Thursday, December 17, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Celebrating Dhamma Chakka Parivartan Diwas in Hungary


Celebrating Dhamma Chakka Parivartan Diwas in Hungary

By Pardeep Singh Attri

Dispatches from Hungary -III

When a senior Indian embassy official in Hungary is invited in a programme celebrating one of the historic national event of 20th century India, he speaks on every thing under the sun except on the event and fails to utter a single word on the most important figure involved with that particular event and his life and struggles.

This peice is in continution of articles written by Pardeep Singh Attri on his vist to Hungary.  Read his previous two articles:  Dispatches from Hungary - I and Dispatches from Hungary- II.

"I tell you, religion is for man and not man for religion. If you want to organize, consolidate and successful in this world, change this (Hindu) religion" – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

dsc00618Dhamma Chakka Parivartan means 'setting in motion the wheel of Dhamma' andDiwas means 'Day'. This is the day to refresh our memories of the very first sermon given by Buddha to his five disciples at Sarnath.

Also on 14th October, 1956, Babasaheb Ambedkar took diksha in Buddhism along with more than half a million people leaving behind the caste-virus of Hinduism.

Traces of Buddhism in Hungary can be found since 15th century (it's around the same time when gypsies/romas migrated from Balkan regions of India, so it can be possible Buddhism here in Hungary may have been brought by these gypsies/romas)Read more… » 

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