Celebrating the birth of a Buddhist Revolutionary: Dr Ambedkar
‘Who are the great world reformers? Vajratara presents the life and work of Dr Ambedkar, who transformed the lives of his followers in India who were oppressed by the caste system. He thought that the Buddhism had a part to play in social transformation, that transforming mind is transforming society. With this in mind, he embraced Buddhism in 1956, bringing millions of people with him. These conversions formed the basis of the vibrant and inspiring Triratna community in India. Vajratara gives a flavour of this community and the work of the India Dhamma Trust who supports Dhamma work in India, transforming hearts and minds and annihilating caste at its root.’
Life should be great rather than long – Ambedkar
Dr Ambedkar was one of the greatest modern Buddhist thinkers and social activists. He transformed millions of lives in India from degradation, slavery and injustice to dignity, hope and freedom. What is most remarkable is that he did this by spiritual means: his most controversial and revolutionary action being converting with his followers to Buddhism. His vision for the potential of Buddhism as creating a pure land, is not just for India, but also has an important message for all Buddhists worldwide.
Vajratara, a member of the Ordination Team at Tiratanaloka Retreat Centre, and Chair of the India Dhamma Trust, will introduce the message of Dr Ambedkar on the 125th anniversary of his birthday.