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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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Valedictory Function of Dhammasakhiya Course

Posted in: Nagaloka News 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 experiences.

Gauthama Prabhu gave a motivational talk on loving-kindness and inspired the trainees to be mindful and use skilful 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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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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Sangha Day Celebrations in Nagaloka

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, December 29th, 2014

Bahujana Hitaya, Bahujana Sukhaya and Sangha Day Celebrations in Nagaloka

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To commemorate the day when Buddha exhorted his disciples to spread the Dhamma in all the directions for welfare and happiness of the many, and the day when the Sangha left the rainy season retreat celebrations were organised on Karthik Full Moon Day on 6th November, 2014 in Nagaloka. The chief guests for the program were Ven. Revata, Chief Sangha Nayaka, Sri Lanka Siam Nikaya, and ex- Secretary of Mahabodhi Society of India, Dhammachari Devamitra, and Dhammacharini Vijaya from Triratna Boudha Mahasangha (TBM). Dhammachiri Lokamitra presided over the function.

In his introductory speech, Dhammachari Lokamitra explained the audience on importance of Sangha Day. The Buddha on this day asked his disciple to spread the Dhamma for welfare and happiness of the many. In the Theravada tradition this day is celebrated by sewing and donating robes to monks, on the one hand and on the other by the monks confessing any mistakes they have made to other monks. In TBM, the day is celebrated by recalling the importance of spiritual friendship and confession. At Nagaloka we have added to that by recalling the Buddha’s most famous exhortation of Bahujana Hitaya, Bahujana Sukhaya – go out for the welfare and happiness of as many people as possible, a spirit symbolised in the form of the Walking Buddha.

On this occasion, Dhammachari Devamitra explored about image of Walking Buddha of Nagaloka that Buddha is smiling but he is in urgency of reaching out to many people for spreading Dhamma. Dhammcharini Vijaya and Ven. Revata also enlightened the audience on the importance of the Day.

Dhammachari Vivekratna presented on NTI’s role in effective spread of Dhamma and Dhammachari Maitreyanath compared for the program.    

 

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Invitation

Posted in: Meetings and Events on Friday, September 26th, 2014

Celebration of 58th Anniversary of Turning Wheel of Dhamma by Dr Ambedkar

DSC_0312To emancipate all the oppressed from hell of Caste, Dr Ambedkar converted to Buddhism with half a million of his followers on 14th October, 1956.  To commemorate the day, the public program is organized on 3rd October, 2014 at 10:30 AM in Nagaloka. The theme of the program is (Prabhuddha Bharat- Enlightened India) Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Dhamma Revolution”. The program will be presided over by Dhammachari Lokamitra, the president of Nagarjuna Training Institute, Nagpur.

On this occasion, prominent senior Dhammachari’s and Dhammacharini’s of Triratna Bouddha Mahasangh will be present as chief guests. Dhammachari Amoghsiddhi and Dhammacharini Abhayadana will be presenting on Triratna and Prabuddha Bharat whereas Dhammachari Vivekratna will be delivering talk on Nagaloka.  Another famous chief guest Mr. Gautama Prabhu, who is the founder of Vihar in Tamil Nadu, India will be expounding on Buddhism in South India. The introduction ceremony will be conducting by Dhammachari Nagketu.

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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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Nagaloka Annual Report 2013-14

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Nagaloka Annual Report 2012-14

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Lokamitra’s visit to Thamil Nadu

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Lokamitra took up a long standing invitation to visit ADICOM in Pondicherry. They have long been associated with Nagaloka, not only sending 100 members to convert to Buddhism there in October 2006 on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb’s conversion to Buddhism, but also sending a number of students to the residential training course.

While returning to Pune, he stopped in Chennai t meet Gauthama Prabha and members of the organisation he founded, Vihara, dedicated to helping people realise the glorious heritage of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu and bringing back Buddhism as a path of practice to the State.

In both meetings, Lokamitra emphasised that of Buddhism was to grow, there was an over-riding need for clarity in understanding why Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar converted to Buddhism, and on basic Buddhist teachings, in a way that people could relate to.  This was where Nagaloka could help.

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NTI Report 2012-13

Posted in: Nagaloka News, NTI Report 2012-13 on Saturday, January 18th, 2014

http://www.nagaloka.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/annual-report-NTI1.pdf

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