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Dr Ambedkar: making the Bodhisattva vow in Adverse Conditions

By vajratara on Fri, 24 Apr, 2020 - 15:26

Dr Ambedkar: making the Bodhisattva vow in Adverse Conditions

By vajratara on Fri, 24 Apr, 2020 - 15:26

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.

The talk will be live streamed on the...

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

New Mitra Study Module on Dr Ambedkar!

By vajratara on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 11:47

New Mitra Study Module on Dr Ambedkar!

By vajratara on Thu, 22 Nov, 2018 - 11:47

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...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

New Mitra Study Module and Retreat on Dr Ambedkar

By vajratara on Tue, 1 Aug, 2017 - 11:38

New Mitra Study Module and Retreat on Dr Ambedkar

By vajratara 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...

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

Dhamma Revolution Retreat at Adhisthana 17-19 November

By vajratara on Tue, 1 Aug, 2017 - 11:22

Dhamma Revolution Retreat at Adhisthana 17-19 November

By vajratara on Tue, 1 Aug, 2017 - 11:22

‘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...

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

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

By Dhammavijaya on Thu, 26 Jan, 2017 - 11:33

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

By Dhammavijaya 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,...

Buddhist Action Month 2015
Buddhist Action Month 2015

BBC Radio 4 covers Dalit revolution

By Munisha on Fri, 15 May, 2015 - 00:46

BBC Radio 4 covers Dalit revolution

By Munisha on Fri, 15 May, 2015 - 00:46

BBC Radio 4’s new series ‘India in 50 lives’ kicked off on Monday with a 15-minute programme about the Buddha and his influence on today’s Dalits (formerly known as Untouchables). Briefly we hear the voice of Dr Ambedkar.

Triratna News
Triratna News

A Dhamma revolutionary wedding in India

By Munisha on Wed, 19 Mar, 2014 - 00:20

A Dhamma revolutionary wedding in India

By Munisha on Wed, 19 Mar, 2014 - 00:20Shakyajata writes: “Dr B.R. Ambedkar, the great leader of the ‘outcaste’ (or ‘Dalit’) people of India, recommended in many of his writings a very specific way to put an end to the ‘hell of caste’ from which so many people still suffer in modern India. This ‘infallible’ method, he said, was exogamy: inter-caste marriage.

On 13th February, a Triratna marriage took place in India which was inter-cultural, even inter-racial, as well as inter-caste.

Tarun and Daya had...
Triratna Young Buddhists
Triratna Young Buddhists

Buddha & The Future of His Religion

By vajratara on Sat, 15 Mar, 2014 - 14:26

Buddha & The Future of His Religion

By vajratara on Sat, 15 Mar, 2014 - 14:26Do you want the Dharma to bring about change for good in society? There are still places left on this retreat where we will look at the key teachings of both Sangharakshita and Dr Ambedkar as important Buddhists who have significant things to say about bringing Buddhism to the modern world. Both of them chose Buddhism as the most relevant and helpful religion for the modern age. As Dr Ambedkar says ‘to spread Buddhism is to serve mankind.’

If...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Ambedkar Day celebrated across Triratna Buddhist Community

By lokabandhu on Sat, 13 Oct, 2012 - 06:05

Ambedkar Day celebrated across Triratna Buddhist Community

By lokabandhu on Sat, 13 Oct, 2012 - 06:05We bring this week’s stories of India to a close with news of some of the celebrations planned, past and present, around the Triratna Buddhist Community in honour of tomorrow’s ‘Ambedkar Day’ - anniversary of the October 14th 1956 conversion of Dr. Ambedkar to Buddhism.

In Sheffield they’re planning an Ambedkar Day on Saturday 27 October featuring talks, practice, food and a film; in London Priyadaka and Manjusiha are co-leading a day retreat at the...
Triratna News
Triratna News

Dharmachari Amitayus and the gift of the Dharma

By Andrea@Karuna on Fri, 12 Oct, 2012 - 06:05

Dharmachari Amitayus and the gift of the Dharma

By Andrea@Karuna on Fri, 12 Oct, 2012 - 06:05We continue our ‘India week’ on Triratna News with a profile of Amitayus, a young Indian Order Member living and working in Amaravati, a busy city in Maharastra, central India. He’s one of over 450 Order Members in India.

Like many others, Amitayus’ grandfather’s job was ‘untouchable’ work, to carry dead animals away from the village. His grandparents often had no food except the flesh of rotting animals. With no land of their own, they were forced...

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