Vaddhaka and Vajratara will be running this retreat next year at Adhisthana. It is a really good opportunity to get to grips with the teaching of Dr Ambedkar and his relevance to the modern world and why supporting the Indian Ordination process is of relevance not just to Indian Buddhism, but to world Buddhism and modern global society! The Indian Order have something unique to offer the world.
The Buddha said the world was “on fire” – burning with greed, hatred, and delusion. What have today’s Buddhists got to say about the state of the modern world, or about the contribution Buddhism can make to improving it? Vaddhaka (whose book on Buddhism and Capitalism - The Buddha On Wall Street - is due to be published by Windhorse in the spring of 2015) will present and compare the ideas of some contemporary Buddhist thinkers, such as Sangharakshita, David Loy, and Bhikkhu Bodhi. Vajratara will explore the life and work of Dr Ambedkar and show how important and relevant his ideas are, not just in their Indian context, but to Buddhists everywhere. Together we will examine how we might put the ideas of these Buddhist thinkers into action.