Revival of Buddhism in India<br />Presentation by <br />MangeshDahiwale<br />Jambudvipa Trust, India<br />
Buddhism in India<br />
Buddhism reached all over<br />
Buddhist sites in India outnumber sites of any religion<br />
The caste system: the practice of untouchability<br />
The population of the Dalits<br />They make up upwards of 25% of India’s population, over250 million people<br />
Caste based Atrocities: Visible Manifestations at its worst<br />Every 18 minutes:<br />A crime is committed against a Dal...
Crimes against SCs/STs according to Government of India: The Holocaste<br />	26,127 crimes were committed against Dalits (...
Forced apart<br />Dalits are forced to live separately from caste Hindus. In cities like Kanpur (left), the Dalits are mad...
Living outcastes<br />
Mechanisms to fight caste: Dr. Ambedkar’s method <br /><ul><li>Legal/political
Social and Economic
Ideological/philosophical</li></li></ul><li>Legal/Political<br /><ul><li>Constitutional Rights (Chief architect of Indian ...
The Hindu Code Bill
Prevention of Atrocities Act
Reducing “Democracy Deficit” by promoting social and economic democracy</li></li></ul><li>
Social and Economic<br /><ul><li>Affirmative Action</li></ul>Reservation in Education<br />Political reservation<br />Rese...
Freedom to discard religion</li></ul>However, some state government are trying to take away this freedom<br />
Ideological/philosophical<br /><ul><li>Fighting wrong notions which are supported by religion</li></ul>New ideas, such as ...
Promoting secularisation and democratisation of society as mandated in the constitution
Buddhism as a method to transform self and world</li></li></ul><li>Peaceful social revolution<br />	“Positively, my social...
Liberation from the hell of caste in October 1956<br />
In 1956<br />
Celebrating 50 years of Buddhism in 2006<br />
Resurgence of Buddhism is taking place all over India and many followers of Dr. Ambedkar are becoming Buddhists<br />
Significance of conversion to Buddhism<br />Untouchables<br />Indians<br />Buddhism itself<br />World<br />
Strategies<br />Training Teachers of Dhamma<br />1)Indians<br />2)Experienced Teachers from all over the world<br />The re...
What we have been doing so far..<br />1) Training people in Buddhist practices of Sila, Samadhi and Prajna<br />2)Build Sa...
Training people from all over India<br />Nagarjuna Training Institute is dedicated to this work, and we are planning to fo...
So far more than 350 students are trained<br />
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Buddhism In India

  1. 1. Revival of Buddhism in India<br />Presentation by <br />MangeshDahiwale<br />Jambudvipa Trust, India<br />
  2. 2. Buddhism in India<br />
  3. 3. Buddhism reached all over<br />
  4. 4. Buddhist sites in India outnumber sites of any religion<br />
  5. 5. The caste system: the practice of untouchability<br />
  6. 6. The population of the Dalits<br />They make up upwards of 25% of India’s population, over250 million people<br />
  7. 7. Caste based Atrocities: Visible Manifestations at its worst<br />Every 18 minutes:<br />A crime is committed against a Dalit <br />Every day:<br />3 Dalit women are raped <br />2 Dalits are murdered & 2 Dalits Houses are burnt in India <br />11 Dalits are beaten <br />Every week:<br />13 Dalits are murdered <br />5 Dalits home or possessions are burnt <br />6 Dalits are kidnapped or abducted <br />
  8. 8. Crimes against SCs/STs according to Government of India: The Holocaste<br /> 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)<br />
  9. 9. Forced apart<br />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. <br />
  10. 10. Living outcastes<br />
  11. 11. Mechanisms to fight caste: Dr. Ambedkar’s method <br /><ul><li>Legal/political
  12. 12. Social and Economic
  13. 13. Ideological/philosophical</li></li></ul><li>Legal/Political<br /><ul><li>Constitutional Rights (Chief architect of Indian constitution in India is Dr. Ambedkar)
  14. 14. The Hindu Code Bill
  15. 15. Prevention of Atrocities Act
  16. 16. Reducing “Democracy Deficit” by promoting social and economic democracy</li></li></ul><li>
  17. 17. Social and Economic<br /><ul><li>Affirmative Action</li></ul>Reservation in Education<br />Political reservation<br />Reservation in Services<br />(However, most of the seats reserved for SCs/STs are not filled)<br /><ul><li>Special safeguards
  18. 18. Freedom to discard religion</li></ul>However, some state government are trying to take away this freedom<br />
  19. 19. Ideological/philosophical<br /><ul><li>Fighting wrong notions which are supported by religion</li></ul>New ideas, such as social democracy, have not yet been thoroughly disseminated, absorbed and utilized<br /><ul><li>Challenging authority of scriptures and culture that supports and sustains caste ideas
  20. 20. Promoting secularisation and democratisation of society as mandated in the constitution
  21. 21. Buddhism as a method to transform self and world</li></li></ul><li>Peaceful social revolution<br /> “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.”<br /> (October 3,1954, Dr. Ambedkar)<br />
  22. 22. Liberation from the hell of caste in October 1956<br />
  23. 23. In 1956<br />
  24. 24. Celebrating 50 years of Buddhism in 2006<br />
  25. 25. Resurgence of Buddhism is taking place all over India and many followers of Dr. Ambedkar are becoming Buddhists<br />
  26. 26. Significance of conversion to Buddhism<br />Untouchables<br />Indians<br />Buddhism itself<br />World<br />
  27. 27. Strategies<br />Training Teachers of Dhamma<br />1)Indians<br />2)Experienced Teachers from all over the world<br />The revival of Buddhism in India is the key to the revival of Buddhism worldwide<br />
  28. 28. What we have been doing so far..<br />1) Training people in Buddhist practices of Sila, Samadhi and Prajna<br />2)Build Sangha/communities of people taking interest in the Dhamma<br />3)Preach and propagate the Dhamma through classes and meditation retreats<br />4)Help those who are suffering, in normal times and exigencies<br />
  29. 29.
  30. 30. Training people from all over India<br />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<br />
  31. 31. So far more than 350 students are trained<br />
  32. 32.
  33. 33. Creating awareness about the situation<br />Through conferences and Seminars<br />Visiting brothers and sisters in other countriesto get support for Buddhist movement in India<br />
  34. 34. INEB 2005<br />
  35. 35. International conference on Ambedkar and Buddhism in 2006<br />
  36. 36. Thank You<br />

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