also feature powerful real-life stories of Westerners using the principles of Karma or Karma Yoga to overcome serious challenges like adult and pediatric cancer, heart-attacks, health-care, the credit crunch, and crime . Acharya Zen is also reviving the legacy of the Buddhist Brahmins who were the original leaders of the major Buddhist traditions from Theravada and Mahayana to Vajrayana and Zen. 
 Reviving the legacy of Buddhist Brahmins
Acharya Zen is one of the Prime Architects behind the revival of the original Buddhist philosophies of India that have been praised by many Western scholars from Bertrand Russell and H.G. Wells to Arnold Toynbee and Arthur Schopenhauer among others. Bertrand Russell is reported to have said “Of all the great religions of the world, I prefer Buddhism — especially in its earliest forms” and Carl Jung has stated “As a student of comparative religions, I believe that Buddhism is the most perfect one the world has even seen. The philosophy of the theory of evolution and the law of karma were far superior to any other creed”.  H. G. Wells is also known to have said that “Buddhism has done more for the advance of true culture and world civilization than any other in the chronicles of mankind.  Similarly Arnold Toynbee has stated that “The Coming of Buddhism to the West well may prove to be the most important event of the 20th century”  and Max Muller declared “The Buddha’s moral code is the most perfect which the world has ever known”.
In this context, Peter Masefield wrote, “The canonical texts show the early Buddhists seeking their sustenance mostly from Brahmin families, and the dhamma-cakkhu (the insight into the Four Truths) that led to liberation was given almost exclusively to men of Brahmin descent.” Acharya Zen upholds the belief that “The Shrestha Buddhist Brahmins were not so much a part of the “caste system” as we know it but instead comprised the most iconic Buddhist visionaries who authored, preserved and maintained the most significant Buddhist texts over the millennia. In fact the Buddha described the Buddhist Brahmins as the embodiment of spiritual wisdom and dedicated an entire chapter to them called ‘Brahmana-Varga’ in The Dharmapadas. Since then, the Brahmins served as the pillars of the Dharma from Padma Sambhava who brought Vajrayana to Tibet to Bodhi Dharma who founded Zen Buddhism and Kung Fu; from the Buddha’s closest disciple Sariputra to Shantideva — the author of The Way of the Bodhisattva; from Mahayana founders Nagarjuna and Asvaghosa to Theravada‘s top commentator Buddhaghosa; from the legendary gurus Mahakashyapa and Mahakatyayana to Kumarajiva — the most revered ambassador of Buddhism in China and Nagasena of Milindapanha fame; from Shanta Rakshita — the Kashmiri Pandit and abbot of Nalanda University to Manjushri — the spiritual mentor to Buddhism’s greatest patron King Ashoka… the list goes on. History therefore upholds the contribution of Brahmins to Buddhism as truly peerless.” Acharya Zen further clarifies, “Even in the Vedas the title of Shrestha Brahmin was not conferred merely on the basis of one’s birth but more importantly on the basis of one’s conduct and mastery over ‘apara gyan’ or lower knowledge represented by texts and rituals; ‘para gyan’ or higher knowledge based on ‘sarvodaya’ or universal altruism and real-life experience gained through living the Dharma and ‘tatwa gyan’ or inspired knowledge based on ‘bhashyas’ or spiritual commentaries and ‘brahmodyas’ or spiritual debates. Therefore a non-Brahmin could join this elite group of Brahmins if he were to master the demanding Brahmacharya lifestyle”.
 Karma: The New Revolution
Karma: The New Revolution is an international epic by Acharya Zen which details all the main aspects of Karma tailored for a western audience. It also highlights the role Karma has played in current news events from the arrests of O.J. Simpson and Roman Polanski to the travails of young Hollywood celebrities and the perils of self-indulgence in violation of the laws of Karma.. The film will also throw light on the Buddhist approach to Karma and Redemption that were also referred to in the apology of Tiger Woods. Acharya Zen was quoted by various news agencies as stating that “Karma and Redemption go hand in hand and in Verse 173 of The Dhammapadas, the Buddha states that ‘a person who makes amends for his mistakes can light up the world like the moon merging from the clouds’. This suggests that Tiger Woods can redeem himself by following the Buddha‘s last words ‘Appo Deepo Bhava’ or ‘Be a lamp unto yourself'”.. The film will also take a respectful look at the lessons one can learn from the life and death of Michael Jackson.
