First Triratna News story for 2012 comes from India, where Sam Rawlings writes with news of Subhuti and NNBY - India’s ‘National Network of Buddhist Youth’. He says - “Subhuti is currently in the middle of 400 young Buddhists at our National Network of Buddhist Youth Convention 2012 here at Bordharan Retreat Centre in Maharashtra. They’re gathering for their 6th consecutive year to study, fraternize, and organise themselves facing global challenges of the new century under the auspices of the NNBY. In his current lecture series, Subhuti is considering the concepts of evolution - lower and higher - as inspiration behind the development of the Dhammakranti: the Dhamma Revolution in India.
Actually, we’ve been here a month, spending the first 10 days with the Ordination Preparation Team in Nagpur, and leading study and giving public talks around the city, after which Subhuti led the ten-day Order retreat, also here at Bordharan, focusing on Sangharakshita’s system of meditation amidst 8 days of silence.
Following the Order retreat there was a retreat for Artists, the first of its kind in India. Painters, dramatists, musicians. and ‘appreciators’ all gathered, inspired by Dr. Ambedkar’s vision of the New Society. They travelled from all corners of India to engage in the ground breaking endeavour. Participants included the internationally acclaimed artist Savi Savarkar.
Hot on the heels of the success of the Artists’ Retreat, came the arrival of some 400 young Indian Buddhists and the NNBY convention - where we are now!”
The embedded video shows Subhuti speaking to an assembly of hundreds of Buddhists gathered at Triratna’s South Nagpur Centre on the eve of the 55th anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar’s passing. To commemorate the occasion Subhuti evokes him, his life and legacy, as well as exploring what greatness truly is - calling upon the teaching of the ‘the Dhamma Niyama’ to do so. If the video is not shown you can access it directly here.