Nagaloka News

Alumni Development Workshop Led by Manjula Pradeep: 21-23 March 2017.

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The workshop was aimed at Alumni of Nagaloka who are active in running some Social Projects or dhamma activities or those who were willing to learn how to run the Project. The workshop was led by Manjula Pradeep, a well known female Activist from Navsarjan Trust, Ahmedabad.  The day started with Orientation session followed by  Interviews of our Alumni talking about their live stories and their work. It was very moving story to hear young man and women sharing their lives growing up as Dalits and later on coming in contact with dharma through Nagaloka and how it changes their lives and uplifts and encourages them to engage with society in some ways and work for dharma or aspire for higher education to serve the society.

The workshop was more interactive in its method in which Manjula Pradeep shared her experience of working with Atrocity cases and women empowerment and explained how dharma could bring about peaceful revolution in Indian society followed by the group presentations on the socio-economic and political issue facing the present day Dalit and Tribals and Womens across India.  Among the most pressing issues were unemployment, caste based discriminations, atrocity against womens, large scale migrations due to mining corporations in central India such as Chattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, etc. The issue of Naxalism was very prominent and real for many of the alumni coming from Bastar and other districts of Chhattisgarh.  there is also pressing political tension created against the dalits, tribals and Muslims from right wing Hindu Politics

The Presentation done by Alumni brought to home that there is so much that can be done but there needs to be some short of Training of Alumni in order to help the plan the activities, run the project and document the activities which becomes the basis of getting funds to continue the Project work. Manjula Pradeep also spoke about the Social Entrepreneurship to support the social activism to reduce the reliance on external funds. She also explained the role of donors and kind of activities they are likely to support. She paid special emphasis on documentation which is the basis of successful fundraising strategy. She pointed out the need for creating a Project Profiles of alumnis that are currently active in various states. Later on Manjula Pradeep explained the importance of having Dhamma Sevak or All India Network of Activist which becomes the basis of peaceful revolution brought about by the transformative power of dhamma. The workshop ended with the Action plan for the Alumni Network to collaborate with like minded organisations and need for further training and the list of skill set needed for to enable Alumni to empower them to work with society at large.

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Dhammachari Lokamitra’s Visit to Thailand 15-19th March, 2017.

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Lokamitra Leads a Half a day Workshop on Revival of Buddhism in India at INEB Office

Dhammachari Lokamitra led a half day workshop about the revival of Buddhism in India with the students of INEB Institute at International Network of Socially Engaged Buddhists(INEB) office. The Institute runs the Masters in program in Engaged Buddhism and the English for socially engaged Buddhist Program. The participants came mostly from Asia such as Thailand, Laos, Sri Lanka, japan, India and few other from the Europe.

Celebrating 84th Birthday of Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa at Siam Centre, Bangkok

Sulak Sivaraksa celebrated his 84th Birthday on 17th March 2017 in Siam Centre, Bangkok. Lokamitra spoke about his friendship with Ajarn Sulak and the work he has done as social activist and writer. Ajarn Sulak  is the founding member of INEB and SNF Foundation which seeded the Social movement in Thailand. Lokamitra is been part of the INEB Network since 2000 and has been close friend with him. The birthday celebration attracted many prominent INEB members from across Asia as well as the local social activist and prominent Political leaders of Thailand.

           Workshop on Buddhism in India and Introduction to Meditation at Santi Asoke Centre, Bangkok : 18-19th March, 2017

Dhammachari Lokamitra led a Two days workshop on Buddhism in India and the Introduction to Meditation with some 20 people at the Santi Asoke Centre near Bangkok. Santi Asoke is a progressive Buddhist group known for its radical approach to dharma and initiative to care for nature. Few monks and Laypeople from this group visits our centre in Nagaloka quite frequently and became interested in the way dhamma is taught in Triratna Buddhist Community. One of the lay follower of this group also got ordain as Mitra. This visit, therefore, was the continuation of the dialogue we have with Santi Asoke.

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Dhammakranti Retreat at Bharatpur, Rajasthan- 12-13 March, 2017

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Dhammamitra Lokpal together with Local Buddhist activists had organised a two days Dhammakranti retreat at Bharatpur about 100 km away from Delhi. Before starting off with the retreat around 20 Alumni from mostly Rajasthan but also from Arunachal Pradesh, Gujrat, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka held a meeting with Lokamitra to talk about the future of Alumni Network as well as Introductory session to get to know the Local Alumni and their work.