 Eastern and Western Philosophies
In addition to “an unprecedented plethora of Buddha’s teachings on Karma tailored for a Western audience”, the film will also feature other venerated Eastern philosophies from The Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Yogananda Paramhamsa and Swami Vivekananda. Furthermore, it will also include the scholarly views of some of the greatest Western philosophers including Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Bertrand Russell, Mark Twain, Carl Sagan, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Voltaire, Max Muller, Plato, H.G. Wells and such icons to explain the Scientific basis of Karma and the justification of the axiom of “what goes around comes around”. . The film will also explain the role of Karma in Christianity and from a Judeo-Christian perspective due to the strong interest from Christians.
 International Locations
The film Karma: The New Revolution has been filmed in 12 countries around the world including the US, Japan, France, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Hungary.  The exotic locales range from the Louvre Museum of Paris and the Asakusa Temple of Tokyo to the Sal Forests where the Buddha taught in India and the beaches where Gandhi dreamed of changing the world. A special sequence will also be filmed inside the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris. 
 Karma Marga in the Fight Against Cancer and Heart-Attacks
The film will also feature powerful real-life testimonials of people who have used Karma Marga and Dharmic philosophies to overcome serious adversity from heart-attacks to pediatric cancer. . It will also show how everyday people have used an understanding of the principles of Karma to overcome the challenges of health-care and the recession as well as victims of abusive and unhappy childhoods. . The film will also explain various explanations as to why bad things happen to good people and how one can overcome serious setbacks in one’s life.
 Release Dates
The Release dates for the film and the original soundtrack will be announced soon.
 Noteworthy Quotes
Acharya Zen upholds the belief that “The Shrestha Buddhist Brahmins were not so much a part of the “caste system” as we know it but instead comprised the most iconic Buddhist visionaries who authored, preserved and maintained the most significant Buddhist texts over the millennia. In fact the Buddha described the Buddhist Brahmins as the embodiment of spiritual wisdom and dedicated an entire chapter to them called ‘Brahmana-Varga’ in The Dharmapadas. Since then, the Brahmins served as the pillars of the Dharma from Padma Sambhava who brought Vajrayana to Tibet to Bodhi Dharma who founded Zen Buddhism and Kung Fu; from the Buddha’s closest disciple Sariputra to Shantideva — the author of The Way of the Bodhisattva; from Mahayana founders Nagarjuna and Asvaghosa to Theravada‘s top commentator Buddhaghosa; from the legendary gurus Mahakashyapa and Mahakatyayana to Kumarajiva — the most revered ambassador of Buddhism in China and Nagasena of Milindapanha fame; from Shanta Rakshita — the Kashmiri Pandit and abbot of Nalanda University to Manjushri — the spiritual mentor to Buddhism’s greatest patron King Ashoka… the list goes on. History therefore upholds the contribution of Brahmins to Buddhism as truly peerless.” Acharya Zen further clarifies, “Even in the Vedas the title of Shrestha Brahmin was not conferred merely on the basis of one’s birth but more importantly on the basis of one’s conduct and mastery over ‘apara gyan’ or lower knowledge represented by texts and rituals; ‘para gyan’ or higher knowledge based on ‘sarvodaya’ or universal altruism and real-life experience gained through living the Dharma and ‘tatwa gyan’ or inspired knowledge based on ‘bhashyas’ or spiritual commentaries and ‘brahmodyas’ or spiritual debates. Therefore a non-Brahmin could join this elite group of Brahmins if he were to master the demanding Brahmacharya lifestyle”.
Explaining the Buddhist concept of Karma and Redemption, Acharya Zen elaborates, “One of the most powerful stories of redemption in any religion is the inspirational saga of Angulimala who overcame a life full of depravity to become one of the Buddha’s best-known disciples. In fact his lesson is highlighted in Verse 173 of the Dhammapadas where the Buddha states that ‘a person who makes amends for the wrong he has done can light up the world like the moon merging from the clouds.’ This suggests that Tiger Woods has a real opportunity to become an even bigger inspiration by proving that a true role model is not one who never makes mistakes; but one who always makes amends.”
Addressing the strong interest from the Christian Community, Acharya Zen stated “although the film features an unprecedented plethora of Buddhist philosophies tailored for a Western audience, we received a great deal of interest from Christians eager to know more about Karma from a Christian perspective. I’m not sure as to whether Brit Hume‘s comments triggered this reaction but we will now be including a new sequence filmed inside the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris to highlight the role of Karma in Christianity and many will be surprised by what we reveal.” 
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Below added and updated May/June 2019, as Nebulia digs deeper and earlier:
Buddhist Superhero Epic to Inspire During Recession
by Ashin Mettacara, Newsnow.co.uk, March 5, 2009
London, UK — As the world reels from some of the worst economic conditions
in recent history, people are dealing with serious depression on all fronts.
