Thursday, January 21, 2010

[ZESTCaste] “Dr Ambedkar’s Buddhist movement is, I believe, the best hope for Buddhism in the world today” - An interview with Dh. Subhuti


"Dr Ambedkar's Buddhist movement is, I believe, the best hope for Buddhism in the world today"

An Interview with Dhammachari Subhuti

By Anoop Kumar

Dhammachari Subhuti, a British born, is an ordained member of International Buddhist order known as Friends of Western Buddhist Order (FWBO). This order was founded in London in 1967 by another British Buddhist monk known as Urgyen Sangharakshita to promote Buddhism in the West. Highly impressed by Babasaheb Ambedkar's interpretation of Buddhism and its role in contemporary times, this Buddhist Order has been working with Indian Buddhists from ex-untouchable communities since last thirty years through its Indian wing known as Trailokya Bauddha Mahasangha Sahayak Gana (TBMSG).  However, recently the Order has been renamed as the Triratna Buddhist Order(Triratna Bauddha Mahasangha) and the wider movement is called the Friends of the Triratna Buddhist Order or Triratna Bauddha Mahasangha Sahayak Gana in Hindi (TBMSG).


Dh. Subhuti speaking before Buddhist youth in Baudhgaya, Bihar (December 19th, 2009)

TBMSG has been working for the last thirty years in Maharashtra, and in some other states too, among the Dalits who have embraced Buddhism following in the footsteps of Babasaheb Ambedkar. How did your association with Ambedkarite Buddhism and Dalits begin?

Though our Indian wing was formed in 1979 as Trailokya Bauddha Mahasangha Sahayaka Gana, but our relationship with Dr Ambedkar and his Buddhist followers goes long back, even before the time of Babasaheb's conversion to Buddhism in 1956.

Urgyen Sangharakshita, our teacher and the founder of TBMSG, although he was born in England, was at that time living in Kalimpong in West Bengal, where he had settled after his ordination as a bhikkhu. He first encountered Dr Ambedkar in 1950, when he read 'The Buddha and the Future of His Religion' in the Mahabodhi Journal. Read more… »

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