Dhammachari Lokamitra gave a series of talks on Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. He is such as skilled teacher and understands the Indian context so well that all three of his talks were down to earth and very relevant to the audience who were mostly from Bharatpur and Alwar, which is predominantly Dalit Majority in these two districts and most of Nagaloka Alumnis come from there.

Retreat was well received by the Local people, over 100 people came to participate in this two days event. Many of the participants showed keen interest in having such retreats regularly to benefit from dharma activities. Manjula Pradeep, a well-known women activist also shared her experience of working with Dalit and women issues in Gujarat.

The retreat consisted in morning and evening Meditation, dharma talks, group discussion, question answer session and evening Puja. People were very critical in their approach to Buddhism, they wanted to know how Buddhist practices differ from Hindu rituals. The question answer sessions were enlightening as it gave a chance to ask question freely and remove their misunderstanding about dhamma.

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Opening of Bodhichitta (Boy’s Hostel) & Unveiling of Buddha Statue at Girl’s Hostel (Gridhakuta)- 5th February, 2017

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Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche a well-known Tibetan Reincarnated Lama teacher came to Nagaloka for the opening ceremony of the Boys Hostel named Bodhichitta on the 5th of February. The hostel was donated by Mr. Willy Hsin-Chih Yang and Mrs. Nancy Huei-Chu Hsieh Yang from China. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche gave a talk in which he emphasised the importance of practicing dhamma specially youths. Lokamitra who presided over the ceremony explained the meaning of Bodhichitta and importance of the Training and impact on the Young Buddhist in India.  

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche also donated a Buddha Statue in Bhumisparsa Mudra or earth touching Gesture for the Meditation Hall in Girl’s Hostel (Grudhrakuta). The program started with small Puja followed the unveiling of the Buddha statue at the auspicious hands of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Later on, Lokamitra explained the meaning of  the Bhumisparsa Mudra in which the Buddha during his time at Bodhgaya before gaining Enlightenment when faced by the Mara. Next day, Nagaloka Alumni met with Rimpoche and shared their live stories and how they came in contact with Buddhism through Nagaloka.

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Workshop on “Leadership Skills” -24th December 2016

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Dhammachari Tej Darshan, the Executive director of Nagaloka led a one-day workshop with the Nagaloka Students. Once the students at Nagaloka leave the campus and go back to their states, they often faced with problem of brining people together and successfully working for Dhamma or social engagement. Therefore, the aim of the workshop was to prepare Nagaloka students to be future community leaders to bring together people and work with them effectively to work for with them.

Tej Darshan explored many aspects of Leadership skills which involves the right attitude and behavior as well as the cultivation of virtues that makes the person leader such as ability to communicate with others, inspire them and work as team. He also taught problem solving skills, team work and anger management as part of the training.

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Workshop on the “Basics of Fundraising Skills” – 31st January 2017

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Dhammachari Nagamitra, who heads the local fund raising team Nagaloka held a one-day workshop on the Fundraising to train the people who works at Nagaloka and other Participants who works as volunteer to support the Buddhist Activities and Centre in Nagpur. There were about 34 women and 20 men in the Workshop. One ofthe aim of this workshop was to train the Local team at Nagaloka to help them interact with Local visitors from Nagpur to give them guided tour and skills required to skillfully approach Local Buddhist people to encourage them to practice generosity to run the Buddhist Activities.

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Sangha Day Celebration at Nagaloka 14th November, 2016

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Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha are known as the three Jewels in Buddhism as their form the heart of the Buddhist Tradition and culture. Sangha Day is celebrated during the full moon day during November Month. it was during this period that Buddha exhorted his first 60 disciples to spread the Dhamma for the welfare and happiness of many ” Bahujan Hitaya, Bahujan Sukhaya”.

Each Year, Nagaloka observes the Sangha Day for the benefit of the Local Buddhist Community in Nagpur. The celebration involved the Public talk by Dhammachari Lokamitra who spoke on the importance on Sangha in the life of Buddhist as well as the practice of Kalyana Mitrata or Spiritual friendship.  followed by the Traditional Pali Puja praising Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and other important sutras such as Mangala Sutta. Nagaloka tries to encourage the creating a Buddhist Art and Culture, therefore,  Ashok Sarsvati spoke about the Buddhist Art. There were about 300 people gather under the Walking Buddha on this occasion. This event created a sense of community among the participants and faith in Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.

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