The Dhamma Sekhiya Course

The Dhamma Sekhiya Course is an 8th-month residential course conducted under the Nagarjuna Training Institute, Nagaloka, Nagpur. The objective of this course is to train youths, from all over India, for making the Prabuddha Bharat envisioned by Dr. Baba Sahaeb Ambedkar. This course provides an introduction to the most basic Buddhist teachings including meditation such as the Anapanasati (Mindfulness of Breathing), Metta Bhavana (Cultivation of Universal Loving Kindness), as well as devotional practices or Puja with scientific and rational meaning.  The approach is grounded in the basic teachings of the Nikayas/Agamas, but with an emphasis on the Bodhisattva ideal as exemplified by Dr. Ambedkar.  Throughout the course, students will learn how to conduct basic Buddhist ceremonies and will be able to spread the basic Dhamma teaching to develop cultural aspects in terms of making India enlighten.

The course contents the major writings, speeches, and thoughts of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on Buddhism and the social/ Buddhist history of India.  This includes his analysis of the annihilation of caste and his vision for creating a caste-free society based on the four principles of liberty, equality, fraternity, and justice based on Buddhist values.

As we know that due to the unprecedented calamity of Covid-19 lead nationwide lockdown, we have decided, instead of residential training, we should go with online training this year. Therefore we started an online selection procedure for the Dhamma Sekhiya course in which we are going to select 32 candidates.

Eligibility for Online Dhammasekhiya Students:

  1. Age preferably between 18 to 40. ( exceptions can be made )
  2. The qualification must be 12th passed or equivalent.
  3. Reasonable written and verbal fluency in HINDI and ENGLISH.
  4. Students should have basic Internet knowledge and have smartphones or equivalent equipment for online classes.
  5. Students should have a strong desire to understand Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Buddha, practice Buddhism, as well as its social implications.

Admission Schedule:

  1. Applications are invited from 16 male and 16 female candidates from all over India.
  2. Application forms as well as the prospectus can be obtained from the website of Nagarjuna Training Institute.
  3. The last date for the submission of Application form is 31st July 2020. (The only website uploaded  Applications are accepted)
  4. The candidates will be selected based on their Application form, entrance and interview, and their coordination with the local organisation.
  5. The final selection list will be displayed on 14th August 2020.
  6. The course will commence on 29th August 2020 and conclude on the 31st of December 2020.

Code of conduct:

  1. Trainees should participate in all the online program activities, eg. Web room teaching, group discussion, presentations, etc. The classes will be every day from 10. 00 am. to 1.00  pm. except Sunday.
  2. Trainees should give up bad habits, eg. Chewing tobacco, smoking, taking alcohol, etc.
  3. Trainees should have to stay for the whole period of the course. If you need any leaves at Emergency, he or she must have prior consideration from the Authority.
  4. During the whole period of course the trainee should keep in contact with one Ex-trainee/Alumni as his/her mentor from the respective States.