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  • 1. Revival of Buddhism in India
    Presentation by
    Jambudvipa Trust, India
  • 2. Buddhism in India
  • 3. Buddhism reached all over
  • 4. Buddhist sites in India outnumber sites of any religion
  • 5. The caste system: the practice of untouchability
  • 6. The population of the Dalits
    They make up upwards of 25% of India’s population, over250 million people
  • 7. Caste based Atrocities: Visible Manifestations at its worst
    Every 18 minutes:
    A crime is committed against a Dalit
    Every day:
    3 Dalit women are raped
    2 Dalits are murdered & 2 Dalits Houses are burnt in India
    11 Dalits are beaten
    Every week:
    13 Dalits are murdered
    5 Dalits home or possessions are burnt
    6 Dalits are kidnapped or abducted
  • 8. Crimes against SCs/STs according to Government of India: The Holocaste
    26,127 crimes were committed against Dalits (SC/ST) including 1172 rape against Dalit women and 669 cases of murder reported (India's National Crime Records Bureau, 2005)
  • 9. Forced apart
    Dalits are forced to live separately from caste Hindus. In cities like Kanpur (left), the Dalits are made to live in crowded slums on the fringes of the city. Caste Hindus refuse to enter these slums and the majority of Dalit living areas do not come under the jurisdiction of city police.
  • 10. Living outcastes
  • 11. Mechanisms to fight caste: Dr. Ambedkar’s method
    • Legal/political
    • 12. Social and Economic
    • 13. Ideological/philosophical
  • Legal/Political
    • Constitutional Rights (Chief architect of Indian constitution in India is Dr. Ambedkar)
    • 14. The Hindu Code Bill
    • 15. Prevention of Atrocities Act
    • 16. Reducing “Democracy Deficit” by promoting social and economic democracy
  • 17. Social and Economic
    • Affirmative Action
    Reservation in Education
    Political reservation
    Reservation in Services
    (However, most of the seats reserved for SCs/STs are not filled)
    • Special safeguards
    • 18. Freedom to discard religion
    However, some state government are trying to take away this freedom
  • 19. Ideological/philosophical
    • Fighting wrong notions which are supported by religion
    New ideas, such as social democracy, have not yet been thoroughly disseminated, absorbed and utilized
    • Challenging authority of scriptures and culture that supports and sustains caste ideas
    • 20. Promoting secularisation and democratisation of society as mandated in the constitution
    • 21. Buddhism as a method to transform self and world
  • Peaceful social revolution
    “Positively, my social philosophy may be said to be enshrined in three words: Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Let no one, however, say that I have borrowed my philosophy from the French Revolution. I have not. My philosophy has roots in religion and not in political science. I have derived them from the teachings of my master, the Buddha.”
    (October 3,1954, Dr. Ambedkar)
  • 22. Liberation from the hell of caste in October 1956
  • 23. In 1956
  • 24. Celebrating 50 years of Buddhism in 2006
  • 25. Resurgence of Buddhism is taking place all over India and many followers of Dr. Ambedkar are becoming Buddhists
  • 26. Significance of conversion to Buddhism
    Buddhism itself
  • 27. Strategies
    Training Teachers of Dhamma
    2)Experienced Teachers from all over the world
    The revival of Buddhism in India is the key to the revival of Buddhism worldwide
  • 28. What we have been doing so far..
    1) Training people in Buddhist practices of Sila, Samadhi and Prajna
    2)Build Sangha/communities of people taking interest in the Dhamma
    3)Preach and propagate the Dhamma through classes and meditation retreats
    4)Help those who are suffering, in normal times and exigencies
  • 29.
  • 30. Training people from all over India
    Nagarjuna Training Institute is dedicated to this work, and we are planning to form a bigger centre for training which can train 500 people every year
  • 31. So far more than 350 students are trained
  • 32.
  • 33. Creating awareness about the situation
    Through conferences and Seminars
    Visiting brothers and sisters in other countriesto get support for Buddhist movement in India
  • 34. INEB 2005
  • 35. International conference on Ambedkar and Buddhism in 2006
  • 36. Thank You