Nagaloka News


Posted in: Meetings and Events on Sunday, January 21st, 2018

The AGM was held on 21st January 2018 at Nagaloka to evaluate all the activities in the year 2017. The meeting was facilitated by Lokamitra and Maitreyanath. There were 19 AGM members participating. Each of the AGM members presented a report. The chairmen reported first, then everyone else. The treasurers gave reports too, in some cases seeing the need to rectify their reports. Afterwards there was discussion of main agendas and how they were to be implemented.

  • Discussion to be held at Council meetings
  • Issues regarding Prof. Padmaveer, and who is accountable for legal issues at the College.
  • Wardens’ issues: wardens who should be replaced in the coming year.

All members were now in possession of clear information regarding 2017 activities and beyond. Plans for the future are clear. All issues are to resolved before coming to the next AGM meeting, and reports are to be presented in a clear and meaningful way.




Posted in: Nagaloka News on Sunday, January 21st, 2018

The three days raising resources workshop was held from 21st to 23rd January 2018 in Nagaloka. It was facilitated by Jan Fry from UK and Mangesh Dahiwale from Pune. 25 alumni from 9 states attended the program. Jan Fry, a communication strategist from the UK, shared her work experiences in the social sector. She guided the participants excellently through the framework of funding proposals and basic channels of communications used by NGOs working with communities. The participants, working in groups, were given an exercise to write mock project proposals. Jan Fry’s guidance included frameworks for funding proposals, and she gave some key notes for an effective Proposal.

After her guidance all the Alumni began to write proposals. A total of five proposals came up from the participants. This program also enabled the Nagaloka Association, which is still under the registration process, to come up with a communication framework for publicity purposes and resource management. The framework was worked out during the three days program itself. By the end of the workshop the Alumni were inspired by what they had learned.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Saturday, January 20th, 2018

This teacher’s workshop was held on 20th Jan 2018 at Nagaloka. There were 9 teachers participating. It was conducted by Divya. Its purpose was to evaluate the teachers’ performance and make them aware of how to make a lesson plan. Divya reminded those present of the last few workshops which encouraged them to realize courage the aims of education. Divya gave the group some points to discuss:

  • The teachers were divided into two groups and asked to discuss their own experience while teaching students in the classroom. It was an opportunity to clarify just what was their experience, the difficulties that had to be faced, and how they overcame those.
  • How they reconciled their individual aims with the institutional vision and how they imparted that vision to students while they were teaching the students
  • How did they prepare their lessons before facing the students?

After the discussion, each teacher came to the front and shared what they had learned from the group exercises. All were inspired to identify, understand and bring together their individual vision with the institutional vision. At the end of the session Divya gave each teacher the task of preparing a lesson plan each and every month. The workshop concluded with a vote of thanks by all participants to Divya.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

The workshop was held on 26th December 2017 at Nagaloka. The purpose of the workshop was to train the trainees to understand Ambedkar’s thought. The workshop was conducted by Prof. Maitriveer Nagarjun & Nagamitra. There were around 140 students participating. At that workshop Maitriveer Nagarjun has given a talk on who was Ambedkar & what he has done for our society as well why Amberkar. There were a few points on what he has specified in his talks in order;

  • Why Ambedkar thoughts need in the Modern era
  • Religion for man, not man for religion
  • How people easily influencing by superstition, even in the modern era
  • Concept of god; how people accept things blindly without logical thinking
  • What could be the main principles where we can develop the society by Dr Ambedkar’s views?

All the participants have learnt how to understand the situation in society while working they realized self learning. It was tremendous atmospheres where students can develop themselves. It was also decided to have this kind of workshops ever.



Posted in: Uncategorized on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

The alumni retreat was held from 26th to 30th December 2017 at Nagaloka to deepen the participants’ spiritual practice and learn how to implement that principle in their daily life. It was facilitated by Nagamitra. There were 23 participants, 13 women and ten men. Nagamitra gave a talk on the Seven Bodhiyangas or Limbs of Enlightenment, speaking of how these can be applied in our lives in order to cultivate balance in our mundane activities. They were also helpful, he said, in overcoming our personal problems while trying to lead the spiritual life. After the talk all the students realized the importance of this principle in our daily lives. He introduced this historical teaching of the Buddha in a contemporary and accessible way that people could understand easily. At the end of the retreat, everyone wanted such a retreat held often to further develop their spiritual life.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

The celebration of Dr.Ambedkar Mahaparinirvana Day was held on 6th December 2017 at Nagaloka. It was facilitated by Vivekaratna and the master of ceremonies was Asangavajra. The Purpose of the activity was to remind us of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s great contribution to the Nation. Around 160 people participated, 70 men and 90 women. Vivekaratna gave a talk on Ambedkar’s great contribution. He explained Ambedkar’s special contributions to Indian Society in pointwise order.

