Prabuddha Bharat - Enlightened India
We support the peaceful transformation of Indian society through learning based on the values of liberty, equality, and fraternity. These values are at the heart of Buddhist tradition, and the foundation principles of India’s greatest social activist, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar.
Who we are?
Nagaloka is a Buddhist training and conference centre located in Nagpur, India.
The 15-acre campus hosts a variety of programmes on a local, global, and international scale. It is home to the Nagarjuna Training Institute, which provides a residential training course for social activists.
Nagaloka is a major centre for Buddhist Revival in India today.
It is a pilgrimage site, where thousands come annually to see its famous Walking Buddha statue.
What do we do?
Casteism, the oppression of millions of people through a system of graded inequality, is the greatest problem confronting India today.
At Nagaloka, we have dedicated ourselves to realising the vision of a caste-free and discrimination-free India by spreading Dr. Ambedkar’s ideas, training activists in the fundamental teachings of Dr. Ambedkar and Buddhism, and supporting networks of social activists across the country.
The Nagarjuna Training Institute has had a profound impact on the students. Most feel transformed after only a few months of Dhamma practice. They develop confidence, are able to overcome unhelpful habits, cultivate skilful mental states, and realise they can do something with their lives, both for themselves and for society.
The 60 feet tall Walking Buddha statue is now a major pilgrimage site for the millions of Buddhists in India. This, along with our Dr. Ambedkar Statue situated in the middle of sprawling grounds, and our large meditation halls, provide a source of peace and inspiration to people across the world.
Hundreds of alumni have gone on to complete their postgraduate studies at prestigious institutions across India. Many are now engaged in social projects such as starting schools and hostels, raising awareness amongst minority communities of their rights, responding to atrocities, and sharing the Dhamma.
The campus is an active centre for intellectual and spiritual growth through the major international programmes held regularly, including annual conferences on topics exploring Engaged Buddhist practices, Dr. Ambedkar’s teachings and vision, caste relations, gender dynamics, and others.
Since Nagaloka’s beginning in 2002…
SOCIALLY ENGAGED ALUMNI
More than 1300 young people have benefited from its training programmes.
CASTES COMING TOGETHER
These youth represent more than forty castes, all of which face varying degrees of oppression.
STATES ACROSS INDIA
Students from all four corners of the country have attended these programmes.