Nagaloka News

Young Bodhisattva Retreat, Badepur, Maipuri, UP.28th to 31st March 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The Young Bodhisatva Retreat was attended by 239 local people from several districts. The alumni from the Shakya (OBC) community organized it and the participants came from Dalit and OBC backgrounds. The retreat center had been developed by some of the first converts to Buddhism from the Shakya community. It is a great sign of progress that Buddhism is helping people to come together and transcend the old caste barriers. Lokamitra gave a talk each day on Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity as Buddhist practices. The participants then divided into groups to discuss his talk. This was followed by a question and answer session to clarify any confusion. Lokamitra was supported by Vivekaratna, Upayaraja, Vishakha, and Shraddhavajri. At the end of the retreat, The Sankisa Triratna Foundation was inaugurated as a vehicle to take forward their work.


Lokamitra’s Lectures in UP:27th 31st, March 2018.

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

The local alumni organized Lokamitra’s lectures in Mainpuri (27th March), and Etawah (31st March). This gave Lokamitra an opportunity to understand the enormous significance of the Shakya conversion movement. They spent one night at Sankisa, considered the center of the new converts to Buddhism from the Shakya community. This is where the Buddha returned to earth after teaching his mother the Abhidhamma in the Tusita Heaven.


Lokamitra’s Lectures in UP:27th 31st March 2018.

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

The local alumni organized Lokamitra’s lectures in Mainpuri (27th March), and Etawah (31st March). This gave Lokamitra an opportunity to understand the enormous significance of the Shakya conversion movement. They spent one night at Sankisa, considered the centre of the new converts top Buddhism from the Shakya community. This is where the Buddha returned to earth after teaching his mother the AbhiDhamma in the Tusita Heaven.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Saturday, March 24th, 2018

A workshop is a flexible environment in which training, different kinds of activities, work and learning take place. The main purpose of a workshop is to train teacher through teaching. By a workshop, we can mean both the physical operating environment or a diverse method of training. Workshops support participants’ personal growth, social empowerment, active participation, and work skills through collective instruction with an emphasis on practical work. Methods used include work training and personal and group training. So the workshop was held at Nagaloka on 24th March 2017. The purpose of the workshop to train the teachers to implement the subject knowledge/content through various teaching methodology for students learning inspirationally. There were 8 teachers participating.

On that workshop, Dhivya has introduced about the topic of the workshop in which was easy for everyone to understand. And then everyone requested to share their challenges and how they are facing it. After all the teachers shared their difficulties Dhivya has presented a presentation in which was a tremendous explanation of the teaching methodology and it was very useful. At last everyone have reported about their experiences of the workshop which helped them to make a creative lesson plan, preparation, and refreshment.



Asoka Dhammadhuta Retreat, Nagarjuna Institute:14th – 23rd March 2018,

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The Asoka Dhammadhuta Programme is a new initiative for Alumni to develop sustainable Buddhist communities all over India through basic Dharma teaching (see note 13 above). This first retreat was held to introduce 19 alumni from the seven clusters of alumni in six States (Kerala, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka [2], and Bihar) to the programme and plan the first three months. The retreat was led by Vivekratna and supported by Upayaraja and Maitreyanath. Vivekratna led the alumni through a three-month programme of introductory classes to Buddhism. The subjects included:

  • Class Structure: Chanting, Meditation, and lecture on why Buddhism.
  • The importance of Buddhism in daily life.
  • The difference between Margadata (Giver of the path) and Mokshadata(giver of salvation).
  • The five precepts and how to practice in day to day life.
  • The meaning of Sangha, especially as opposed to general group behavior.

