Jai Bhim Network

Dear Mr. János Lázár (Majority Leader)

2011.06.17. Categorized: Uncategorized   

Thousand-armed gipsy bodhisattvaThe bill Nr. 3503 “On religious freedom and the legal status of churches and religious communities” before the Hungarian Parliament since 10th of June 2011, deprives JaiBhim Network of its religious status.

Members of the Network seek out isolated villages in order to pray, teach and effect lifestyle changes. The members‘teaching is based on the 2500 year old precept of the Enlightened One: „I take responsibility for my own fate.“ Roma children who have grown up in deepest poverty go to university, illiterates learn to read and write, drunk parents become sober with the help of members of the Network. Buddhist Roma take up the fight against everyday scourges of village life such as electricity theft and truancy, and collect the accumulated rubbish around their homes and communities. The JaiBhim Network cooperates with the Maltese Charity Service, the Ecumenical Education Centre, the Kecskemét Piarists, the Quakers, the I Love Hungary Club, Kaldor College, the Calvinist Alpha College in the Netherlands, the European Buddhist Union as well as the largest group of socially disadvantaged people in the world, the Indian Dalits. Those familiar with Network member’s work understand its necessity.

Today, Hungary’s villages are rife with severe ethnic conflict. Aggressive hate groups and neo-nazi organisations terrorize whole villages such as Gyöngyöspata, Olaszliszka and Tatárszentgyörgy. Luckily, the JaiBhim Network has been able to demonstrate a faithful solution to this nihilist hopelessness through its education and social programme - Dr. Ambedkar School - in several communities including Sajókaza, Alsózsolca, Hegymeg, Ózd, Mágocs, Baksa, Hidas and Alsószentmárton. Our society cannot afford to turn its back on such successful initiatives!

The proposed law endangers the survival of what is probably Hungary’s largest educational institution for Roma children and youngsters - Dr. Ambedkar School - by depriving it of half its budget. Between 2007 and 2011 the Hungarian state provided the same support for this school as it did for other religious schools around the country. Till now, the state has devoted the same resources to the education of a student from a Roma slum as to the students of well known Christian schools in Debrecen, Pannonhalma and Budapest. Will Roma students now be worth just half as much as the children of the elite?

In section 8.§ (2) the proposed law states: The state will cooperate with religious institutions to achieve social goals.

Zoltán Balog, Secretary of State for Social Inclusion recently said: There are many fine examples of integration initiatives in this country, Sajókaza is one. The aim of his visit was to get an idea of how the institution works in its everyday life. He mentioned the outstanding practice of educating children and their parents together. He highlighted the fact that in the world of the Hungarian Romas it is not unusual to meet 35-year-old grandmothers ; Dr. Ambedkar School gives them a second chance. After raising their children they are encouraged to study and acquire a trade. It is doubly motivating when they are given the opportunity to study alongside their children, as mentioned by Mr. Balog. He added that it was important that several generations were able to work together to achieve these goals, and that women were given, and assumed, important roles.

We call on the esteemed Majority Leader to help Roma youngsters following in the footsteps of the Indian Dalits to practice their religious rights.

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To Whom it May Concern

2011.06.04. Categorized: Uncategorized   

Dharmachari Subhuti,
Preceptor, Triratna Buddhist Order,
Madhyamaloka,
30 Chantry Rd,
Moseley,
Birmingham, B13 8DH,
United Kingdom.

Telephone: +44-1678-540440
Email: subhuti@fwbo.org

To Whom it May Concern

I hereby attest that the Jaibhim Religious Network is an authentic Buddhist organisation, practising the Buddha’s teachings in accordance with the scriptures.

I am an ordained member, of 38 years standing, in the Triratna Buddhist Order (formerly known as the Western Buddhist Order), which is an international religious community, Headquartered in the UK, with centres and activities in 30 countries worldwide. I am a senior Preceptor of the Order, qualified to initiate new members.

I have been closely associated with the Jaibhim Network as teacher and patron for the past six years. I am in regular contact with the leaders and founders and visit Hungary twice a year to monitor activities to ensure that they are in conformity with the Buddha’s doctrine, in particular the Three Refuges, the Five Ethical Precepts and the Noble Eightfold Path leading to Enlightenment. I have no doubt that this is the case.

I have personally initiated the leading members of the Network into the first level of ordination and they are my personal disciples. I am preparing some of them for full ordination. I am confident that they are sincere practitioners and that senior members of the Network have a good understanding of the Buddha’s teaching and are actively practising the path of morality, meditation, and Wisdom (sila, samadhi, and prajna) taught by him.

