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Remembering Ambedkar

by Sangharakshita

Here is a brand new talk by Urgyen Sangharakshita, a remembrance - at times highly evocative and moving - of the later years and death of a true Indian hero: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. Dr. Ambedkar founded the Movement of mass conversions by ex-'Untouchables' ('Dalits') to Buddhism in order to escape the everyday oppressions and active persecutions they were subject to under the Hindu caste system. That movement, begun in 1956 as a deeply political act, continues today - and Sangharakshita recalls his own involvement, as well as drawing out some robust lessons for contemporary western Buddhists. We are offered a truly radical vision of a practice of Buddhism that revolutionizes all aspects of how we live. In that sense, this is nothing short of a challenging, if kindly, broadside of a talk.

Talk given at the London Buddhist Centre, 2006

Total running time: 44:12