Event Dates: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 during Friends Night

This event will mark the 60th anniversary of the occasion on which 400,000 people converted to Buddhism under the leadership of Dr. Ambedkar.dr-_bhim_rao_ambedkar

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.

Led by: Various
Times: Tuesday, Oct. 11th 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Donations for the Indian Dhamma Trust
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
Aryaloka has collection boxes in the entryway for local charities. Aryaloka is currently collecting for the Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth. Safe Harbor provides support and resources for anyone affected by alcohol and drug addiction. Safe Harbor needs cleaning products, office supplies, and personal care items. We are also collecting non-perishable food for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Please feel free to bring a donation for these charities when you arrive. Your generosity makes such a difference in many people’s lives! We thank you for your past donations and encourage you to continue. With gratitude, the Generosity Kula.