Nagaloka News

ONE DAY RETREAT PROGRAM

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Dhammachari Pragyaratna and Mr. Sushant Patra visited Kosmanda village located in Champa district of Chattisgarh on June 6th and 7th, 2015 to encourage the local alumni in their the Dhamma practice and activities.
The first day of field visit was dedicated to getting to know status of alumni and discussed about the following day program schedule. Seven alumni from the nearby areas organised a one day retreat. Around 40 people participated in the programme which includes alumni, alumni relatives, youth, local leaders and community people. Dhammachari Pragyaratna delivered speech on Dr. Ambedkar life and his work against caste discrimination, non-violence and Dhamma. Mr. Sushant explained importance of Dhamma in day to day life, and contribution of Nagarjuna Institution in social transformation. The team also meet some youth and their families. They brief them on the progress of alumni contributions, Dhammasekiya course, graduation programme in Nagarjuna Institute and also bring to his/her notice about the benefits of training in Nagaloka. These interactions with the youth and community people are critical in garnering support from society. During this, the team also met the four alumni families. It was amazing to see that these alumni and their families are strongly following the path of Dhamma.
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REGIONAL ALUMNI CONFERENCES 2014-15

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, June 15th, 2015

Alumni and order members gathered from all over the country for five-six days regional conferences on “Personal Ethics and the Transformation of Society”. The aim of the conference was to bring together alumni from different states of India, to motivate and inspire them in the practice of Buddhism. This year four regional alumni conferences were organised in Chhatisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Haryana in the month of February and March, 2015. The conferences covered a wide range of topic that includes issues on Sangha, Ethics, Loving- Kindness, Social Values and Social Transformation.

Speaking at conference in Uttar Pradesh the Chairperson Dhammachari Lokamitra said that coming together is extremely important by quoting Buddha from Mahaparinibbansutta. He also compared the situation of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh in terms of Buddhism and encouraged them to practice more and more effectively. Dhammachari Vivekratna imparted personal ethical aspiration and vision of social transformation based on moral practice. He elaborated Kalamsutta and Sigalwadsutta. Dhammachari Upayaraja emphasized on principal of ethics and expressed his concern on practice of ethics.

During the conference, participants discussed issues related with development and dissemination of Buddhist teachings across the country. This allowed alumni to explore the principles of equality and fraternity, and share their spiritual life experiences. Also there were many discussions on strengthening the future regional collaboration. The participants gave good feedback at the end of the conferences.

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WORKSHOP ON MINDFULNESS BASED ADDICTION AND ALCOHOLIC RECOVERY

Posted in: Meetings and Events on Saturday, June 13th, 2015

From 5th – 12th January, 2015, Nagaloka hosted a workshop entitled ‘Mindfulness Based Addiction and Alcoholic recovery (MBAAR)’ designed by Dr.Paramabandhu Groves – in collaboration with Dhammacharini Vimala. The workshop was led by Dhammacharini Vimalsara from Canada. The 24 participants included 20 NTI alumni. The purpose of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for alumni to reflect on the issue of alcohol and addiction in their lives and in their communities, to understand mindfulness and loving kindness meditation, and to introduce the eight steps recovery programme from alcohol and addiction. The session includes teaching related to addiction, Eight Step Recovery Meetings with students, and recovery group meetings with local people from nearby. The facilitators also presented the three minutes breathing space, and the vicious cycle game to overcome addiction.

Alcohol and addiction are problems found all over India. NTI alumni face these problems in their own field areas and localities, and are often challenged by them. Through this workshop alumni were introduced to the concept of addiction, and the skills to overcome it. During the evening meetings, participants were given a chance to speak and express their own experiences or the incidents they have encountered with alcoholism and addiction. Certificates of participation were distributed among participants at the end of the workshop.
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WORKSHOP ON MINDFULNESS BASED ADDICTION AND ALCOHOLIC RECOVERY

Posted in: Uncategorized on Saturday, June 13th, 2015

From 5th – 12th January, 2015, Nagaloka hosted a workshop entitled ‘Mindfulness Based Addiction and Alcoholic recovery (MBAAR)’ designed by Dr.Paramabandhu Groves – in collaboration with Dhammacharini Vimala. The workshop was led by Dhammacharini Vimalsara from Canada. The 24 participants included 20 NTI alumni. The purpose of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for alumni to reflect on the issue of alcohol and addiction in their lives and in their communities, to understand mindfulness and loving kindness meditation, and to  introduce the eight steps recovery programme from alcohol and addiction. The session includes teaching related to addiction, Eight Step Recovery Meetings with students, and recovery group meetings with local people from nearby. The facilitators also presented the three minutes breathing space, and the vicious cycle game to overcome addiction.

Alcohol and addiction are problems found all over India. NTI alumni face these problems in their own field areas and localities, and are often challenged by them. Through this workshop alumni were introduced to the concept of addiction, and the skills to overcome it. During the evening meetings, participants were given a chance to speak and express their own experiences or the incidents  they have encountered with alcoholism and addiction. Certificates of participation were distributed among participants at the end of the workshop.

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