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Dr Ambedkar Festival

Mon 14th Oct : 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dr Ambedkar in 1950

Amoghasiddhi, one of our most senior Order members from India, and Vajratara from the women’s ordination team and India Dhamma Trust, visit us to lead an evening dedicated to the great social reformer Dr Ambedkar. This is a precious opportunity to join two very eminent and inspiring members of the Triratna Buddhist Order in celebrating a highly significant moment of change.

Dr Ambedkar, Buddhism and Society

14th October commemorates the day in 1956 when 400,000 people embraced Buddhism in India, leaving behind social injustice and entering into a Buddhist path of practice, with Dr Ambedkar behind this momentous occasion.

Having tried social and political action to remove inequality in society, Dr Ambedkar believed the Buddhist path was the key to a powerful and peaceful social revolution. Amoghasiddhi and Vajratara will lead an evening celebrating this occasion and learning about how Buddhism can create the conditions for social change, as relevant now as it was in 1956.

Who is the event for?

It’s for Order members, Mitras and Centre regulars who have completed a Buddhism Going Deeper course. Please get in touch if you’re not sure.
No need to book, just turn up a few minutes before we start. No charge, but as an unfunded charity, we rely on the generosity of people who use and value the Centre to help cover running costs, over £6,000 a week. We will welcome donations on the day and beyond.

• More about Dr Ambedkar and Buddhism – pdf format (but it’s a whole book!)
And some videos . . .
More about festivals and ritual here

Health Issues

If there are any health issues, physical, emotional or mental, that could affect your participation in a course or event, please contact the Buddhist Centre on 0161 834 9232, and ask to talk confidentially to one of our Order members, before deciding whether to attend.


Mon 14th Oct
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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16-20 Turner Street
Manchester, M4 1DZ United Kingdom
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