Today we celebrate Dr Ambedkar publicly converting Buddhism and formally Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels of Buddhism with hundreds of thousands of his followers. Join us this evening (UK) with the LBC, and on Monday evening (UK) with Manchester Buddhist Centre.
Lokamitra, who moved to India in the 1970s, to help spread the Dhamma, is giving a talk right now! If you can’t tune in, catch up later.
Dr Ambedkar’s life was far from easy. He had to struggle with discrimination, poverty and disappointment. Yet, in the heart of his struggle arose the profound desire to help alleviate the sufferings of all beings. He spent the rest of his life honouring that vow. Vajratara, Chair of India Dhamma Trust, will be exploring what were the conditions for Dr Ambedkar to make that vow, and how we can learn from his example.
Dr Ambedkar would have been 129 today. You might be wondering how we are celebrating in India? Online of course, so you can join in! Did you know we have a Tiratna India Youtube page? This page has been live-streaming talks, celebrations and songs to 5000 people! Rumour has it that Subhuti will appear there at 3.30 this afternoon…
We have a new Mitra study module on Dr Ambedkar! Check it out in Year 3, Module 8.
About half the total Triratna Buddhist Community (friends and mitras) and a third of the Triratna Buddhist Order is in India. There is much that is shared throughout the whole Movement, including our basic teachings and practices, but one noticeable difference is the emphasis on Dr Ambedkar. At every class and on every retreat in India you will find on the...
A very moving film of Bhante in India. Despite the constant attention and long train rides, he looks so delighted to see the Indian Buddhists. Let us continue his work in India in his memory with the India Dhamma Trust.
I hope the time will come when all Buddhists will consider themselves to be just Buddhists. We don’t want to be Hinayana or Mahayana Buddhists. We don’t want to be Indian or English Buddhists. We don’t want to be
Dr. Ambedkar was a great social reformer in India who converted to Buddhism with hundreds of thousands of his followers, in order to help them escape the crushing oppression of caste.
Given as part of Buddhist Action Month in 2018, in this talk Jnanadhara explores the life and legacy of Dr. Ambedkar, and especially what Buddhists in the West can learn from the peaceful revolution that Dr. Ambedkar instigated in India.
Talk given in the Dublin Buddhist Centre on Friday 15th June 2018.
Jnanasuri talks about being in Nagpur in 1956 when Dr Ambedkar embraced Buddhism along with 400,000 of his followers. At the age of 13 she and her family took part in that momentous event that changed her life, and the lives of all who took part, forever. In Marathi with English translation by Bharati, extracted from a longer interview which took place at the Dr Ambedkar retreat at Adhisthana.
We recently ran a retreat at Adhisthana with a team of Indian Order Members introducing Ambedkar. Vajratara interviewed our fine panel of Indian Sangha - the highlight of which is Jnanasuri recounting her experiences of Ambedkar embracing Buddhism with 400,000 followers in 1956. She was there aged 13! Later in the retreat we recited the Refuges and Precepts after Jnanasuri, who had recited them after Dr Ambedkar himself. It was a very moving moment.
I am writing a new mitra study module introducing Dr Ambedkar to Westerners and exploring his influence on Sangharakshita and Triratna. I am planning to launch it on the Dhamma Revolution Retreat at Adhisthana 17-19 November, with the help of the Indian Public Preceptors. If you are going on Convention or Pilgrimage to India next year, or if you are interested in doing this module, come to that weekend! It’s a great opportunity to hear about Ambedkar and Triratna...
‘After my contact with Dr Ambedkar and his followers I became much more aware of the social dimension of Buddhism and, in fact, the social dimension of life itself’
Dr Ambedkar is, in Sangharakshita’s terminology, one of the greatest Buddhists of the 20th century and a profound influence on Sangharakshita’s life and thought. Deeply committed to the uplift of the most marginalised communities in India, Dr Ambedkar saw the Dhamma as a means of individual and social transformation. This...