This talk celebrates the life and work of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.
Vijayasri explores Dr Ambedkar's childhood as a member of the "untouchable" caste in India, his rise to political power, his growing belief that the Dalit people would never be able to escape the caste system by remaining part of the Hindu religion and his conversion to Buddhism. We look at the effect of the mass conversion of Dalits to Buddhism on the lives of this community.
Vijayasri also explores Dr Ambedkar's belief that it is the duty of Buddhists to spread the Dharma through their own society and relates this to our experience as western Buddhists.
This talk was given at the Croydon Buddhist Centre in 2016 as part of our regular Saturday morning sangha class.