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 Indian Dhammamitra convention 2016 has just finished at Dikshabhoomi (where the first mass conversions took place with Dr Amedkar), Nagpur. Around 700 Dhammamitras from all over India participated in a two day event where they explored the theme Dr. Ambedkar & Buddhism. What a gathering! Your support of the India Dhamma Trust made this possible.
I’m thinking about the upcoming Order Retreat in Bodhgaya, and it reminded me to post some of my thoughts from my visit to India last year.
It soon became evident that the Order retreat was powered by a band of brothers, some very good friends who had taken on organising the retreat. Watching their ease of working with each other, their laughter and joking, it reminded me of the team at Tiratanaloka and I was interested to hear their story.