Orsos Janos and Derdak Tibor, the two leading members of the Network, have, on a number of occasions, studied with me in India, where I work for six months each year among Dalit (formerly known as ‘Untouchable’) caste members, who are followers of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, the principal architect of the Indian Constitution, who converted to Buddhism in 1956 to escape the oppressions of the caste system. Dr Ambedkar taught that Buddhism was a way for marginalised people to take their place in society as full and equal citizens contributing to the common good. He was especially concerned that social transformation should take place in a non-violent and law-abiding fashion. They have learned the principles of Dr Ambedkar’s social application of Buddhism and are applying this now in Hungary.

Leading members of the Network come from many areas of Hungary, principally in the North and South, such as Orsos Aniko from Hidas, Lazi Istvan Benu from Sajokaza, Kalanyos Laszlo from Pecs, Glonczi Laszlo from Tiszatardos, Orsos Zoltan and Miklos from Gilvanfa. All of them come from very poor and backward communities and are now having a significant impact on them, helping to transform long standing attitudes and behaviour so that people are able to take their place as useful and law-abiding members of society.

The Jaibhim Relgious Network is a participant in good standing of the European Buddhist Union and works in friendly association with a number of Buddhists groups and organisations all over the world, especially in India. It has been listed for many years in the quarterly newsletter of the Dharma Gate Buddhist Church, where I myself found out about their work. Many other journals and web-sites make respectful reference to the activities of the Network.

If there is any further information I can give concerning the Network, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,
Dharmachari Subhuti

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Roma-Schule mit Tiroler Hilfe

2011.06.02. Categorized: Uncategorized   

Sie haben nichts, leben in Armut und Hoffnungslosigkeit. Ein Schulprojekt soll den Roma in Ungarn Perspektiven geben. Tiroler Schüler helfen mit.

Eine Roma-Abordnung aus Ungarn besuchte Innsbrucker Schüler.Foto: Reisigl (Foto: REDAKTION)

Von Maria Reisigl

Innsbruck – Weit entfernt vom eigentlichen Dorf liegt die Roma-Siedlung im nordungarischen Miskolc. Die Menschen hausen in Baracken in ärmsten Verhältnissen. Sie leben von der nahen Mülldeponie, die meisten von ihnen können weder lesen noch schreiben. Bildung war für sie bis vor wenigen Jahren ein Fremdwort, ein Schulbesuch undenkbar.

Doch seit einiger Zeit gibt es in Miskolc eine spezielle Schule für Roma. „Wir wollen damit den Menschen mehr Möglichkeiten geben, ihr Bildungsniveau anzuheben, damit auch sie eine Chance haben“, erklärt der Leiter des Projektes, Tibor Derdak, bei einem Besuch in Tirol.

Während in Ungarn bereits 70 Prozent der Bevölkerung einen Schulabschluss mit Maturaniveau haben, waren es bei den Roma bisher nur sieben Prozent. Viele Roma in Miskolc haben bereits erkannt, dass Bildung ihr einziger Weg aus dem Elend ist. Die Schule ist deshalb gut besucht und einige Schüler konnten schon ihren Abschluss machen. „Wir stehen noch am Anfang, aber das Projekt trägt Früchte“, sagt Derdak. Die meisten Schüler lernen ehrgeizig, peilen nicht nur die Matura an, sondern wollen später auf die Universität.

Derdak plant als nächsten Schritt des Projektes, ein neues Schulgebäude und eine Badeanstalt zu errichten. Denn in der Roma-Siedlung gibt es kein fließendes Wasser. Nur da und dort einen Ziehbrunnen. Verhältnisse, die man sich in Tirol kaum vorstellen kann.

Deshalb haben sich Schüler des Innsbrucker Adolf-Pichler-Gymnasiums im Rahmen einer Projektarbeit mit der Roma-Problematik auseinandergesetzt. Für das Projekt in Ungarn haben sie im Rahmen ihrer Fastenaktion Geld gesammelt. Fast 3000 Euro konnten die Schüler bei einem Flohmarkt und diversen Kuchenverkaufsaktionen zusammenbringen. Dieses Geld soll nun Derdak und seinem Bildungsprojekt zugutekommen. „Wir planen auch eine schulische Zusammenarbeit“, sagt der Projektleiter am Innsbrucker Gymnasium, Hugo Klingler. Ein Schüleraustausch soll ins Leben gerufen werden. Denn beide Seiten können viel voneinander lernen, sind sich Derdak und Klingler einig.

Source: http://www.tt.com/csp/cms/sites/tt/Tirol/2819948-2/roma-schule-mit-tiroler-hilfe.csp

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Hungarian tags of Triratna Buddhist Community News website

2011.03.01. Categorized: Uncategorized   

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Abhinav Dahiwade: “My Ancestors The Dalits…”

2011.02.04. Categorized: Uncategorized   


Why?


