Festivals are an important aspect of Buddhist tradition. These days are important for members of the Triratna Buddhist Community to gather for collective practice, to express devotion and gratitude for the three jewels (triratna) of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. Events are also held to commemorate the Buddha's final passing away (parinirvana) and to celebrate the great teacher Padmasambhava.
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Event Dates: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 during Friends Night
The great leader and reformer Dr. Ambedkar was born into one of the lowest social castes in India, but died as a highly respected reformer, scholar, and Buddhist. During his radical life he became a transformer of unjust social life in India. His leadership in social and economic justice and personal inspiration has affected millions of people both within and outside of India. His connection to Sangharakshita (the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community) continues to have a lasting and important effect.
6:00 Indian dinner prepared by Harshal Dofe
7:00 Meditation and reading of selected teachings of Dr. Ambedkar
8:00 Video presentation and guest speakers Sanjay Bhagat and Suraj Yengde about Ambedkar’s life, work, and conversion to Buddhism, followed by discussion.
Information will be available about the status of Buddhism in India today and how we can support it.
With all of Friends Night activities, you are free to participate or to just sit and listen – nothing is compulsory. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
|Times:||Tuesday, Oct. 11th 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.|
|Fee:||Donations for the Indian Dhamma Trust|
|Level:||Open to All|