Hearing the Cries of the World
A Day Celebrating Dr Ambedkar

Sunday 14th October 10:00am - 4:30pm. Led by Atulyamati.

On Sunday 14th October Atulyamati will be leading a day celebrating Dr Ambedkar, a radical social reformer and politician who in 1956 led a mass conversion of Dalits from Hinduism to Buddhism. The day runs 10:00am - 4:30pm and will include meditation, some inspiring talks from Sangha members, discussion, a group lunch, and pūjā.

Sangharakshita, who would later found the Triratna Buddhist Community was a monk in India at the time of this conversion and knew Ambedkar. After Ambedkar's death, just a few weeks after the conversion, Sangharakshita travelled extensively teaching and giving speeches in the new Buddhist communities of India. He delivered about 400 lectures and initiated more than 100,000 people into Buddhism.

The day is not only about Dr Ambedkar himself, but about how we as Buddhists can engage with suffering in the world in our own individual ways. Even if you're not familiar with the work and life of Dr Ambedkar, it will be an engaging day.

All are welcome.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about Dr Ambedkar


Time Activity
10:00am Welcome to the day and introductions
10:30am Brief introduction to Dr Ambedkar and his life
11:00pm Talk on Ambedkarite Buddhism by Param
11:30pm Tea Break
12:00pm A series of short talks on environmental & social issues with discussion — Talks by Emma on Oceans and Lizzie on Equality
1:00pm Lunch*
2:30pm Talks Continued— Talks by Sophie on Refugees and Michelle on Animals
3:30pm Pūjā dedicated to Dr Ambedkar
4:30pm Clear up and depart

* All of our day events run a “bring and share” style lunch, so please bring food to share. All food brought into the centre must be vegetarian, but as many of those attending will be vegan, we suggest vegan only food.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to have been coming?

Everyone is welcome, but the day will be especially suitable for those know the stages to the two meditations taught at the centre.

I'm not a very good cook - what food can I bring?

We can never have enough of the basics: things like salad, bread, hummus, crisps and fruit always go down well.

Do I need to book?

No - just turn up!

I can't make the whole day - can I come for just some of it?

Of course! Many people who come for half the day will come just for the morning, leaving at lunch time, or the other way around. But you're welcome to come for whatever parts of the day you can make - just try to turn up at one of the times on the programme so we're not in the middle of an activity.

What is pūjā?

A pūjā is a traditional Buddhist ritual that includes chanting and making offerings.

It is probable that there will be several people who have never done pūjā before so we will be sure to give an introduction.

How much does the day cost?

All of our events are run on a donation basis. There is no set charge, we just ask you to give what you can to support the event.

Where to Find Us

We're just off St. Botolph's Roundabout, across from the Colchester Town Station, just to the left of Mersea Road. Parking is available in Britannia Car Park (behind the station) for £1 or Napier Road Car Park (first right off Mersea Road) for £2.50.

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