The India Dhamma Trust helps support Dharmacharinis, including Abhayadana, who devote themselves to helping the Dhamma transform the lives of people in India. She is over in the UK at the moment: she attended the International Council meeting and is now on retreat at Tiratanaloka. Hear about her work with women in India.
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?
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 third of three talks looking at the inspiration and influence of Dr Ambedkar in the life of members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. Kusaladevi was ordained this year and works for the Karuna Trust, helping fund social projects that work with the most disadvantaged in India. Karuna used to fund the ordination teams in India, but a few years ago felt a new charity was needed specifically for Dhamma and ordination training, furthering the peaceful Dhamma revolution and transforming the lives of...
The second of three talks looking at the inspiration and influence of Dr Ambedkar in the life of members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. Jnanasuri was the first Indian woman Ordained in India. She gives snapshots from her life as a Dhammacharini, saying how Dr Ambedkar inspires her life and work. A very moving talk, she got a standing ovation at the end! She is supported in her Dhamma work by the India Dhamma Trust, so do listen to her talk, it...
The first of three talks looking at the inspiration and influence of Dr Ambedkar in the life of members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. Vajratara introduces the inspiration Dr Ambedkar had on the life and work of Sangharakshita, and also says a little about why she chose to work for the India Dhamma Trust.
The Indian Public Preceptors continue their tour with the IDT. In this clip they visit the house of Dr Ambedkar where he lived from 1921 - 1922. Dr Ambedkar has a great significance for not only Indians, freeing many people from the horrors of caste discrimination, but also for Buddhists all over the world. The India Dhamma Trust supports the Indian Order Members to spread his positive message in India and beyond. We believe this will impact both Indian...
Carunalaka from the India Dhamma Trust is on tour with Jnanasuri, Amoghasiddhi and Yashosagar. First stop Sheffield, where Jnanasuri compared tattoos with Steph from the women’s community! The India Dhamma Trust raises money to support the Indian Ordination teams for their vital work all over India - bringing the dignity, strength and love of the Dhamma to transform people’s lives in communities blighted by discrimination and poverty.