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Ambedkar Jayanti! Support Karuna's Emergency Appeal

By Padmadaka on Tue, 14 Apr, 2020 - 03:14

Ambedkar Jayanti! Support Karuna's Emergency Appeal

By Padmadaka on Tue, 14 Apr, 2020 - 03:14

Sanghanath has been connected with Karuna throughout his life. When he was a child he benefited from a Karuna project in his village in India and now he works for the Karuna fundraising team here in the UK

Today is “Ambedkar Jayanti” and, like many people across India and the rest of the world, Sanghanath will be celebrating Dr Ambedkar’s legacy today from home. Ambedkar not only gave India its constitution but he also did so much for the liberation of women,...

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The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times

Celebrating Dr. Ambedkar's Birthday Online!

By Centre Team on Tue, 14 Apr, 2020 - 00:02

Celebrating Dr. Ambedkar's Birthday Online!

By Centre Team on Tue, 14 Apr, 2020 - 00:02

To celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Doctor B. R. Ambedkar, one of the great Buddhist leaders of modern times and the radical father of the Indian Constitution, a personal tribute from Sanghanath at the Karuna Trust about his enduring legacy as a champion of social justice for all humans. 

Doctor Ambedkar’s relevance in India to the fight against caste prejudice is stronger than ever, especially amongst the former so-called “untouchable” Dalit peoples now converted to Buddhism to escape...

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Global Community India! (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 15)

By Centre Team on Mon, 13 Apr, 2020 - 19:46

This week we are celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Doctor B. R. Ambedkar, one of the great Buddhist leaders of modern times and the radical father of the Indian Constitution. Today’s episode of the Toolkit Daily focusses on what it means to be a global community and explores Dr. Ambedkar’s vision of common humanity based around the evolution of just societies.

Our guests, Arun Bodh and Dayamudra, are from Jai Bhim International and Lokuttara Leadership...

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The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times

Buddhism and Inequality: An Opportunity to Respond to Need in India

By kusaladevi on Wed, 8 Apr, 2020 - 11:30

For the home retreat, we have been reflecting on material from Vajragupta around Sailing the Worldly Winds. As Vajragupta said in one of his introductory talks, the worldly winds can blow both individually, within us, but also within society and the world. 

We have an opportunity when ‘Sailing the Worldly Winds’ to remember that they are not personal - they don’t only blow through us, but they blow all over the world and in some places and some cases they...

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The Community Toolkit for Uncertain Times

Covid Emergency in India: A Home Retreat Appeal (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 10)

By Candradasa on Sat, 4 Apr, 2020 - 00:12

I confess, when I sat down to record this podcast yesterday I somehow didn’t expect it to have the impact it did. I’d seen all the news stories, shaken my head, wondered at how human beings can meet such complex, painful realities as what’s unfolding in India right now. But here they were - my friends - talking about what I can do about it. What you can do too. 

We’re spending a week - in whatever ways we can manage...

Triratna International Council
Triratna International Council

Buddhist Voices: Abhayadana - Giving the Gift of Fearlessness to Women in India

By Candradasa on Mon, 9 Sep, 2019 - 13:01

A great conversation with the quietly brilliant Abhayadana about her Buddhist work and practice in India. Her name means ‘Giver of Fearlessness’ - and this is something she has dedicated her life to, helping support and free women in her community from the stigma of social caste and the violence that often goes with it.

We hear about her personal approach via meditation and reflection on the Buddhist figure of Kshitigarbha (Jizo) who descends into hell realms to liberate suffering beings. And...

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Free Buddhist Audio

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.

Subscribe to the Dharmabytes podcast...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Karuna Contribute to Report about Links between Caste and Poverty

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 8 Apr, 2019 - 15:54

Karuna Contribute to Report about Links between Caste and Poverty

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 8 Apr, 2019 - 15:54

Karuna has contributed to a new report just launched by a group of NGOs. The report has found that caste and other forms of “discrimination based on work and descent” (DWD) continues to be a barrier to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the UN in 2015. This form of discrimination occurs in at least 20 countries and is often associated with slavery.

Karuna was established in 1980 by members...

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Community Highlights

Working At Karuna: Kusaladevi's Story

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 8 Feb, 2019 - 14:10

Working At Karuna: Kusaladevi's Story

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 8 Feb, 2019 - 14:10

Karuna exists to end caste-based discrimination, poverty and inequality in India and Nepal. Kusaladevi writes about her experience working for Karuna: ”It’s hard to summarise my time working at Karuna. It was such a significant part of my life for around 8 years, coinciding with my ordination process and it feels hard to separate the two out. I feel so fortunate to have worked for a charity that combined my interest in International Development with the Dharma.

I never ever would have...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Kerala Floods - Relief and Rehabilitation

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 4 Sep, 2018 - 16:59

Kerala Floods - Relief and Rehabilitation

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 4 Sep, 2018 - 16:59

Kerala is suffering its worst floods for 100 years. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced and are living in over 1,000 relief camps set up in the State. There have been a number of deaths and many serious injuries. Many are missing. The numbers are rising all the time. But even in such disaster, ugly face of untouchability rises and Dalits are discriminated during relief, as reported by India Today on July 24th, 2018. It happened earlier in Gujarat Earthquake; even the Tsunami...

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