A strong set of short talks as befits the title to start us off on day two of the 2016 Triratna International Council.
Parami introduces Akuppa challenging us to examine our responses to the possible realities of climate change; Viveka, asking us with great feeling to be curious about the possibilities for diversity amid the realities of deep-seated conditioning around racial bias; and Yashosagar inviting us to embrace the Buddha’s vision of the Dhamma as an adequate response to...
Today was devoted to looking at our relationship with a suffering world and how we might meet its needs as a community.
The morning saw short but heartfelt talks from • Akuppa (UK), on climate change and the effect it is already having, including its relationship to refugee crises; • Viveka (North America), on moving towards greater ethnic diversity in Triratna; • Yashosagar (India), on combatting poverty and discrimination, looking at the teachings of Dr Ambedkar.
Over on Triratna News, you can find details of an international conference in celebration of Dr Ambedkar’s conversion 60 years ago, to be held at Triratna’s Nagaloka Buddhist Centre in India, 11th-14th October 2016.
The conference is being organised in partnership with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists and sees Order members including Subhuti speaking alongside Buddhist women and men of many traditions.
October this year sees the 60th anniversary of the first mass conversion to Buddhism of people then known as ‘Untouchables’, in Nagpur, India, which took place on 14th October 1956, led by Dr BR Ambedkar.
By Windhorse Publi... on Mon, 11 Apr, 2016 - 14:44
The 14 April 2016 is the 125th anniversary of the birth of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, commemorated as a public holiday in India, and by festivals in the Buddhist community there. We’re choosing to celebrate the anniversary of his birth by giving away four paperback copies of The Buddha on Wall Street, in a Goodreads Giveaway.
*UPDATE*: Mokshapriya indicates that an answer by the 21st would be feasible if Valentines day is too soon for you to make plans! :)
Young Buddhists actively involved with your Centres, are you interested in a trip to India with other international young Buddhists?
On 14th October 2016 Buddhist India will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism and the immediate conversions of hundreds of thousands of his followers. The greatest of those celebrations will be held at...
How many mitras do you know? If you are reading this in India, the answer is probably, A lot!
There are around 10,000 mitras in India (where they are known as dhammamitras), including a staggering 850 women who have asked for ordination. With numbers like this, the Indian Mitra Convenors have their work cut out. This year, so far, they have organised three large mitra conventions.
By Munisha on Mon, 9 Feb, 2015 - 16:36Keval Shah is a 28 year-old Gujarati living in a Triratna community in London and working at the Karuna Trust.
For the UN official World Interfaith Harmony Week last week, he features on the WIHWblog. It’s a lovely account of Keval’s inspiration for his work and its roots in Buddhism, casteism and the work of Dr Ambedkar.
By Dayamudra on Sun, 30 Nov, 2014 - 14:56“I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” - Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar
Dalit girls and women, those from the lower caste communities, traditionally called “untouchable”, are the most vulnerable of all people in India. These are our students, fellow teachers and our friends at Jai Bhim International, inspired by the social activist and Chief Architect of the Indian constitution, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. Females in this...
By Dayamudra on Sat, 29 Nov, 2014 - 14:2610 years ago on Christmas day my house burned down, while I was on a Buddhist meditation retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains. Across the world, the same week, a tsunami destroyed villages on the coast of Chennai, southeast India, leaving whole communities homeless, jobless, displaced. Back in San Francisco, lying on Amy and Megan’s couch, feeling sorry for myself on New Year’s eve, faces of newly-orphaned children flickered across a tiny screen. That night I felt grateful for warm...