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The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb (Talk two)

Fri, 7 Oct, 2016 - 10:56

The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb (Talk two)

Fri, 7 Oct, 2016 - 10:56

Continuing his series on Sangharakshita’s eight main contributions to Triratna, Suvajra explores Spiritual Friendship and the Individual.

He highlights similar views and aspirations that Babasaheb had for his followers when embracing the Buddha Dhamma, using anecdotes and observations from his many years spent in India.

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The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb (Talk three)

Fri, 7 Oct, 2016 - 17:57

The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb (Talk three)

Fri, 7 Oct, 2016 - 17:57

In the third, but not the final. talk of this series, Suvajra looks at Right Livelihood and Art in the Spiritual Life. 

Again, the similarities between Sangharakshita and Dr. Ambedkar’s thinking on these two special contributions to Triratna culture is explored.

This is not the final talk because Suvajra intends to complete the series on October 14th when the Adhisthana community and friends will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism....

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Inspired by Ambedkar - Sangharakshita's perpective

Sun, 20 Mar, 2016 - 17:20

Vajratara presents the work of Dr Ambedkar from a new angle - looking at how he inspired Sangharakshitas life and work.

There is an alchemy that happens when the inspiration of the Buddha, Dr Ambedkar and Sangharakshita come together.

Dr Ambedkar showed how change can be achieved by spiritual means. He demonstrated how the Dhamma can be force for the transformation of society, inspiring Sangharakshita’s own Dharma Revolution in the West.

More than his work, Dr Ambedkar’s energy and strong feeling, and the emotions of his followers,...

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The Significance of Dr Ambedkar In the West

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

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

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

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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'Ambedkar' movie by Jabbar Patel

Mon, 4 Apr, 2016 - 17:37

'Ambedkar' movie by Jabbar Patel

Mon, 4 Apr, 2016 - 17:37

Here is a link to ‘Ambedkar’ by Jabbar Patel. It’s the story of his life, struggles, and ultimate conversion to Buddhism - and winner of three India National Awards (Best Actor, Best Art Direction, and Best English language film).

Movie download site Zinemaya describes it thus - “this is one of the finest historical films made in Independent India. This movie takes place between the years 1901 to 1956, a period of great social upheavals and revolutionary movements around...

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Radical Buddhism, Changing the Myth of Society - Dh Vajratara

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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A Buddhist Revolution

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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