Freedom from Bias

…As a Movement, and especially as an Order, we must take a much more active part in combatting prejudice and discrimination…we must do everything in our power to counteract this menace, which is obviously quite opposed to the whole spirit of the dharma.’

-Bhante, on the topic of racial prejudice,
from “The Next Twenty Years”, a talk on Order Day, 1988

This seminar is the first in what we hope will be a series of seminars and retreats seeking to discover how the fundamental Dharmic principles of our Order and Movement can more effectively contribute to social change.  In particular we will investigate what Dr Ambedkar called “Systems of Graded Inequality”, especially those of race and caste, and explore how we as an Order can uncover a deeper inspiration within the Dharma to overcome the challenges these and other social issues present.

The work of Dr B R Ambedkar is the outstanding example of the application of the Dharma to social transformation. Our starting point for this series will be what Bhante learned from Dr Ambedkar and the core inspiration behind our movement in India. We will examine key texts by Bhante and Dr Ambedkar such as Ambedkar and Buddhism, Annihilation of Caste, and The Buddha and the Future of His Religion, and try to see what we can learn from our movement in India that can be applied to combat other forms of inequality.  

In this first event we will work together to discern principles that we hope will give rise to new thinking about how we as an Order can become a more effective force for bringing about real social change. We hope that will provide the Dharmic foundations for future events during which we can go further and deeper, with a more experiential focus. As well as presentations, discussion, and personal stories, we will be engaging in spiritual practice that supports our enquiry. We will especially be contemplating the apraṇihita vimokṣamukha: “The Unbiased Gateway to Liberation”, which is the transcendental antithesis of the suffering that bias creates.

Freedom from Bias

Led by Subhuti with an international team, including Suryagupta, Amrutdeep and Abhayadana

and other Order members inspired by Dr Ambedkar and social transformation. 

Reception is from 4pm on the day of arrival, with the retreat beginning with supper at 6pm.

The retreat will finish in the morning after the clear-up. If traveling on public transport, please book a train after 11am.

This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order

Start Date: 18th Nov 2022
End Date: 25th Nov 2022
Event Type: Residential
Deposit: £70
Price: £270 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £195 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))

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