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Free Buddhist AudioOur FBA Podcast this week is by Vajratara entitled Dr Ambedkar and His Importance For the Future of Buddhism.

Vajratara argues that Dr Ambedkar is not just relevant for India or for the oppressed, but essential for modern Buddhism all over the world, challenging us to move beyond a comfortable Buddhism that fits neatly into modern consumer society. The talk was given at a retreat at Rivendell for young people comparing the teachings of Dr Ambedkar and Sangharakshita, 2014.

Direct download: Podcast398.mp3
Category:FBA Podcast -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

Free Buddhist AudioIn a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the mass conversion to Buddhism of Dr Ambedkar and thousands of his followers, Nagabodhi tells the story of Ambedkar and the role that Sangharakshita was to play in supporting the nascent Buddhist movement of ex-Untouchables.

This week’sFBA Podcast by Nagabodhi, Dr Ambedkar and Sangharakshita, was given at North London Buddhist Centre, 2016.

Direct download: Podcast397.mp3
Category:FBA Podcast -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

Free Buddhist AudioIn this week’s FBA Podcast Subhuti offers The Significance of Dr Ambedkar In the West.

Speaking during a festival day in 2010 held to celebrate the life of Dr Ambedkar, Subhuti speaks about what significance Dr Ambedkar has outside India.

The main thrust of the talk is a list of three reasons why someone might convert to Buddhism, enumerated by Dr Ambedkar but applied to our situation in the West. Perhaps the most important is Dr Ambedkar’s insights into the need for society to be grounded in Ethics that are ‘sacred and universal,’ obviously he felt the Dhamma was the best expression of that.

The final section of the talk covers the importance of being engaged in wider society; this has topical relevance with the forthcoming General Election. Subhuti encourages to engage with the democratic process and make the Buddhist voice, calling for awareness and ethicality, be heard.

Direct download: Podcast396.mp3
Category:FBA Podcast -- posted at: 12:22am EDT

Free Buddhist AudioAll bona fide Buddhism is Activism. We want to make the world better right? The issue is energy; how can we cultivate energy in pursuit of the good. In this week’s FBA Podcast, entitled The 4 Gifts, Padmavajra considers 5 fundamental aspects of Virya – known as Energy for Enlightenment.

Direct download: Podcast395.mp3
Category:FBA Podcast -- posted at: 12:13am EDT

Free Buddhist AudioOur FBA Podcast is by Padmasuri entitled The Buddha Was a Friend As We Can Be a Friend. The fourth and final in our series of talks to mark the Year of Kalyana Mitrata at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre.

Direct download: Podcast394.mp3
Category:FBA Podcast -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT