Subhuti, a leading member of the Preceptors’ College, spends much of his time in India. His winter 2014/15 visit lasted 85 days, including 12 retreats, and covered over 3000 miles. It began at Bhaja, Maharashtra and concluded at the place of the Buddha’s Enlightenment.
Mokshapriya writes from India to announce the release of his documentary film, ‘Subhuti in India’, aimed particularly a Triratna audience outside India.
“Twice a year Subhuti leaves north Wales, UK, for India. His winter 2014/15 visit lasted 85 days, included 12 retreats and covered over 3,000 miles, from Bhaja in Maharashtra to Bodh Gaya, the place of the Buddha’s Enlightenment.
I asked Subhuti if I could follow him on one of his India tours to record, for the interest of our Order and Movement, how he spends half of each year.
Filmed at the Preceptors’ College meeting in November 2015, this is an interview in Hindi between Yashosagar and Amoghasiddhi, both members of the Triratna Preceptors’ College and closely involved with the work of Triratna in India. They talk specifically about their work to spread the Dhamma outside of Maharashtra and into the states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujerat, Kerala etc.
In one of a number of videos taken on the recent College meeting (November 2015), Yashosagar, the youngest member of the Preceptors’ College and one of the members of the Indian kula of public preceptors, introduces himself.
Karuna Trust helps some of India’s poorest people lift themselves out of poverty, including low-caste (Dalit and Tribal) people. This Triratna institution began in very grassroots fashion but was legally constituted as a charity in April 1980 - which means Karuna is officially 35 years old this year!
Karuna is largely funded by Triratna teams conducting door-to-door fundraising campaigns, mostly in Britain. In this latest NewsByte video from Clear Vision, we see another of their teams at work on a telephone fundraising campaign (5.5 minutes).
On this day, 14th October 1956, Dr BR Ambedkar publicly converted to Buddhism, followed by hundreds of thousands of his followers, fellow members of India’s Scheduled Castes, escaping their oppression as what were formerly termed “Untouchable” people. Such mass conversions continue to this day.
As a little girl, Jnanasuri was there at the ceremony in Nagpur. Today she is the most senior Dhammacharini in India; one of Triratna’s two Indian female public preceptors, responsible for the training of the 850 Indian women currently...