In July the alumni of the seven clusters will report back on their experience and plan the next three months’ classes.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, March 5th, 2018

This send-off program was held on 5th March 2018 at Nagaloka. All the 16th batch Dhammasekhiya students participated. There were 145 students, including all students from Nagaloka, 70 women and 75 men. The purpose of this programme was to conclude the training. The programme was led by Vivekaratna, Veeradhamma, Prof. Chandu Maiske and Pragyaratna. All Nagaloka staff were invited to the program. Vivekaratna concluded the program with the following brief explanations:

  • We have learned the chief spiritual principles during the 8 months Dhammasekiya course
  • We have learned how we should apply those principles while working in society
  • There were some difficulties during the training that need to be worked on
  • We must work on our attitudes and change our behavior through training
  • Nagaloka is an ideal place where everyone can work on their mental states

Following his talk, students got the key points for their fieldwork and were inspired to work effectively in their areas.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The four day Dhaniya Sutta retreat was held from 1st to 4th March 2018 in Nagaloka. There were 165 people participating, 89 women and 76 men. Its purpose was to develop spiritual practice. The retreat was led by Vivekaratna with four Order members supporting. Vivekaratna spoke on the Dhaniya Sutta and inspired all the participants. He explained some of the important points contained in the Dhaniya Sutta:

  • That there are two views of the Human mind, one is mundane, the other spiritual
  • Buddha’s response to Dhaniya and his views
  • The mundane life and the happiness of the spiritual life
  • The ultimate happiness of spiritual practice.

After the talk, people realized that spiritual life is indeed happier than mundane life, and shared their different views, showed their happiness, and agreed to contribute their knowledge to society.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, February 26th, 2018

The teachers’ performance evaluation meeting was held five days from 26th Feb to 2nd March 2018 at Nagaloka.  Its purpose was to evaluate the teachers performance and assess how they are doing while teaching and also to check the students learning outcomes. Divya met all the teachers and collected information from each of them. She also collected data on other activities where available:

  1. She met teachers individually
  2. Sat in on some classes as an observer
  3. Interacted with most of the students
  4. Interacted with principal & other Nagaloka staff regarding evaluation
  5. Worked on providing analyses of syllabuses and provision of text books and note books
  6. Re-checked all those materials used by teachers and students

This enabled her to provide an effective evaluation of the teachers well and write a helpful, fact-based report.




Posted in: Nagaloka News on Saturday, February 24th, 2018


The two day Buddhist Epistemology workshop was held on 24th and 25th Feb 2018 in Nagaloka. There were 24 people attending, 13 women and 11 men. The workshop was led by Prof. Bodhi from Tata Institute and Mangesh Dahiwale from Pune (a director of Manuski). Mangesh gave a talk on Buddhist Epistemology using four different approaches:

  1. The historical background of the Buddhist educational system
  2. The methodologies of various educational systems
  3. Buddhist systems of pedagogy in modern times
  4. The liking of people for Buddhist psychology and its theory of education

Prof Bodhi then has drew a diagram of Buddhist epistemology which gave a much clearer understanding of the topic. After his talk everyone had time to discuss and present their ideas. During their discussion and presentations everyone elaborated what they had understood, which helped others to develop their knowledge. There was a report and summarizing session on the workshop that came to the conclusion that a workshop on this topic should be provided once every three months.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

This two day workshop was held on 20th & 21st  Feb 2018 in Nagaloka. There were 69 students participating,. It was facilitated by Alan Senuke (USA) and Jill Jamson (Australia) with the idea of motivating activists to work for their society. Alan and Jill gave great talks on the four principles contained in the Vajji Sutta of the Pali Canon:

  1. Coming together frequently
  2. Working harmoniously together
  3. Observing rules and principles
  4. Working with determination to build confidence and agreement.

After explaining these, Jill spoke about the importance of the idea known as the River of Life and made a helpful diagram for all the students to connect their personal lives with that. She gace an exercise to the students that was extremely helpful in realizing their conflicts, and they learned how to resolve these conflicts through non violence.  Everyone participated and gave an interesting presentation. Alan then gave a talk on the Indian & American movements which gave the students a lot of detailed information about these.