Nagaloka News

MEDITATION RETREAT

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, August 27th, 2015

A meditation retreat for the Dhammasekhiya course trainees was organised from 21st until 28th July, 2015 at Buddha Surya Vihar, Nagaloka. The retreat was led by Dhammachari Vivekratna. Along with Dhammasekhiya trainees, students from the graduation and skill development programmes also participated. 74 boys and 70 girls benefitted from the retreat.

On these eight days, participants were introduced to the basic meditation practices, the Anapanasatti and the Metta Bhavna (cultivation of Universal loving kindness), walking meditation, and taught how to work with hindrances in meditation, as well as to keep a meditation diary. For two days participants observed complete silence. Dhammachari Vivekratna held some question and answer sessions and on the last day students were divided in groups in which they shared their experiences.

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INAUGURATION PROGRAM OF DHAMMASEKHIYA COURSE, 2015-16

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, July 13th, 2015

DSC_0884 Nagarjuna Institute welcomed nearly 113 new trainees to the Nagaloka at its inauguration ceremony on 5th July, 2015, in the presence of nearly 250 people. The programme was officiated by Dhammachari Maitreyanath. The Chief Guests were Mr. Rajkumar Badole, Minister of Social Justice and Special Assistance, and Dr. Surjeet Singh of the Department of Buddhist Studies, Wardha University, Nagpur.

Dr. Surjeet Singh highlighted the importance of education in an individual’s life. He said that unlike formal education, Nagarjuna Institute imparts an education that nurtures an individual to become a good human being. Shri Rajkumar Badole expressed his delight at being part of the inauguration and talked about the life of Buddha, asking new trainees to follow the path of loving and kindness.

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Mr. Gauthama Prabhu, Director of Nagarjuna Institute shared the vision of Prabhudha Bharat, the contribution of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and his historic conversion, the contribution of Urgyen Sangharakshita in the formation of Triratna and Lokamitra’s leadership in the development of the vision of Prabuddha Bharat and the establishment of Nagaloka. Dhammachari Padmavir provided an outline of the course, the number of trainees being trained so far and the status of those alumni who are pursuing higher education in some of prestigious institutes in the country as well as outside. Dhammachari Vivekratana addressed the participants in detail about the life changing experiences of alumni. He also talked about the importance of bonding with friends from different states. Dhammachari Maitreyanath briefed about the principles of Buddhism and appealed to all guests to support Nagaloka activities and informed them about the different ways they could help.

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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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Kondhanpur Retreat

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Friday, May 15th, 2015

From 25th April until 2nd May, 2015 a retreat was held for some Nagaloka alumni at Madhyamarg Centre, Kondhanpur, Maharasthra. Lokamitra led the study on ‘Saddhamma’, the two main functions of which Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar says are to clean the mind of its impurities and to make the world a kingdom of righteousness. He makes it clear that Dhamma practice is not just a personal matter, but must express itself in the way we behave with and relate to others, and also have a positive impact on the world around us, especially in terms of breaking down barriers between people and establishing equality – in other words in creating a better society for all. The participants explored in some depth and breadth the implications of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s approach to Saddhamma, looking at subjects such as the Middle Way, Atmavad and Ucchedwad, pratitya samutpada, and many others.

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Dr. AMBEDKAR JAYANTI

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, April 20th, 2015

To mark the 124th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Nagaloka organised a function on 14th April, 2015. The event was attended by Nagaloka staff, NTI alumni, graduation students and local people. The programme began with paying homage to Dr. Ambedkar statue; declaration of 22 vows of Ambedkar followed by a talk given by the Chief Guest Prof. Mhaske, Head of Department of Computer Deparatment, Vishwasarya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur.
Prof. Mhaske opened his talk highlighting the mass celebration of Ambedkar Jayanti in different ways by different groups across the nation and requested Nagaloka to take an effort to bring these different groups together and strengthen their unity. He also outlined the life of Dr. B.R Ambedkar as an intellectual personality, revolutionary, visionary and his work against caste discrimination citing few incidences that took place during his lifetime.
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Sixth Alumni Conference Took Place at Nagaloka

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, March 16th, 2015

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The 6th Alumni conference took place in Nagaloka 7th – 12th November, 2014. The theme was “Dhammakranti and Social Action in Your Area”. The aim of the conference was to bring alumni together, create a platform to share their experiences on their effots to spread Buddhism in their respective states, and to review alumni social and Dhamma activities. Nearly 80 alumni participated. The alumni made presentations, and group discussions, panel discussions, talks, and cultural programmes took place.

The conference opiened with a key note speech by Dhammachari Vivekaratna, Nagarjuna Training Institute. Dhammacharini Bodhimodini gave a talk entitled “Sharing Experience of Working with Women” and Dhammacharini Abhayadana on “Balsanskar Varg”. Alumni presentations were made on the basis of their experiences with different Tritatna centres throughout the country and the challenges they faced in the society. These alumni were Amit from Uttar Pradesh, Dhammasen from Orissa, Sugatavmso from Gujarat, Jadumani from Orissa, Divya from Tamil Nadu, Maitreyaratna from Orissa, and Kamal from Rajasthan.

A panel discussion headed by Maitreyanath and Vivekaratna discussed difficulties faced by alumni in their day-to-day field work, and looked at ways to overcome challenges. This was followed by group presentation of each state sharing plan of action of their activities .Nilima Ambekar and Dh.Suvidhya from Manuski, Pune took a session on social action.

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Seminar on Contribution to Buddhism by Anagarika Dharmapal and Dr. Ambedkar

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, March 16th, 2015

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Nagarjuna Training Institute organised a one-day seminar on “The Contribution to Buddhism of Anagarika Dharmapala and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar” on 7th November, 2014 at Buddhasurya Vihar in Nagaloka, Nagpur. Many Dhammacharis, Dhammacharinis and alumni participated. Dhammachari Lokamitra delivered the keynote address. He was joined by Venerable Revatta, former Secretary of Mahabodhi Society, India, and head of the Sri Lankan Bhikkhu Sangha in India, Dhammachari Devamitra from United Kingdom and Dhammacharini Vijaya from Nagpur.

Dhammachari Lokamitra inspired people by telling his own indirect connection with Anagarika Dharmapala thorugh Urgyen Sangharakshita and one of Dharmapala’s disciples, the late Ven Sangharatana.  He looked at similarities in the approaches of Anagarik Dharmapala and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. Ven. Revata started with the quote “If there is no discipline, there is no religion”. His talk was on vision of Urgyen Sangarakshita, Anagarika Dharmapala and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s contribution towards the revival of Buddhism in India, and the history of the Mahabodhi temple. DhammachariDevamitra talked of his own understanding on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s approach towards Buddhism. Dhammacharini Vijaya drew attention to the unique contributions made by these two great personalities of 20th century. The talks were followed by discussion and questions from participants. Dr. Satish Shambharkar, of Nagarjuna Institue expressed his gratitude to speakers and participants, and concluded with vote of thanks.

 

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