Karuna is growing and is looking to diversify our Board of Trustees.
Karuna exists to end caste-based discrimination, poverty and inequality in South Asia. Our work focuses on education, dignified livelihoods and gender equality, transforming communities and changing society.
Since the outbreak of covid, we have supported 350,000 people – enabling them and their families to survive the trials of this pandemic. We are looking for new trustees who are able to dedicate time, energy and skills to help us grow and steer the charity.
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.
I am writing to you in a very critical and uncertain time, and I know that a number of you are concerned about our Sangha in India. India too is on lockdown, and people’s conditions are very different from ours: food is hard to come by and expensive, many people don’t have homes or sanitation. There is mass migration with migrant workers returning to their home villages. If people do have homes, they often live with many family members sharing a...
14 October commemorates the day in 1956 when 400 000 people embraced Buddhism in India, leaving behind social injustice and entering into a Buddhist path of practice. The man behind this momentous occasion was the great social reformer Dr Ambedkar. Having tried social and political action to remove inequality in society, he believed that the Buddhist path itself was the key to a powerful and peaceful social revolution.
Amoghasiddhi, one of our most senior Order Members from India, and Vajratara from...
Happy Dhamma Day everyone! A day to celebrate the gift of the Dhamma we have been given, and to enable others to benefit from the same gift.
‘Go now and wander for the welfare and happiness of happiness of many, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit, welfare and happiness of gods and humans. Teach the Dhamma that is beautiful in the beginning, beautiful in the middle and beautiful in the end, with the meaning and the letter.
In Nagpur, 17 young women are participating in a course that Karunamaya is running especially for younger women. They come not only from Maharashtra, but also from Agra, Chhattisgarh, and Bihar, and are aged between 19 and 35. Among other course activities, the women have produced and performed four plays, based on Bhante’s ideas about the individual, the group and the spiritual community. They have also visited the Diksha Bhumi where Dr Ambedkar and his followers converted to Buddhism on...