Nagaloka News

16Th NTI Batch Inauguration Ceremony, July 2017

Posted in: Nagaloka News, Uncategorized on Saturday, July 29th, 2017

It is always a joyous experience to witness the opening of the new batch of trainees at the Nagarjuna Training institute.  The 120 Boys and girls from over 15 states came to participate in Dhammasekhiya Course and BA Program.

The opening ceremony was presided by Dhammachari Lokamitra, the C.I Thool, President of SC, ST Commission of Maharashtra formally inaugurated the new Batch of trainees. The chief guest Sanjay Gosavi (Director of Pyramid City, Nagpur) and Dhananjay Wanjari (Deputy Commissioner of Income Text Department, Nagpur) gave an inspiring speech to motivate and welcome the NTI students.

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Retreat on “Group, Individual and spiritual community” June 24th to July 1st 2017

Posted in: Nagaloka News, Uncategorized on Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Dhammachari Lokamitra led a retreat on the ” Group, Individual and spiritual community” for the benefit of the Nagaloka alumni’s at Nagaloka campus. There were some  28 Nagaloka Alumnis from different states.  The retreat was part of the efforts to ground the selected active alumni to train them further in dhamma and prepare the ground for further strengthening the core alumni into practice.

The day started with morning meditation followed by talk by Dhammachari Lokamitra and group discussion and question answer session. The afternoon session consisted of meditation, work period and finally evening puja.

The series of talks explored the theme of  characteristics of group, Individual, evolution lower and higher, the importance of spiritual community, etc. The discussion as well as the main talks also explored Dr. Ambedkar’s on individual, caste as group.

 

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Buddha Jayanti Celebration on 10th May, 2017.

Posted in: Nagaloka News, Uncategorized on Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The Buddha Jayanti  is perhaps the most important festival for the Buddhist world. This day marks the Buddha’s gaining of enlightenment as well as his birth and passing away according to Theravada tradition.

As a part of this celebration Nagaloka organized  a one day retreat together with some 125 Mitras and friends of the Triratna Nagpur. Dhammachari Amoghasidhi gave a talk on the victory over Mara and Buddha’s gaining of enlightenment. There was special puja and meditation conducted on this occasion, as part of celebration some 27 people got ordain as Dhammamitra, the ceremony was led by Dhammachari Pragyaratna.

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Inauguration of Skills Based Training

Posted in: Uncategorized on Sunday, August 7th, 2016

On 15th June 2016 the inauguration of skills based training programme took place in Nagaloka. 25 Alumni from 4 different states were invited for this training. The new teacher, Arhant, was given a warm welcome by alumni and team members. Dh. Vivekratna delivered a speech as a the guest of honour. In this programme two subjects, English language and basic computer training are taught. The duration of the training is be for 4 months.

This is the eighth year the courses are being conducted. The students have found them very useful in preparing them for work in the world.
Skill Based Trainees Alumni with Team
Skill Based Trainees Alumni with Team Members

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ODISSA VISIT

Posted in: Uncategorized on Sunday, August 7th, 2016

In April Dhammacharis Padmaviar and Dhammasen visited Umarkot in Odissa for the celebrations of Dr. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary on 14th April. Their programme was organized by Sharat Panigari, an activist working with a local NGO. He had organised a march through Umarkot for three kilometres to the statue of Dr. Ambedkar, where they paid their respects and expressed their gratitude by garlanding the statue and chanting the Pali puja. After this the main programme took place. Dh. Padmavir gave a talk on “The Ideal of Dhammarajya”, and ideal reignited by Dr Ambedkar. Dh. Dhammasen gave a talk on “The Five Precepts”.
After the programme lunch was donated for all the participants by Sharat Panigrai.
Local people march with Dhs Padmavir and Dhammasen
Local people march with Dhs Padmavir and Dhammasen

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Nagaloka 14th April. Celebration of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary, in Buddha Surya Vihara.

Posted in: Uncategorized on Sunday, August 7th, 2016

The Chief Guests were Dhammachari Subuti and Dhammachari Maitriveer Nagarjuna. Using examples from Dr. Ambedkar’s life, Dh. Subhuti emphasised that we need to transform ourselves and work together with others if we want to realise Dr Ambedkar’s vision of a better society. Dh Maitriveer Nagarjun talked about the transformation of a caste determined society to a true democracy, and the influence Dr.Ambedkar saw Buddhism could have on that transformation. The programme was organised by Triratna centres in Nagpur.

Dhammachari Maitriveer Nagarjuna
Dhammachari Maitriveer Nagarjuna

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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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Posted in: Uncategorized on Monday, March 9th, 2015

VALEDICTORY FUNCTION OF DHAMMASAKHIYA COURSE

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The Dhammasekhiya trainees from Nagarjuna Training Institute (NTI) completed their course for which the valedictory function was held on 28th February, 2015 at Buddha Surya Vihar. It was the day everyone, including students as well as staffs looked forward to mark the culmination of the achievements of trainees in Dhammasakhiya course. There was a mixed bundle of emotions among staff and trainees.

The Chief Guests for this function were Dhammachari Amoghashiddi, Public preceptor of Triratna Boudha Mahasangha and Dr. Sonawane, Professor of Government Medical College, Nagpur; and the function was presided over by Gauthama Prabhu, Director of NTI. The presence of Dhammachari Pragyaratna, Dhammachari Manidhamma, Dhammachari Nagmitra, Dhammachari Padmavir and Dr. Satish graced the function. Parents, relatives and friends of trainees participated in the function.

The programme commenced with introductory speech by Dhammachari Pragyaratna. He made a special mention about the day, marking it as an important as well as an inspirational day. The day is important because the students who have stayed away from their family for eight months are going back to their home and meet their families, and it is an inspirational day as these students will spread Buddhist principals and practices, and work for welfare of society in their respective states.

Among the trainees, three girls and three boys were called upon to share their experiences. Amongst these were Ashwini from Karnataka, Jaydeep from Orissa, Savitri from Orissa, Bhanupratap from Rajasthan, Nisha from Uttar Pradesh and Lakhinder from Jharkhand. Each one of them expressed their gratitude to Nagarjuna Training Institute, talked about their own experiences that they have gained during the training period and shared their vision towards the making of Prabuddha Bharat.

This was followed by certificate distribution by respected chief guests. Speaking on the occasion, Dhammachari Amoghasiddhi emphasized on self realization and to become a good human being. He said “when we look back to our life, we should not feel regretful for what we have done”. Dr.Sonawane wished student for their better future and appreciated students for sharing their experience

Gauthama Prabhu gave a motivational talk on loving-kindness and inspired the trainees to be mindful and use skillful means to face challenges from the society. Nagmitra shared some of his field visit experiences especially how family gave up blind faith, and also wished to invite donors for such events in the future.

Dr. Satish proposed a vote of thanks and expressed his gratitude to chief guests for visiting in such a short notice and also for their inspirational speech.

 

 

 

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Invitation

Posted in: Nagaloka News, Uncategorized on Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Nagaloka training institute, would like to invite you to our Prabuddha Bharat – Enlightened India conference on 3rd, 4th and 5th October at Nagaloka, Nagpur on Overcoming Discrimination with the Buddha Dhamma.

We would like you to participate in this conference and hear about experiences showing how and in what ways the Buddha Dhamma has helped many people with gender and caste discrimination within India and outside India.

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