Jnanasuri talks about being in Nagpur in 1956 when Dr Ambedkar embraced Buddhism along with 400,000 of his followers. At the age of 13 she and her family took part in that momentous event that changed her life, and the lives of all who took part, forever. In Marathi with English translation by Bharati, extracted from a longer interview which took place at the Dr Ambedkar retreat at Adhisthana.
We recently ran a retreat at Adhisthana with a team of Indian Order Members introducing Ambedkar. Vajratara interviewed our fine panel of Indian Sangha - the highlight of which is Jnanasuri recounting her experiences of Ambedkar embracing Buddhism with 400,000 followers in 1956. She was there aged 13! Later in the retreat we recited the Refuges and Precepts after Jnanasuri, who had recited them after Dr Ambedkar himself. It was a very moving moment.
‘After my contact with Dr Ambedkar and his followers I became much more aware of the social dimension of Buddhism and, in fact, the social dimension of life itself’
Dr Ambedkar is, in Sangharakshita’s terminology, one of the greatest Buddhists of the 20th century and a profound influence on Sangharakshita’s life and thought. Deeply committed to the uplift of the most marginalised communities in India, Dr Ambedkar saw the Dhamma as a means of individual and social transformation. This...
Posted by Dhammavijaya on Fri, 28 Apr, 2017 - 20:14
To coincide with the International Conventions, the India Dhamma Trust is arranging a special pilgrimage for Order members and Mitras who wish to gain a living experience of the unity of Triratna.
From the heartlands of Ancient Buddhism, order members and mitras will follow itineraries that attend the Order or Mitra conventions at Bodh Gaya, and take in the traditional pilgrimage sites of Shravasti, Kusinara, Lumbini, Vaishali and Sarnath, before combining to travel to Nagpur to explore Triratna...
We have a new opportunity to support Dhamma work in India by joining the India Dhamma Trust team as a trustee treasurer. A third of our Order and roughly half of the Movement is in India with a fraction of the resources we have in the UK. There are an estimated 10 million people who have embraced Buddhism, but who need guidance from a committed Sangha on how to deepen their practice. Would you like to make a significant...
Posted by Dhammavijaya on Fri, 7 Apr, 2017 - 14:21
‘One Order, One Sangha’ is the vision informing the India Dhamma Trust. As celebrations of Triratna’s 50th anniversary continue, the mind turns to our Indian brothers and sisters. These images give a small window on all that is happening in India. We are celebrating 50 years of evidence that the spirit of Enlightenment has the power to unite and harmonise diverse cultures. May our celebrations...
Posted by Dhammavijaya on Tue, 14 Feb, 2017 - 15:36
Dear friends and supporters of the India Dhamma Trust
It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the Trust’s new Fundraising Coordinator.
I am taking over from Carunalaka, who has done sterling work in the promotion of the Trust, ensuring the level of support it currently enjoys. Hers are big shoes to fill!
Posted by Dhammavijaya on Thu, 26 Jan, 2017 - 11:33
This conference will explore why Dr Ambedkar embraced Buddhism and why he encouraged his followers to do the same. We will look at how Buddhism is practised in India now, and how it has changed the lives of many of its followers. We will ask how Dr Ambedkar’s understanding of Buddhism can influence Buddhist practice all over the world, and we will examine what the future holds for Buddhism in India.
As followers of Dr Ambedkar living in Europe, your attendance, input,...