Nagaloka News


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: Uncategorized 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.


Workshop on working together towards Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, FEBRUARY 2018

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The workshop was held from 15th to 19th Feb 2018 in Nagaloka. It was facilitated by Alan Senauke from USA and Jill Jamson from Australia. 38 alumni participated, 20 women and 18 men. Its purpose was to train alumni to become determined activists and to strengthen the alumni networks in their propagation of teachings and practices leading to liberty, equality and fraternity. On this occasion Alan and Jill spoke about how to develop Sangha between us in order to:

  • Work together towards liberty, equality and fraternity
  • Identify the problems facing society
  • Secure the agreement of the workshop to follow the discipline
  • Observe conflicts among, self, family, community and society etc.
  • Lear from social reformers like Dr Ambedkar and Dr Martin Luther King to build a ideal society
  • Revere life (individual students prepared to tell their main life events)

This was deeply inspirational to all. Students learned how to work based on the three principles of liberty, equality and fraternity. At the end of the workshop everyone wanted to participate in more workshops like this.



Posted in: Uncategorized on Friday, February 9th, 2018

The Workshop on conflict resolution and peace building was held from 9th Feb to 13th Feb 2018 in Nagaloka.  Its purpose was to train the alumni to work on setting up organizations and train people to make liberty, equality and fraternity realities in order to achieve Ambedkar’s vision to create a Prabuddha Bharat. Two scholars and workers in this field, Alan Senauke from USA and Jill Jamson from Australia facilitated the workshop. There were 26 alumni,12 women and 14 men.

Alan and Jill have gave a talk on conflict between the Individual and Groups as well as Society. This gave alumni the chance to amplify their knowledge and help them to prevent conflicts occurring among people. Alan Senauke gave a talk on the social reformers Dr Ambedkar and Dr Martin Luther King, and explained their vision of peace building. It was a tremendous inspiration to everyone to learn more about these famous role models.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Friday, January 26th, 2018

The guest visit occurred on 26th Jan 2018 at Nagaloka. Its purpose was to introduce Buddhist culture to students by means of songs. It was facilitated by Nagadeep and Sumedh, and performed by the Nottingham Buddhist Centre team. There were 109 people attending, 65 women and 44 men. The Nottingham team performed their Buddhist cultural songs and all the members performed well. Afterwards the students were encouraged to perform Buddhist Cultural songs themselves, which was very inspirational, and the atmosphere became really pleasant. Accordingly, we made up our minds to organize this kind of program in every local place where all can get an opportunity to meet Buddhist Culture and benefit from it.




Posted in: Uncategorized on Friday, January 26th, 2018

This programme was held on 26th January 2018 at Nagaloka to introduce the RTI act and how to implement it in our daily life. The program was led by Mr. Ravigautami. 51 people participated, 31 women and 20 men. Ravigautami spoke about the Information Act from several viewpoints. In this way, the students came to know what the Information Act really is, and how to apply or implement it. They also learned the process of implementing one’s right to find or to take information to public offices. We realized that a list supplied by Nagaloka of Government offices where one can apply for information would be very useful.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Friday, January 26th, 2018

The Republic Day celebration was held on 26th Jan 2018 at Nagaloka and was conducted by Prof. Chandu Maiske. Its purpose was to remind us of the meaning of our Republic Day and recollect our responsibilities as citizens of India. There were 121 participants, 53 women and 68 men. Prof. Maiske gave a talk on the Indian citizen, mentioning three main points that everyone should consider on this occasion:

  • We should think about the development of our Indian nation.
  • We should remember that every individual is important for our future development.
  • Everyone should remember that in reality there is no caste identity and we are all one humanity.

The students were inspired by listening Prof. Maiske’s speech and they learned of their responsibilities as citizens of India. They wanted to organize a Republic Day program each year to refresh our memories and help others what are our responsibilities as Indian citizens.