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Dr Ambedkar's Conversion

by Maitrivir-Nagarjuna

Maitrivir-Nagarjuna's excellent talk recorded for the San Francisco sangha's celebration of the anniversary of the great mass conversion initiated by Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, the great leader of the Dalit community of Indian Buddhists. It is a pretty comprehensive oveview of why Dr. Ambdekar converted to Buddhism, the significance of the anniversary itself, and Ambedkar's vision of 'prabuddha bharat': Enlightened India, and, in fact, an Enlightened world.

Talk given in 2009

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1. Introduction; Dr. Ambedkar's Last Act; Liberty, Equality, Fraternity As the Buddha's Teaching (3:49) 
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2. The revival of Buddhism in India as a serious teaching for the masses; the background of conversion - religion and inequality between individuals and classes (5:03) 
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3. Inequality's relationship to mind; why Dr. Ambedkar chose Buddhism; universality; ethics (shila) and society (3:58) 
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4. The promotion of self-development versus worldly ways; mind being at the centre of all; meaning of the three refuges; 'the prabuddha society' (3:42) 
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5. The Benefit For Non-Dalits In India; the Hope For a Buddhist Revival In Buddhism's Homeland (1:33) 


Total running time: 18:05

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