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International Order Convention 2009 - Lokamitra

by Lokamitra

Lokamitra speaks at the 2009 International Order Convention in Bodh Gaya on the history of the modern Buddhist movement in India and the founding of the TBMSG. He draws parallels between Dr. Ambedkar's and Sangharakshita's approach to the Dharma, particularly their common emphasis on social change.

He addresses the stunning rebirth and growth of Buddhism in India, the positive work undertaken by the TBMSG and FWBO in the region, and the potential for Buddhists in India to have an impact on the future of their country and the rest of the world.

Recorded 2009 at Bodh Gaya, India. Includes translations.

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1. Lokamitra compares his visits to Bodh Gaya and reflects on the history of the TBMSG (6:15) 
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2. Four factors that aided the growth of the TBMSG; similarities between Bhante's and Dr. Ambedkar's approach (13:53) 
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3. Early days of the TBMSG; creating an Indian Dharma movement (8:07) 
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4. The amazing growth and potential of Buddhism in India (6:58) 
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5. Working with Dalit communities to rise above their caste and raise awareness (4:39) 
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6. Empowerment through the Dharma; the importance of unification of lower castes to destroy divisiveness (6:30) 
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7. How the TBMSG is beginning to bring Dr. Ambedkar's vision into reality in India and beyond (5:53) 
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8. Communication between TBMSG and the FWBO; learning from each other (5:41) 
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9. How the movement in India will influence the world in the next generation; conclusion (7:55) 

Total running time: 1:05:51