  • Everyone should contribute to our society, especially those in the political field
  • There are so many people who do not understand what they can contribute; such people should participate in the realization of Ambedkar’s vision.
  • We all need to prepare ourselves to spread Ambedkar’s vision far and wide to create an Enlightened India.

The students were inspired after hearing Vivekaratna talk about Dr Ambedkar’s great contribution to the nation. All the students were motivated to spread his vision. The local people too who were attending the program were inspired to come forward and support our activities. It was a good opportunity for all to hear a great talk. It was decided to organize talks of this kind at district level so that the great message can be passed on to every community.



Posted in: Uncategorized on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

A full moon day celebration was held on 3rd December 2017 at Nagaloka. Dhammanaga reminded us of the importance of the celebration of the full moon day. The master of ceremonies was Sheelrashmi. There were around 200 participants, 100 men and 100 women. Many people from outside Nagaloka joined us. Dhammanaga gave a talk on the importance of Dr. Ambedkar’s life events, and mentioned the kindness of the Nagaloka gardener who was ill. He also spoke about fear of death and how it affects the students while they study here. He emphasized that the training should be carried out in an atmosphere so positive that it would change and inspire everyone.

In such a way, all the participants realized and understood the importance of the full moon day celebration. They discussed publicizing the full moon day as Buddhist Cultural Day, and to organize a one day program in which local people can participate on this day.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

A Kalama Sutta retreat was held from 3rd to 9th December 2017 at Nagaloka to eradicate false views and develop right views concerning reality. The retreat was facilitated by Vivekaratna. There were 150 participants attending the retreat, 80 women and 70 men. Vivekaratna gave a talk on the Sutta in which he spoke about greatness of this teaching of the Buddha that explained what he did not teach and what he really taught. The main points were:

  • Don’t believe something just because it is written in history
  • Don’t believe a teaching simply because it said by a great man
  • Don’t believe just because it is taught by great teachers
  • Believe a teaching when you have tested it yourself and found that it leads to good results.

After this talk all the students were inspired. They shared their own experiences while living with their families. They all understood the meaning of this teaching of the Buddha, given some 2550 years ago. They also decided to organize a retreat like this regularly. While planning this kind of retreat in future we saw the need to call on more mature people who can support the discussion and promote development.



Posted in: Nagaloka News on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

The Teachers Workshop was held on 28th & 29th November 2017 at Nagaloka. Nine teachers of the B.A.Course, five women and four men participated. The workshop was conducted by Divya. The purpose was to enhance teaching abilities in order to provide value based education in Nagarjun Training Institute, Nagaloka. Divya gave a power point presentation illustrating teachers roles and responsibilities concerning their teaching abilities and classroom management. This helped teachers to refresh and update their knowledge. She has also conducted a test to see how the teachers would evaluate their own performance. Some points she covered and that were also discussed as a group, which the teachers found particularly useful were:

  1. A review of the last few workshops
  2. Desirable characteristics of teachers and classroom management
  3. The promotion of student interaction in the classroom
  4. How teachers should be prepared
  5. What teachers need to do for the students
  6. Performance evaluation of students and teachers
  7. Relationship between teachers and students
  8. The teacher as leader
  9. Knowledge, skills and disposition.
  10. How to communicate subjects in the classroom.

It proved to be a really inspirational presentation, and very fruitful discussion was held. All the teachers expressed their willingness to attend this kind of workshop.



Posted in: Uncategorized on Saturday, November 25th, 2017

A one day Constitution Workshop was held on 25th November 2017 in the Nagpur girl hostel to raise awareness among the students about the Indian Constitution. This workshop was conducted by Prof. Dr. Maiske and organized by Sugatadarini. There were 86 participants, 84 women and two men. Prof. Maiske gave a talk as an Indian citizen how the constitution can help us to understand the principles of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice, and also how the fundamental rights incorporated in the constitution help us to live a valuable life as a human being. He also spoke about the struggles faced by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar while writing our constitution.

After a good talk all the students felt motivated and requested Prof. Maiske to conduct a regular class on the Indian constitution so that they can understand it more deeply. It was decided to set up such a class.