Here’s the first episode of The Buddhist Centre Online’s new, occasional ‘audio magazine’, bringing you a selection of the highlights from across our community!
This episode includes an overview of the 2018 European Buddhist Union and Buddhist Teachers in Europe meetings, extracts from conversations with Mahasraddha, Director of the Abhayaratna Trust, and Vajratara, chair of the India Dhamma Trust as well as a brief introduction to Bodhipaksa’s latest book ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha!’
What we have is a very wonderful problem and the wonderful problem is that so many people are seeing the value of Buddhism in India and they are wanting to embrace Buddhism and the Buddhist path - and they are wanting to do that in their hundreds. But, of course, as we know, Buddhism is a path of practice. It requires careful study and training…it requires spiritual friendship. So who is going to meet these people?
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
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.
The India Dhamma Trust looks forward to welcoming you to their stall in the Adhisthana barn. They will be serving Indian Chai (to an authentic recipe) along with delicious Indian sweets.
All proceeds will go to our charitable trust’s support of Dhamma work in India, enabling many thousands of New Buddhists there to turn their Buddhist hopes into a lived reality. Come and visit us any afternoon of the gathering. You can also find out more about the India Dhamma...
We have a new opportunity to support Dhamma work in India by joining the India Dhamma Trust team as a trustee treasurer. A third of our Order and roughly half of the Movement is in India with a fraction of the resources we have in the UK. There are an estimated 10 million people who have embraced Buddhism, but who need guidance from a committed Sangha on how to deepen their practice. Would you like to make a significant...
Dear friends and supporters of the India Dhamma Trust
It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the Trust’s new Fundraising Coordinator.
I am taking over from Carunalaka, who has done sterling work in the promotion of the Trust, ensuring the level of support it currently enjoys. Hers are big shoes to fill!
Job Opportunity: Fundraising Co-ordinator for India Dhamma Trust.
Help be part of the revival of Buddhism in the land of its birth! The India Dhamma Trust is looking for a new fundraising Co-ordinator. The job involves raising awareness of the work of Triratna in India, as well as raising much needed funds.
As an aspect of fundraising and donor care, the work includes a diverse range of activities such as publicity work, visiting Centres and giving presentations and talking to people...