B.R. Ambedkar and the Dalit Buddhist Movement — from Monkey Mind

iStock_000024769451_SmallOn the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Indian Dalit hero known as Babasaheb, James Ford, Soto Zen priest and Unitarian Universalist minister, wrote this fitting tribute in his blog, Monkey Mind: B.R. Ambedkar and the Dalit Buddhist Movement.

Babasaheb created a new form of Buddhism to fit his people, the Dalit, formerly known as Untouchables. I hesitate to classify him, but you can pick your own hero of the Civil Rights movement in the United States to compare him to.

— Mel Pine (Urgyen Jigme)

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  1. Peace Paul says:

    Jai Bhim!!! Our Buddhist organization has been fortunate to work with a Dalit community in Delhi for well over ten years now. The Dalit Buddhists in India are a very large group. However, the unfortunate reality is that they are largely unsupported by other Buddhists. The Triratna Buddhist Order has done a lot of work with them over the years but not a lot of other groups have tried to help the Dalit Buddhists.

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