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Dr Ambedkar and his followers embrace Buddhism - a personal perspective

Posted by vajratara on Fri, 8 Dec, 2017 - 22:27

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.

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Introduction to Ambedkar

Posted by vajratara on Fri, 8 Dec, 2017 - 22:25

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.

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Chanting Indian Style (with Flute Music)

Posted by Carunalaka on Wed, 5 Oct, 2016 - 17:34

Here’s a live recording from the original ‘Dharmachakra Tapes’ catalogue, with some wonderful chanting done India style!

It includes the Refuges and Precepts ‘Indian style’ so you can brush up on them before the next puja!

And as an extra treat, you can also hear some of Chandrabodhi’s ethereal flute songs. Lie back, close your eyes, and let the music in…

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The Significance of Dr Ambedkar In the West

Posted by Carunalaka on Thu, 15 Sep, 2016 - 16:34

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...

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Dr Ambedkar and the Dhamma Revolution

Posted by Carunalaka on Thu, 15 Sep, 2016 - 16:31

A talk by Subhuti on the work of the great Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, who dedicated his life to the welfare of his people. Subhuti’s general theme is ‘absorbing influences’, and no one is a more enduring influence on popular contemporary Buddhism in the East than the subject of this talk. Dr. Ambedkar embraced the Buddha’s Dhamma as an integral part of his efforts to emancipate the Dalit (ex-Untouchable) community from the shackles of caste oppression. His efforts are increasingly celebrated both in...

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The Buddha, Dr Ambedkar and Sangharaksita

Posted by Carunalaka on Thu, 15 Sep, 2016 - 16:26

Subhuti introduces the Buddha, Dr Ambedkar and Sangharakshita and relevance of their teaching, while in Budapest,Hungary.

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Celebrating 125th Birthday of Dr Ambedkar

Posted by vajratara on Thu, 21 Apr, 2016 - 20:29

I recently gave talks at Cardiff, Bristol and Nottingham to celebrate Dr Ambedkar’s 125th Birthday.  The talks were quite similar, so I have only uploaded the last one.  Do listen for a taste of our Indian Sangha and of the life of Ambedkar.  Thank you to my hosts and to all those who came to listen!

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Chanting Indian Style (with Flute Music) by Dhammachari Chandrabodhi

Posted by Carunalaka on Sun, 20 Mar, 2016 - 17:39

Here’s a live recording from the original ‘Dharmachakra Tapes’ catalogue, with some wonderful chanting done India style!

These recordings include: Refuges and Precepts, Tiratnavandana, Jayamangalagata, Dhammapalam Gatha and several more.

And as an extra treat, you can also hear some of Chandrabodhi’s ethereal flute songs. Close your eyes, and let the music in…..

Original recording from the Dharmachakra Archives

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A Buddhist Revolution

Posted by Carunalaka on Sun, 20 Mar, 2016 - 17:32

In the second of a series of talks about Dr Ambedkar and his relevance to Western Buddhists, Dhammacharini Vajratara uses the example of Dr Ambedkar and the Indian Buddhists to show how Buddhism is revolutionary.

Do we need a revolution? If we do, what kind of revolution do we need? Vajratara argues that the real revolution is a revolution of mind, and it is the revolution of mind that creates a revolution in society. This is something Dr Ambedkar saw, and he...

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Radical Buddhism, Changing the Myth of Society - Dh Vajratara

Posted by Carunalaka on Sun, 20 Mar, 2016 - 17:28

The first of a series of talks about Dr Ambedkar and his relevance to Western Buddhists. In a culture of unprecedented freedom, Dhammacharini Vajratara asks how we choose which path to follow?  This was the question facing Dr Ambedkar who had a burning issue to solve - untouchability.

Vajratara introduces Dr Ambedkar by showing his methods of solving this problem, and how he came to realise more than political, economic or social action was needed. She also explains how he came to choose...

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