Why does he have a broken pot in his neck?


Why the dalit women had to be half naked?


Why these people were kept deprived?


Can the manuwadis live in this way?


I would have been doing the same thing if Babasaheb wasnt there for our rescue i bow myself in front of Babasaheb…


Every one is sitting down coz they are dalits. Why?


Look at the distance from where the manuwadi is giving water to my ancestor. Why?


Why was the dead rotten meat of cows eaten by my ancestors?

(Photos and captions: Abhinav Dahiwade)

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Our Inspiration 1st Part

Our Inspiration (1st Part)
Jai Bhim is a cheerful greeting. Ten million Indians greet each other in this manner. They're the Dalits who are a proud community. They inherited an extremely difficult life. Their parents and grandparents and untold generations before them were outcasts in society. Even today they still encounter prejudice and experience helplessness.
For more than a millenium their ancestors lived as outcasts. People had a horror of touching them. Others even avoided being in their proximity as their shadow was considered polluting. If they went to school they were seated separately, If they were able to obtain work they did the dirtiest and lowest paid jobs.

Our Inspiration 2nd Part

Our Inspiration (2nd Part)
With their greeting of Jai Bhim they remind each other of their own successful revolution in 1956 for their human rights. Their cause is sacred. It inspires us here in Hungary, as we also face segregation and prejudice today. We would like to know discrimination is a thing of the past.
The dalit's story is like a fairy tale.

Our Inspiration 3rd Part

Our Inspiration (3rd Part)
Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there lived a seventeen year old untouchable boy in a big family, His name was Bhim. He was the youngest child among 14 siblings. He surpassed all of them because of his brilliant mind. A wealthy maharaj acknowledged his poverty and bestowed a scholarship on him. Bhim was aware that Indian schools were being discriminatory and practiced segregation. Therefore, he tried his fortune in London and New York where he achieved university degrees. He received the title Dr. Ambedkar when he returned home to serve his people as a barrister.

Our Inspiration 4th Part

Our Inspiration (4th Part)
Nevertheless, he was considered as an untouchable in accordance with the holy books of the Hindu religion. Therefore, he convened with his friends and publicly burned Manu's Laws, the Hindu holy script which bids the Hindu to hold the Untouchable in disdain. He became a human right fighter and his authority was constantly growing throughout the whole country. When India gained independence in 1947 he was nominated as law minister. He was entrusted with drafting the Constitution for the country. He wrote in it that discrimination is forbidden.

Our Inspiration 5th Part

Our Inspiration (5th Part)
In his old age the Dalit people addressed him with veneration as Dr. Babasaheb. He and his laws, however respected they were, he still stared frustratedly at the discrimination existing all over the country. He decided then to show the people a spiritual alternative. As our judgment is determined by our faith, he took an oath: "I was born a Hindu Untouchable. It was beyond my power to prevent that but I declare that it is within my power to refuse to live under ignoble and humiliating conditions. I solemnly assure you that I will not die a Hindu". He abjured hindu religion that had brought so much suffering and humiliation to the Untouchable people (today's Dalits).

Our Inspiration 6th Part

Our Inspiration (6th Part)
He studied thoroughly all the faiths of the world. He was seeking a religion which fitted together with reason, with modern science, and which declared liberty, fraternity and equality amongst people. He decided to follow the path of the Indian prince who lived 2500 years ago: he would be a follower of the Buddha. This was a decision of profound importance for the Dalits because the Buddha is venerated thoughout the world, and India is entitled to take pride in her great son. Dr. Ambedkar showed his astuteness: all of us can choose the way to be respected, we can change our fate for the better. Hundreds of thousands followed Ambedkar to the magnificent ceremony in Nagpur in October 1956. This was the rebirth of Buddhism in India. Babasaheb died six weeks later.

Our Inspiration 7th Part

Our Inspiration (7th Part)
Those who at that time embraced a new world view with him, they are today grandfathers and grandmothers. Their grandchildren are as numerous as the whole population of Hungary. They follow Ambedkar's example: they face even the biggest difficulties in all things - to study and to exercise their human rights.

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  • Sunil Sagar: Jai Bhim Janos it's great seeing Dr. Ambedkar's follower in Hungary. The Emancipator, The god of Small. What Millions of god and goddess of Hindu's c
  • Ashwin Jangam: Struggle for liberation of Mulnivasis When freedom struggle of our country was going on, we were dual slaves. The Arya Brahmin
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    H-3720 Sajókaza, Rákóczi F. u. 29.

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