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WORKSHOP ON AMBEDKAR’S THOUGHT; 26TH DECEMBER 2017

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

The workshop was held on 26th December 2017 at Nagaloka. The purpose of the workshop was to train the trainees to understand Ambedkar’s thought. The workshop was conducted by Prof. Maitriveer Nagarjun & Nagamitra. There were around 140 students participating. At that workshop Maitriveer Nagarjun has given a talk on who was Ambedkar & what he has done for our society as well why Amberkar. There were a few points on what he has specified in his talks in order;

  • Why Ambedkar thoughts need in the Modern era
  • Religion for man, not man for religion
  • How people easily influencing by superstition, even in the modern era
  • Concept of god; how people accept things blindly without logical thinking
  • What could be the main principles where we can develop the society by Dr Ambedkar’s views?

All the participants have learnt how to understand the situation in society while working they realized self learning. It was tremendous atmospheres where students can develop themselves. It was also decided to have this kind of workshops ever.

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ALUMNI RETREAT AT NAGALOKA, 26 TO 30 DECEMBER 2017

Posted in: Uncategorized on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

The alumni retreat was held from 26th to 30th December 2017 at Nagaloka to deepen the participants’ spiritual practice and learn how to implement that principle in their daily life. It was facilitated by Nagamitra. There were 23 participants, 13 women and ten men. Nagamitra gave a talk on the Seven Bodhiyangas or Limbs of Enlightenment, speaking of how these can be applied in our lives in order to cultivate balance in our mundane activities. They were also helpful, he said, in overcoming our personal problems while trying to lead the spiritual life. After the talk all the students realized the importance of this principle in our daily lives. He introduced this historical teaching of the Buddha in a contemporary and accessible way that people could understand easily. At the end of the retreat, everyone wanted such a retreat held often to further develop their spiritual life.

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DR AMBEDKAR’S MAHAPARINIRVANA DAY CELEBRATION, DECEMBER 2017

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

The celebration of Dr.Ambedkar Mahaparinirvana Day was held on 6th December 2017 at Nagaloka. It was facilitated by Vivekaratna and the master of ceremonies was Asangavajra. The Purpose of the activity was to remind us of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s great contribution to the Nation. Around 160 people participated, 70 men and 90 women. Vivekaratna gave a talk on Ambedkar’s great contribution. He explained Ambedkar’s special contributions to Indian Society in pointwise order.

  • Everyone should contribute to our society, especially those in the political field
  • There are so many people who do not understand what they can contribute; such people should participate in the realization of Ambedkar’s vision.
  • We all need to prepare ourselves to spread Ambedkar’s vision far and wide to create an Enlightened India.

The students were inspired after hearing Vivekaratna talk about Dr Ambedkar’s great contribution to the nation. All the students were motivated to spread his vision. The local people too who were attending the program were inspired to come forward and support our activities. It was a good opportunity for all to hear a great talk. It was decided to organize talks of this kind at district level so that the great message can be passed on to every community.

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FULL MOON DAY CELEBRATION AT NAGALOKA, 3RD DECEMBER 2017

Posted in: Uncategorized on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

A full moon day celebration was held on 3rd December 2017 at Nagaloka. Dhammanaga reminded us of the importance of the celebration of the full moon day. The master of ceremonies was Sheelrashmi. There were around 200 participants, 100 men and 100 women. Many people from outside Nagaloka joined us. Dhammanaga gave a talk on the importance of Dr. Ambedkar’s life events, and mentioned the kindness of the Nagaloka gardener who was ill. He also spoke about fear of death and how it affects the students while they study here. He emphasized that the training should be carried out in an atmosphere so positive that it would change and inspire everyone.

In such a way, all the participants realized and understood the importance of the full moon day celebration. They discussed publicizing the full moon day as Buddhist Cultural Day, and to organize a one day program in which local people can participate on this day.

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KALAMA SUTTA RETREAT, 3RD TO 9TH DECEMBER 2017 AT NAGALOKA

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

A Kalama Sutta retreat was held from 3rd to 9th December 2017 at Nagaloka to eradicate false views and develop right views concerning reality. The retreat was facilitated by Vivekaratna. There were 150 participants attending the retreat, 80 women and 70 men. Vivekaratna gave a talk on the Sutta in which he spoke about greatness of this teaching of the Buddha that explained what he did not teach and what he really taught. The main points were:

  • Don’t believe something just because it is written in history
  • Don’t believe a teaching simply because it said by a great man
  • Don’t believe just because it is taught by great teachers
  • Believe a teaching when you have tested it yourself and found that it leads to good results.

After this talk all the students were inspired. They shared their own experiences while living with their families. They all understood the meaning of this teaching of the Buddha, given some 2550 years ago. They also decided to organize a retreat like this regularly. While planning this kind of retreat in future we saw the need to call on more mature people who can support the discussion and promote development.

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