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Dr Ambedkar Day Festival 2017

Sun 15th Oct : 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Dr Ambedkar shrine

A joyous celebration of a great man whose efforts changed the world of millions of oppressed people. This festival commemorates the October 1956 conversion to Buddhism of social campaigner Dr B R Ambedkar, as a way to liberation for himself and his followers.

Who is the event for?

It’s for Order members, Mitras and Centre regulars who have completed a Buddhism Level 2 / Going Deeper course. Please get in touch if you’re not sure.


Chandana will lead the day, which will include:

• 12.30: Shared Indian meal: please bring Indian vegetarian food to share, vegan if you can, labelled if possible
• 1.30 pm: Introduction and meditation
Celebrating Dr Ambedkar: short film
• Talk by Ratnasagara on the personal significance of Dr Ambedkar for him and his family
Jnanasuri on the conversion: short film
• Talk by Shakyajata: In the Footsteps of Ambedkar – Heroic Young Buddhists in Modern India
• Talk by Arthapriya: Dr Ambedkar’s Vision and Western Individualism: The curse of Narcissus . . . Getting over yourself
• Puja, readings and mantra

A significant celebration

Dr Ambedkar’s embracing of Buddhism is celebrated by Buddhists all over India, where millions of Dalits continue to be oppressed by caste prejudice. Triratna Buddhists in India recognise Dr Ambedkar as a huge figure, maybe even a Bodhisattva, but many of us in the West are less clear about his significance.

On the anniversary of Ambedkar’s leading half a million of his people out of caste Hinduism and into Buddhism we learn, through talks and film, why he still remains such a towering figure. We also aim to celebrate with our Sangha friends and have a great afternoon!

• More about Dr Ambedkar and Buddhism – pdf format (but it’s a whole book!)
And some videos . . .

Health issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.

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Sun 15th Oct
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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