Even within Triratna it may be some that not all of us are familiar with Dr Ambedkar - and if are, we may most likely associate him with his role as a statesman and social reformer. But towards the end of his life Dr Ambedkar converted to Buddhism and with him hundreds of thousands of other people. As a result of his conversion there are now millions of new Buddhists in India. His conversion was the start of...
At Adhisthana, on the second half of our men’s Order Convention, Sanghadhara Interviews two Dharmacharis who have traveled from India along with 65 other Indian Order Members. We hear some of their experience and highlights from this event.
Ratnashri from Mumbai and Vijaya from Nagpur talk to Dassini about their perspectives on the IC; being outside of India for the first time, and being inspired by the example of Dr Ambedkar to see learning and developing skills as having no age limit.
Vijaya shares her top 3 highlights from the meeting, the first being an approach to conflict resolution that builds confidence and supports individuals to see their own shortcomings in the light of the Buddha’s kindness.
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.
As we move toward the 60th anniversary of Dr Ambedkar’s conversion, we hear news of a documentary film about the curious and inspiring story of the Hungarian gypsies who were inspired to start Dr Ambedkar High School, to help young Roma/gypsies to a better life.
Due for international launch and screenings later this year, ‘Angry Buddha’ is the work of Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ludwig. Giving a picture of life in a Hungarian gypsy community, it tells the story of Janós...
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.
To celebrate the 125 Jayanti (birthday) of Dr B. R. Ambedkar and the incredible achievements of his life, the Sydney Buddhist Centre’s Young Triratna group and a number of committed members of the Sydney Order (many of whom were recently ordained in India) hosted a special evening of reflection and celebration of this remarkable man.
This short video gives some of the many highlights of an evening rejoicing in the man who, among his many achievements, helped re-establishe Buddhism in the country of...