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BAM Talk - Dr. Ambedkar & the Dhamma Revolution in the West

Posted by Vajrashura to Dublin Buddhist Centre on Mon, 18 Jun, 2018 - 21:37

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....

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Dr Ambedkar and his followers embrace Buddhism - a personal perspective

Posted by vajratara to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Fri, 8 Dec, 2017 - 22:27

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.

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Introduction to Ambedkar

Posted by vajratara to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Fri, 8 Dec, 2017 - 22:25

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.

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New Mitra Study Module and Retreat on Dr Ambedkar

Posted by vajratara to Community Highlights on Tue, 1 Aug, 2017 - 11:38

New Mitra Study Module and Retreat on Dr Ambedkar

Posted by vajratara to Community Highlights on Tue, 1 Aug, 2017 - 11:38

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...

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Dhamma Revolution Retreat at Adhisthana 17-19 November

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Dhamma Revolution Retreat at Adhisthana 17-19 November

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‘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...

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Dr Ambedkar and Buddhism - Conference in West London - Sunday May 7th 2017

Posted by Dhammavijaya to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Thu, 26 Jan, 2017 - 11:33

Dr Ambedkar and Buddhism - Conference in West London - Sunday May 7th 2017

Posted by Dhammavijaya to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Thu, 26 Jan, 2017 - 11:33

This conference will explore why Dr Ambedkar embraced Buddhism and why he encouraged his followers to do the same. We will look at how Buddhism is practised in India now, and how it has changed the lives of many of its followers. We will ask how Dr Ambedkar’s understanding of Buddhism can influence Buddhist practice all over the world, and we will examine what the future holds for Buddhism in India.

As followers of Dr Ambedkar living in Europe, your attendance, input,...

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Interview with Bhante on Ambedkar

Posted by Carunalaka to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Fri, 7 Oct, 2016 - 23:10

Interview with Bhante on Ambedkar

Posted by Carunalaka to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Fri, 7 Oct, 2016 - 23:10

Maitriveer Nagarjuna interviews Bhante about his meetings with Dr. Ambedkar. In this rare and precious footage, Sangharakshita also talks about how he felt compelled to go to Nagpur on the night that Babaseb died, just seven weeks after he’d converted to Buddhism. That night, on the back of a cycle rickshaw, Bhante gave the first of hundreds of talks encouraging Dr. Ambedkar’s loyal followers to keep his legacy alive.

This is a twenty five minute extract from a longer interview that was conducted in...

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The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb (Talk three)

Posted by Carunalaka to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Fri, 7 Oct, 2016 - 17:57

The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb (Talk three)

Posted by Carunalaka to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Fri, 7 Oct, 2016 - 17:57

In the third, but not the final. talk of this series, Suvajra looks at Right Livelihood and Art in the Spiritual Life. 

Again, the similarities between Sangharakshita and Dr. Ambedkar’s thinking on these two special contributions to Triratna culture is explored.

This is not the final talk because Suvajra intends to complete the series on October 14th when the Adhisthana community and friends will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism....

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The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb (Talk two)

Posted by Carunalaka to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Fri, 7 Oct, 2016 - 10:56

The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb (Talk two)

Posted by Carunalaka to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Fri, 7 Oct, 2016 - 10:56

Continuing his series on Sangharakshita’s eight main contributions to Triratna, Suvajra explores Spiritual Friendship and the Individual.

He highlights similar views and aspirations that Babasaheb had for his followers when embracing the Buddha Dhamma, using anecdotes and observations from his many years spent in India.

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The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb (Talk one, part two)

Posted by Carunalaka to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Thu, 6 Oct, 2016 - 14:22

The Buddha, Bhante and Babasaheb (Talk one, part two)

Posted by Carunalaka to India Dhamma Trust: "At the heart of a... on Thu, 6 Oct, 2016 - 14:22

In part two of Suvajra’s first talk in a series about Sangharakshita’s eight special contributions to Triratna, he talks about the Twenty-four Nidana Chain and Higher Evolution.

These, he says, are unique to Bhante’s approach.

Suvajra also draws on the Buddha’s teaching and makes the link with Babasaheb’s approach to transcendence from suffering through faith and so on.

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