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India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a peaceful Dhamma Revolution"

Dr Ambedkar and His Importance For the Future of Buddhism

By Carunalaka on Sun, 20 Mar, 2016 - 17:24

Dhammacharini 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 Sangharakshita. Those on the retreat were asked to read Buddha and the Future of His Religion and Blueprint for a New world in preparation.

Singhamanas...

India Dhamma Trust:
India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a peaceful Dhamma Revolution"

Inspired by Ambedkar - Sangharakshita's perpective

By Carunalaka on Sun, 20 Mar, 2016 - 17:20

Vajratara presents the work of Dr Ambedkar from a new angle - looking at how he inspired Sangharakshitas life and work.

There is an alchemy that happens when the inspiration of the Buddha, Dr Ambedkar and Sangharakshita come together.

Dr Ambedkar showed how change can be achieved by spiritual means. He demonstrated how the Dhamma can be force for the transformation of society, inspiring Sangharakshita’s own Dharma Revolution in the West.

More than his work, Dr Ambedkar’s energy and strong feeling, and the emotions of his followers,...

India Dhamma Trust:
India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a peaceful Dhamma Revolution"

Dr Ambedkar for India and the World

By Carunalaka on Sun, 20 Mar, 2016 - 17:03

Dhammacharini Vajratara talks about the significance of Dr. Ambedkar, not only for India, but for Buddhists all around the world, and for society as a whole.

Given on the World on Fire retreat at Adhisthana in June 2015. 
 

Triratna Young Buddhists
Triratna Young Buddhists

A Trip To India? Let Us Know By Valentines Day!

By mokshapriya on Tue, 9 Feb, 2016 - 23:21

A Trip To India? Let Us Know By Valentines Day!

By mokshapriya on Tue, 9 Feb, 2016 - 23:21

*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...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Jnanasuri's eye-witness account of Dr Ambedkar's conversion

By Munisha on Wed, 14 Oct, 2015 - 11:21

Jnanasuri's eye-witness account of Dr Ambedkar's conversion

By Munisha on Wed, 14 Oct, 2015 - 11:21

On this day, 14th October 1956, Dr BR Ambedkar publicly converted to Buddhism, followed by hundreds of thousands of his followers, fellow members of India’s Scheduled Castes, escaping their oppression as what were formerly termed “Untouchable” people. Such mass conversions continue to this day.

As a little girl, Jnanasuri was there at the ceremony in Nagpur. Today she is the most senior Dhammacharini in India; one of Triratna’s two Indian female public preceptors, responsible for the training of the 850 Indian women currently...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Indian mitras gather in very large numbers indeed

By Munisha on Tue, 8 Sep, 2015 - 16:44

Indian mitras gather in very large numbers indeed

By Munisha on Tue, 8 Sep, 2015 - 16:44

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. 

Nagaketu writes: “The first took place at the Dikshabhumi in Nagpur (site of Dr Ambedkar’s...

Glasgow Buddhist Centre
Glasgow Buddhist Centre

Abhayavaca - Dr Ambedkar and the Dharma Revolution, Wednesday 8th July 7:30pm

By Billy on Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 - 15:54

Abhayavaca - Dr Ambedkar and the Dharma Revolution, Wednesday 8th July 7:30pm

By Billy on Mon, 6 Jul, 2015 - 15:54

Join us for our fourth Summertime Special this Wednesday at 7:30pm. We will begin with a meditation followed by a talk by Abhayavaca on Dr Ambedkar and the Dharma revolution. Don’t miss it!

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Suvajra's Seasonal - No 3, Winter: Meeting Dhardo Rimpoche

By Candradasa on Tue, 23 Jun, 2015 - 20:09

We’re making a virtue of the long gap since Suvajra’s autumn seasonal by switching to the southern hemisphere for our frame of reference! As colder weather settles over the realms of the south we hear about a Scotsman’s adventures in India…

This set of fascinating winter tales comes from the mid ’80s when Suvajra travels to the east to conduct his first ordinations on behalf of his teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita. There he encounters two important figures in the history of...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Karuna featured on World Interfaith Harmony Week blog

By Munisha on Mon, 9 Feb, 2015 - 16:36

Karuna featured on World Interfaith Harmony Week blog

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 WIHW blog. It’s a lovely account of Keval’s inspiration for his work and its roots in Buddhism, casteism and the work of Dr Ambedkar.

Read Keval’s short article.
Dame Maggie Smith invites you to ...
Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

#EthicalChristmas - How Caste Oppresses Women

By Dayamudra on Sun, 30 Nov, 2014 - 14:56

#EthicalChristmas - How Caste Oppresses Women

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...

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