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Dalit Buddhists, Western Buddhists, 80s Years

2009.05.17. Categorized: Uncategorized   

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Murder Mystery: Who’s Killing Hungary’s Gypsies?

2009.05.06. Categorized: Uncategorized   

This Roma Gypsy man named Jeno Koka was a victim of right-wing extremist aggression toward Gypsies, which is on the rise in Central and Eastern Europe. (Photo: Bela Szandelszky / AP)By John Nadler / Tiszalök

Published: May 1, 2009 in Time Magazine

Jeno Koka’s killers shot him in the chest moments after he had bid good night to his wife Eva and stepped from his house on his way to a shift at the nearby pharmaceutical factory where he worked.

The 54-year-old grandfather bled to death only a few paces from his doorstep.

Although Koka’s wife said she never heard the shot that felled her husband, hundreds of thousands of others across Hungary did.

Koka’s murder on April 22 was the fifth in recent months of a member of Hungary’s 600,000-strong Roma community.

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Hungarian Gypsies by Kavyasiddhi

2009.04.28. Categorized: Uncategorized   

Montgomery CastleI had tried to put too much into the day; like an overfilled suitcase that won’t close, bits of my life were bursting out of the seams, trailing behind me in the street. I had the slightly unfocussed look of someone who is almost on top of things. Delayed leaving work, I was late getting to the BBC and late arriving at the Buddhist Centre. As I drove in, I reflected that this was not the best night to welcome four visitors to the continuation Buddhism class – especially when one of them was Subhuti, the man who has arguably done more to shape the FWBO than any other individual. I found them in Earth:

- Subhuti, would you like to lead anything?
- I’d like not to lead anything

(Damn, I was going to have to lead the meditation. Why had I let Hasavajra have his turn last week?)

Subhuti was in Manchester with two mitras from Hungary, Janesh and Tibor, who work with the marginalised gypsy community. To address issues of exclusion, they founded the Ambedkar High School, named after Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.

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As Economic Turmoil Mounts, So Do Attacks on Hungary’s Gypsies

2009.04.27. Categorized: Uncategorized   

A Roma man and his 4-year-old son were buried together in March in Hungary. (Photo: Peter Takacs/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images)By NICHOLAS KULISH

Published: April 26, 2009 in The New York Times

TISZALOK, Hungary - Jeno Koka was a doting grandfather and dedicated worker on his way to his night-shift job at a chemical plant last week when he was shot dead at his doorstep. To his killer, he was just a Gypsy, and that seems to have been reason enough.

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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.

All of the Parts in One

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  • Chandrakirti: I like ur views on Bhim Jayanti... And i jst can say "Jai Bhim".....
  • 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
  • Ashwin Jangam: Jaibhim Abhinav Thank you Abhinav for putting up a superb photos of our ancestors to know our peop

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