India Dhamma Trust:

The Significance of Dr Ambedkar In the West

On Thu, 15 September, 2016 - 16:34
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Speaking during a festival day held to celebrate the life of Dr Ambedkar, Subhuti speaks about what significance Dr Ambedkar has outside India.

The main thrust of the talk is a list of three reasons why someone might convert to Buddhism, enumerated by Dr Ambedkar but applied to our situation in the West. Perhaps the most important is Dr Ambedkar’s insights into the need for society to be grounded in Ethics that are ‘sacred and universal,’ obviously he felt the Dhamma was the best expression of that.

The final section of the talk covers the importance of being engaged in wider society. Subhuti encourages us to engage with the democratic process and make the Buddhist voice; calling for awareness and ethicality be heard.

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