At a time like this the Buddha’s teachings on persistence, endurance and
compassion are all the more relevant for people of all faiths
who are increasingly seeking comfort through spirituality.
For this reason, Canadian Buddhist Zen Duke has brought together talented artists
from all over the world and all faiths including all Buddhist sects from Nichiren
and Zen to Western and even Chinese. They are now on the verge of completing an
ambitious global epic that will promote inspirational Buddhist teachings and
philosophies to a mainstream English speaking audience like no other film before it.
Engaging the concept of Upaya or “skillful means”, the film merges together
2 all-time classics “Robin Hood” and Shantideva’s “Way Of The Bodhisattva” and uses
such Hollywood elements as rare and trademark martial arts, soulful romance
and razor-sharp wit to promote the Dharma in a cool and sleek way to a global English
speaking audience. Set in present-day America, the epic brings east and west together by
filming in renown locations of the US, Canada, England, France, Japan, Switzerland,
Hungary, Thailand, Singapore and India on an ambitious global scale rarely seen outside
the Hollywood studio system.
As Zen Duke states “this is quite possibly the first English film that directly promotes so many Buddhist
concepts from Bodhisattvas to Dharmapalas along with powerful teachings of Lord Buddha in a manner
that can inspire and empower all audiences. It is also the first English film to pay homage to
Bodhi Dharma — venerated across Asia as the founder of Zen Buddhism and Kung Fu as well as the first to
use never-before-filmed martial arts to promote Buddhist principles the way the Shaolin monks and
Japanese Samurai use to“.
Zen Duke himself fell in love with the Dharma when he was in India meeting with
Bodhisattva and Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa and serving as a social worker poor
children with disabilities and child victims of HIV, drug abuse and prostitution.
They taught him to always smile through life’s obstacles and often disarm them with a
good sense of humor which explains the witty tone of the film.
Furthermore, while visiting the place where Lord Buddha gained enlightenment
in Bodh Gaya, Zen felt profound emotion and realized he had found his life’s calling and
began to study the Dharma with a passion. During his time in India, he also referenced
other aspects of Indian culture that influenced the sutras from the culture of the
Kshatriya warriors who were the original Buddhist teachers to aspects of the Gita and
Ramayana and other Hindu scriptures that first defined certain terms that subsequently
found their way into Buddhism.
In fact Randy Murton, News Editor of Canada’s biggest media giant
Rogers City TV has referred to Zen Duke as “the next Deepak Chopra — the West’s brand
new ambassador for Indian spirituality”.
Upon returning to the West, Zen used the Buddha’s teachings to overcome unfathomable
adversity in his own personal life and has since become a charismatic Buddhist
motivational speaker who makes the Dharma exciting and applicable to our day to day
lives in a whole new manner that today’s generation can relate to and be inspired by.
However what truly surprised Zen was the realization that many aspects of the Dharma
have been misrepresented in the West and so he is determined to promote the true
Buddha Dharma of the incomparable Shakaymuni and is writing a book to clarify and
correct the clichéd myths that have become associated with certain aspects of Buddhism
especially in America.
The film is completely non-political and is meant for both Buddhist and non-Buddhist
audiences as it uses the popular superhero genre to both entertain and empower all
demographics with an inspirational message during these challenging times.
In fact not only has Zen used these same Buddhist credos to dwarf insurmountable odds
in his own life but he has also used them to help his cast-mates deal with severe
problems in their personal and family lives from battling cancer to recovering from near
The theme of the film is synonymous with the famous words of Bodhi Dharma —
represented by Daruma dolls across Japan. His mantra Nana Korobi Yaoki in Japanese
means “If you fall down 7 times, Get up 8”. Indeed a lesson that can inspire and
empower audiences of all faiths during the present recession when Buddha’s teachings
are all the more relevant.
Nebulia: it tells of a unique conversion story of a layman Zen Duke to Buddhism dharma, inspired by a famous and venerable
Catholic nun. The uniqueness is that Zen Duke fell in love with the Buddhist Dharma influenced by Mother Teresa,
instead of having developed an interest in Catholicism Christianity.
If Ashin Mettacara were a third party, this story could not have been invented by the writer out of thin air, there had to be
the original source person who delivered that news piece, again with unique grammar applications as Nebulia pointed out before.
Regardless, the point is, if someone wishes to counter and refute the above brief dharma biography of Zen Duke,
the person is to refute Ashin Mettacara or the originator source, not this blog.
This blog is to post this piece of data, from which the accord gravitates that “Zenji Nio (Zen Duke) was NOT a boy monk.”
—– The above wiki “Acharya Zen” biography version just one year later at 2010, contrasts
this 2009 version very much.