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Dr Ambedkar's Mass Conversion to Buddhism, 1956: Jnanasuri's Story

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 14 Oct, 2020 - 12:48

Dr Ambedkar's Mass Conversion to Buddhism, 1956: Jnanasuri's Story

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 14 Oct, 2020 - 12:48

14th October marks the anniversary of the mass conversions into Buddhism led by Dr Ambedkar - a day when hundreds of thousands of ‘untouchable’ people were liberated from the oppression of the Hindu caste system as well as being a significant moment in the revival of Buddhism in India.

In this video Dhammacharini Jnanasuri shares her moving story about being at Dr Ambedkar’s mass conversion to Buddhism in 1956 and how she found her way to the Triratna Buddhist community.

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College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

21 women's ordinations in India December 2017

By Saccanama on Fri, 22 Dec, 2017 - 09:01

21 women's ordinations in India December 2017

By Saccanama on Fri, 22 Dec, 2017 - 09:01

Dear friends

We are very happy to announce that on Sunday 17 December 2017 the following 21 women had their public ordination at Saddhamma Pradeep retreat centre Bhaja.

This is the largest number of Dhammacharinis to be ordained at one time in India.


Private Preceptor Karunamaya:

1) Sunanda Popatkar, Nagpur
becomes Shraddhakirti
Name meaning: She...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Jnanasuri and Karunamaya talk about their work in India

By Saccanama on Sun, 13 Nov, 2016 - 11:45

Jnanasuri and Karunamaya (who supports Jnanasuri) talk about their work helping over 800 women in India to prepare for ordination. They mention the  possibility of developing a women’s retreat centre and also some of the difficulties they face in their work.

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Four women ordained at Bhaja in India

By Saccanama on Fri, 1 Apr, 2016 - 09:48

Four women ordained at Bhaja in India

By Saccanama on Fri, 1 Apr, 2016 - 09:48

Women’s Ordinations at Bhaja Retreat Centre India

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The following women were ordained in the context of an intensive meditation retreat at Saddhamma Pradeep Retreat Centre, Bhaja, Maharashtra, India.

Sangeeta Kamale becomes Sriarya
Meaning: ”she who is pure, excellent, noble”

Pratibha Katare becomes Amoghamani
Meaning: “she...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Women's Ordinations in India August 2015 - a little late!

By Saccanama on Tue, 24 Nov, 2015 - 15:03

Women's Ordinations in India August 2015 - a little late!

By Saccanama on Tue, 24 Nov, 2015 - 15:03

Better late than never, we’re happy to announce that at the public ordination held on 30 August, 2015 at Ven. Hsuen Tsang Retreat Centre, Bor-Dharan Maharashtra, India, the following women were ordained:

Private Preceptor Vijaya:

Anita Thool (South West Nagpur) becomes Amritanandi
Asha Nakhale (North Nagpur) becomes Shwetchitta
Shila Walke (North Nagpur) becomes Shubhrachitta ...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Jnanasuri, Chandrashil and Yashosagar reflect on their time at Adhisthana

By Saccanama on Wed, 18 Nov, 2015 - 15:41

Jnanasuri, Chandrashil and Yashosagar reflect on their time at Adhisthana at the Preceptors’ College meeting and their plans after they leave.

Triratna News
Triratna News

Jnanasuri's eye-witness account of Dr Ambedkar's conversion

By Munisha on Wed, 14 Oct, 2015 - 11:21

Jnanasuri's eye-witness account of Dr Ambedkar's conversion

By Munisha on Wed, 14 Oct, 2015 - 11:21

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...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Some pictures from day 3 (and a bit of sad news about the talks)

By Candradasa on Wed, 27 Feb, 2013 - 18:08

Some pictures from day 3 (and a bit of sad news about the talks)

By Candradasa on Wed, 27 Feb, 2013 - 18:08
Alas, alas… The organisers had arranged for someone to record audio and video of all the talks that are going on here each day, but they cancelled the day before the Convention! With iPhones and camcorders we are attempting to capture as much as we can, and the first two days went well in that regard. Unfortunately though, it’s now got very hot (well, for westerners!) and the many fans in the marquee are...