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Dharmabyte: The Caste System In India

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 11 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is about The Caste System In India by Amoghasiddhi, a public preceptor in India, who shares about the influence of Dr. Ambedkar on his life and community.

Listen to the Yashosagar, another public preceptor, on this same occasion The Caste System In India.

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Dharmabyte: A Jumbo Indian Retreat

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 8 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte gives us a glimpse into a Triratna retreat in India. Entitled A Jumbo Indian Retreat this excerpt is from the talk My Life and Dr Ambedkar by Chandrabodhi.

Given at Sangha night, North London Buddhist Centre.

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FBA Podcast: The Lion's Roar Of Doctor Ambedkar

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 6 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Podcast this week is a rousing, uncompromisingly radical talk from Maitriveer-Nagarjuna entitled The Lion’s Roar Of Doctor Ambedkar (with translation in Hindi).

Taking up the theme of the Convention, the great “Lion’s Roar” of the Buddha, Maitriveer-Nagarjuna evokes the fire that drove Doctor Bhimrao Ambedkar to work tirelessly on behalf of the so-called Dalit “Untouchable” people in order to free them from the evils of the Hindu caste system. He reframes Doctor Ambedkar as a...

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Dharmabyte: Buddhist Revival in India

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 4 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Maitrivir-Nagarjuna gives us today’s FBA Dharmabyte: Buddhist Revival in India. This excellent talk was recorded for the San Francisco sangha’s celebration of the anniversary of the great mass conversion initiated by Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, the great leader of the Dalit community of Indian Buddhists. It is a pretty comprehensive overview of why Dr. Ambdekar converted to Buddhism, the significance of the anniversary itself, and Ambedkar’s vision of ‘prabuddha bharat’: Enlightened India, and, in fact,...

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Dharmabyte: Carrying the Torch of Ambedkar

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 1 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Our  FBA Dharmabyte today is a moving remembrance of Dr. Ambedkar.  Carrying the Torch of Dr. Ambedkar is excerpted from the talk Remembering Ambedkar by Sangharakshita. This highly evocative and moving account expounds the later years and death of a true Indian hero: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Dr. Ambedkar founded the Movement of mass conversions by ex-‘Untouchables’ (‘Dalits’) to Buddhism in order to escape the everyday oppressions and active persecutions they were subject to under the Hindu...

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FBA Podcast: Dr Ambedkar and His Importance For the Future of Buddhism

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 30 Mar, 2019 - 13:00

Our FBA Podcast this week is by Vajratara entitled Dr Ambedkar and His Importance For the Future of Buddhism. Vajratara argues that Dr Ambedkar is not just relevant for India or for the oppressed, but essential for modern Buddhism all over the world, challenging us to move beyond a comfortable Buddhism that fits neatly into modern consumer society.

The talk was given at a retreat at Rivendell for young people comparing the teachings of Dr Ambedkar and...

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Dharmabyte: Make a Difference - Women in India

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 28 Mar, 2019 - 13:00

Today’s FBA Dharmabyte, Make a Difference - Women in India, is excerpted from the talk Triratna Sangha In India and the Work of the India Dharma Trust by Tarahridaya.

This talk was given as part of Manchester Buddhist Centre’s celebration of Dr Ambedkar’s 60th anniversary of his conversion to Buddhism. She provides a personal recount of the transformative nature of the Dharma and the Triratna Buddhist movement witnessed in India.

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FBA Podcast: Dr Ambedkar and Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 23 Mar, 2019 - 13:00

In a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the mass conversion to Buddhism of Dr Ambedkar and thousands of his followers, Nagabodhi tells the story of Ambedkar and the role that Sangharakshita was to play in supporting the nascent Buddhist movement of ex-Untouchables.

This week’s FBA Podcast by Nagabodhi, Dr Ambedkar and Sangharakshita, was given at North London Buddhist Centre, 2016.

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Dharmabyte: Ambedkar - A True Hero

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 21 Mar, 2019 - 13:00

Ambedkar: A True Hero, is excerpted from the talk Radical Buddhism - Changing the Myth of Society by Vajratara about Dr Ambedkar and his relevance to the Western Buddhists.

In a culture of unprecedented freedom, 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...

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FBA Podcast: The Significance of Dr Ambedkar In the West

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 16 Mar, 2019 - 13:00

In this week’s FBA Podcast Subhuti offers The Significance of Dr Ambedkar In the West.

Speaking during a festival day in 2010 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...

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