Nagaloka, Triratna’s principal training centre in India, has for nearly ten years now been welcoming ‘batches’ of young men and women from all over India for year-long intensive programs in Buddhism and social work - many of whom have now returned home to begin Dhamma work in their home states.
Since 2009 the campus, on the outskirts of the city of Nagpur in Maharastra, has been dominated by a beautiful giant 36-feet-high bronze ‘Walking Buddha’ statue: situated on a small hill and visible for many miles around, it has not surprisingly become centre stage of attraction for Nagaloka’s many visitors. It was sculpted as a gift to Nagaloka by the renowned Taiwanese artist Wen Kwei, who has created Buddhas in Taiwan, Korea, China, Indonesia and other countries. Wen Kwei is visiting Nagpur from 2nd to 4th January 2014 and the students and staff of Nagaloka have taken the opportunity to organise a program of ‘Civic Felicitation’ in his honour on 3rd January.
The Walking Buddha image was seen by Dr Ambedkar as personifying the expression of compassionate activity for the benefit of all - a very important aspect of the Buddhist revival in India.