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7TH ALUMNI MAIN CONFERENCE

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

The seventh conference of Nagaloka alumni took place on November 26th up to December 1st, 2015 at the Buddha Surya Vihar, Nagaloka, Nagpur. The conference brought together 116 alumni (37 females and 79 males) from 13 states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. The theme of the conference was “The Commonality of the Vision of Dr. Ambedkar and Urgyen Sangharakshita”. The event was officially opened by Dhammachari Lokamitra.

The conference began with the observation of Constitution Day as the constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26th November, 1949. Nagaloka Staffs, Alumni and trainees read out the preamble of constitution both in English and Hindi. Mr. Mangesh Dahiwale gave a speech on genesis and importance of constitution. Dhammachari Vivekratna shared the background of alumni conference. He opined the aim of the alumni conference has been to bring together or bind all the alumni in a harmonious way and form micro sangha where they will share their opinions, views and experiences. This is a platform created to build a strong relationship among the alumni and develop loving-kindness for each other.

Dhammachari Lokamitra conducted three hour session for the five days. During these five days, his session focused on socio-economic background of Dr. Ambedkar and Sangharakhita; commonality of western and eastern Buddhist; their thoughts and characteristics of an individual and groups; purification of mind; and importance of Sangha which he sees as microcosm of new society.

Other activities includes presentations by alumni sharing their social activities and experiences, career guidance session by Mr. Prashant Rokade (IAS) and Mr. Mangesh Dahiwale, presentation by Mr. Gauthama Prabhu on upcoming alumni projects, formation of alumni General Council of 31 members and Central Executive Council which include nine members. Jaidev and his team from Uttar Pradesh entertained the participants with cultural programme.

The event was concluded in the presence of Trustees – Vivekratna and Maitreyanath with vote of thanks.

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND LIBERATION

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, December 21st, 2015

11th-14th October, 2016
Nagaloka, Nagpur, India

Nagaloka and the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, in partnership with Deer Park and the Karuna Trust, UK, are organising a conference to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s momentous conversion to Buddhism.

Born a so-called Untouchable in 1891, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar dedicated his life to bringing about a society in which there was no scope for discrimination of any kind, a society permeated by the values of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. These values, he said, he had learnt not from the French Revolution but from his Master, the Buddha. His life of ceaseless struggle culminated in his conversion to Buddhism along with 500,000 others, in October 1956, on the anniversary of King Ashoka’s conversion. He initiated a peaceful Dhamma revolution, the wheels of which are turning faster and faster every day. Even though he died just a few weeks after his conversion in 1956, millions have followed and are following him into Buddhism, paving the way for a caste free true democracy in India.

His importance in Indian political and social life can be gauged from the fact that all political parties have co-opted him, and are investing enormous energy into celebrating his 125th birth anniversary, which also falls in 2016. Let us hope that the more they look at him, the more they will begin to appreciate the significance of his conversion to Buddhism and its social implications.

During the conference we will be asking Buddhists from traditional and western backgrounds to look at and engage with aspects of the Dhamma central to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s approach – Dhamma as empowerment, Breaking down barriers between people through the Dhamma, and the implications of Dhamma for governance. In this way we hope to help them appreciate the relevance of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s approach to the Dhamma for the wider Buddhist world, so that he becomes a source of inspiration and guidance for all , and not just for Indian Buddhists.

“Dr. Ambedkar ….the greatest non-violent revolutionary of the (20th) Century.” Urgyen Sangharakshita

For detail information do contact at this email: 60liberation@gmail.com

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Participation in the 3rd Chongsheng International Buddhist Forum, 2015

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The Buddhism Association of Yunnan Province and Dali Chongsheng Temple, China organised the 3rd Chongsheng International Buddhist Forum from 28th to 30th October, 2015 at the Chongsheng Temple, Dali, China. The theme of the conference was “Humanistic Buddhism”. The aim of the forum was to bring together Buddhist leaders, eminent scholars, and concerned government officials from South Asia and South East Asia to promote friendship, harmony, peace and develop Buddhist culture. Over one hundred delegates attended and participated in conference, from Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Laos, Bangladesh, China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Russia, Cambodia and Vietnam, Australia and other places. The conference was officially opened by Venerable Chong Hua, the president of Chongsheng Temple, Dali.

Dhammachari Lokamitra, Mr. Mangesh Dahiwale, Mr. Gauthama Prabhu and Ven. Sugatavamso representing Nagaloka made their presence and presented their respective papers in the conference. Dhammachari Lokamitra talk was on the similarities between the approaches of Urgyen Sangharakshita and Dr. Ambedkar. Mr. Mangesh Dahiwale compared the approaches of Ven.Taixu and Ambedkar in spreading Buddhism. Mr. Gauthama Prabhu’s presentation was on the journey of Buddhists in south India: revolution and counter-revolution forces between Buddhism and Brahminism. He also stressed on the relation of Indian and Chinese Buddhists during the ancient period. Ven. Sugatavamso related his life story of growing up as untouchable, the impact of Buddhism in his life, and on how Nagaloka shaped his life and the lives of many other young people in India.

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