Nagaloka News

Meditation Retreat for New Students.

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Sunday, August 7th, 2016

A meditation retreat for Dhammasekhiya students was organised from July 17th ¬ to 27th at the Buddhasurya Vihara, Nagaloka, led by Dh. Vivekratna who was assisted by 2 Dhammacharis. 111 students (65 boys and 49 girls) participated in the retreat. During the course of the retreat the participants were introduced to the two basic meditation practices, the Anapanasati and Metta bhavana as well as walking meditation. They were taught about proper posture, the hindrances in meditation, and how to work on them. They were taught how to keep a meditation dairy and how to benefit from silence. Question and answer sessions took place daily
Meditation Theory Teaching by Dh. Vivekratna at Buddhasurya Vihar
Meditation Theory Teaching by Dh. Vivekratna at Buddhasurya Vihar
Retreat Participants
Retreat Participants

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Dhamma Mitra Ceremony

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Sunday, August 7th, 2016

On 10th July, Ashad full moon day, the day when the Buddha is said to have started his teaching at the Deer Park in Sarnath, eleven people became Dhamma Mitras, through which they enter into systematic spiritual training within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community.
Dh. Vivekratna spoke on “The Significance of the Dhamma Mitra Ceremony”. He later conducted the ceremony in which the new Dhamma Mitras make three undertakings to do with the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and the Triratna Community.
Dhamma Mitra Ceremony

Making the three undertakings in the front of all the participants.
Making the three undertakings in the front of all the participants.
Team Members with New Dhamma Mitras
Team Members with New Dhamma Mitras

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3rd July 2016 fifteenth year of Dhammasekhiya Training

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Sunday, August 7th, 2016

On 3rd July the fifteenth year of Dhammasekhiya Training was inaugurated inthe Nagarjuna Institute at Nagaloka. Mr. Rajshekhar Undru (IAS, Joint Secretary, Dept. of Pharmaceuticals) was the chief guest and spoke on “ The Importance of Spiritual Training”. Prof Chandu Maske, soon to become the Principal of the BA College run by Nagarjuna Institute, and Dh Vivekratna, the overall Director, also spoke. There were 103 trainees (46 women and 57 men) from 19 different states present. The programme ended with Pali Puja.

Inauguration photo
The Dhammasekhiya residential training course lasts for eight months. Most of the students are completely new to the Dhamma. During the course the students learn about the basic teachings of the Buddha, Dr, Ambedkar’s main teachings, especially his contribution to Buddhism. They practice meditation and chanting twice a day. They also learn the basics of social work. At the end of eight months they receive a certificate. Some go on to do the three year BA course, Nagarjuna Institute runs as part of Nagpur University.

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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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21st May 2016, Buddha Jayanti or Vaishaka Purnima (Full moon day)

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Sunday, August 7th, 2016

At Nagaloka Buddha Jayanti was celebrated in front of the Walking Buddha statue. Dh. Pragyaratna explained the significance of the day. This was followed by Pali chanting led by Dh. Ratnanishta. Dh.Vivekratna gave the main talk focussing on Siddartha’s commitment to the goal, the struggles he underwent, that he never turned back from his determination to realise the truth. He illustrated his talk with many stories. Buddha Jayanti or Vaishaka Purnima

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TELANGANA STATE VISIT

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Dh,Manidhamma and Dh Nagadeep visited Nizamabad, in the new State of Telangana to celebrate Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s 125th birth Anniversary. Programmes were organised by Nagaloka alumni, and the Lokakalyan Trust which some of them have established. The Trust also organised distribution of sweets and food. Throughout the day they visited various localities including, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, Lumbini Buddha Vihar, the Central Food Corporation of India Warehouse, Pulang, Nagaram Village, 80 Quarters. Some were very poor slums, and in some places this programme had not been celebrated before. In each place talks on the significance of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s life were given and Buddhist pujas conducted. Cultural programmes were also organised in some places where the talks were given.

TELANGANA STATE VISIT
Talk By Dh Manidhamma at Lumbini Buddha

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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.

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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 BASELINE SURVEY

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, February 29th, 2016

The workshop on baseline survey was organised at seminar room in Training Building, Nagaloka from 16th to 20th December, 2015. The workshop was attended by 18 alumni (10 male and 8 female). The overall aim of the workshop was to provide skill in order for ascertaining the socio-economic status of a given area; to develop an investigative attitude among socially engaged alumni; and to provide analytical skills for the information extracted from baseline. Mr. Gauthama Prabhu, Director of Nagarjuna Training Institute, Nagaloka led the workshop.

The workshop began with an introductory address on need of baseline survey and method to conduct baseline survey. During the workshop, participants were divided into groups and sent to various areas namely Indora, Dhammadeep Nagar, Sanjay Gandhi Nagar and Pili Nadhi located in Nagpur city and Rama Nagar, Kamgar Nagar, Kumhare Colony and Ramgarh of Kamptee Tehsil. Alumni visited the Balwadi centre of these areas and gathered basic information about the centre. During the field visits, alumni explored the functioning of Balwadi centre, Maternal and child care, social problems and socio-economic background of selected localities. With the support of Balwadi staffs, alumni conducted home visit and interview some of the community people. After the field visit, each group gave presentation of their findings and shared their field experiences.

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CELEBRATION OF BAHUJAN HITAYA BAHUJAN SUKHAYA, 2015

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Monday, January 4th, 2016

Thousands of people from Nagpur and nearby districts visited Nagaloka to celebrate Bahujan Hitaya Bahujan Sukhaya Day, otherwise known as Sangha Day, on 25th November, 2015 in honour of the Buddha Sangha, the Buddhist spiritual community. Dhammachari Lokamitra presided over the ceremony. The three distinguished academicians, Professor Savi Sawarkar (University of Delhi), Professor Aloysius (Pondicherry University) and Dhammachari Maitrivir Nagarjuna (English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad) were invited to speak on this occasion with Dhammachari Maitreyanath as Master of Ceremonies.

Professor Aloysius gave a talk on “Breaking down Barriers of Inequality”. He opined that the world is suffering from pain and the main cause of pain or suffering is discrimination because of religion, language, caste, creed etc. This discrimination is spreading and growing in the Indian society. The only way to change this is to make Dhamma as universal based on knowledge, loving kindness and purity of action. Professor Sawarkar’s talk was on “Dhamma as Empowerment” in which he stated that Dhamma is a platform of reconstruction. He emphasised on the transformation of mind through art and culture, and the importance of art in Dhamma revolution. Dhammachari Maitrivir Nagarjuna explained the significance of Sangha Day (the day of fraternity). He initiated his speech by explaining Dhamma as governance based on the value of equality, liberty and fraternity and social transformation through Sangha.

Dhammachari Lokamitra speech was focused on Dr. Ambedkar’s ideal society based on liberty, equality and fraternity. Recounting the mass conversion of Buddhism by Dr. Ambedkar in Nagpur, Lokamitra stated that Babasaheb’s expression of Dhamma in these three words – liberty, equality, and fraternity is the essence of Dhamma Revolution and constituted a new turning of the Wheel of the Dhamma,or Dhammachakra pravartan. He said that the key to freedom of mind is cultivation of awareness. Further, he added the essence of sangha, the essence of democracy and equivalent of fraternity is maîtri. He concluded with the key point on keeping the wheel of Dhamma revolving and never let it get stuck.

On this special day, Nagaloka also offered lunch to nearly 1000 visitors. Later in afternoon, nearly 250 Dhammamitras gathered to reaffirm their commitment to Buddhist practices and traditions. The ceremony was led by Dhammachari Vivekratna and supported by Dhammacharini Jayakirti.

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