Thursday, April 15, 2010

119th Ambedkar Jayanti celebrated at London Buddhist Centre

Dharmashalin writes from the London Buddhist Centre with news of their celebrations marking the 119th Ambedkar Jayanti.  He says -

"The fourteenth of April is the birth date of the great Dhammic and Social revolutionary leader, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. All across India millions of people, hailing from the most downtrodden communities, will be celebrating his life and what he did for them.

"The most significant act of his life was his conversion to Buddhism, just 6 weeks before he died, it was through his Buddhism that he came into contact with Urgyen Sangharakshita. It is through this connection that the Indian Branch of our movement, with over 400 Order members and several thousand Mitras came into existence.

"On Sunday the 11th, Subhuti led an Ambedkar Day celebration at the LBC. Attended by many of our Indian brothers and sisters as well as members of the LBC Sangha, we celebrated Dr Ambedkar's life and his mission. This included personal talks from Indian's and Westerner's about his significance for them and a talk from Subhuti about how Dr Ambedkar's approach to the Dhamma is applicable in the West.

"It was an uplifting and inspiring day for all, if you'd like to know more check out the links below:

LBC Sangha members talking about their impressions of the day:
Dharmachari Amalabodhi telling us 'what Dr Ambedkar did for me':
Audio of Subhuti's talk 'Dr Ambedkar's significance for the West':
Video of Subhuti answering a question about the depth of practise amongst Indian Buddhists:
Video of the concluding Puja:
Ambedkar - the movie.  Download the definitive 3-hour film story of Ambedkar's life - with English soundtrack! .

If you'd like to know more about Dr Ambedkar and our work in India either read 'Ambedkar and Buddhism' by Sangharakshita or search under Ambedkar or India on

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