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Modernisation of Buddhism: Contributions of Ambedkar and Dalai Lama-XIV

Lella Karunyakara (Author)
Synopsis The emergence of Buddhism in 6 B.C. was the first social revolution in the history of India. The conversion of Ambedkar to Buddhism on 14 October 1956 was the revival of those revolutionary ideals. The presence of the Dalai Lama XIV in the land of the Buddha symbolizes with the continuity of revolutionary ideals propounded by Gautama Buddha. Equality, social justice and democracy are the three principles, with which the whole revival movement initiated by Ambedkar and Dalai Lama XIV, associated. It is a study on the continuity of the revival legacy of Ambedkar and the Dalai Lama XIV. Modernisation of Buddhism as a religion and philosophy is the precondition for the revival. Historical inquiry has been made in the present study to understand the prerequisites for the revival of Buddhism. Modernisation has been identified as the first and foremost prerequisite for the purpose. The present work is based on interdisciplinary approach for identifying the content and nature of the modernisation process occurred in Buddhism. The study rightly identified the features of post-modernism in the understanding of Ambedkar and Dalai Lama about Buddhism. Post-modern roots are the result of modernising the tradition. The tradition of Buddhism have been modernised by Ambedkar and Dalai Lama XIV which in turn resulted in producing synthesis called post-modern understanding of Buddhism, i.e., Dalit Buddhism or Adi Buddhism. The study touched the fringes of post-modern understanding of Buddhism, however, left it for further research. The present study mainly deals with the contribution of Ambedkar and Dalai Lama XIV to modernise the Buddhist tradition.
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About the author

Lella Karunyakara

Dr. Lella Karunyakara, specializes in History of Modern Buddhism, Ambedkar Thought on History and History of Dalits. He did his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Jawahar Lal Nehru University. He was known as L. Kenadi, later embracing Buddhism he has changed to the present name. The author has been converted to Buddhism on 12, November, 1999 by Ven. G. Prajnananda Maha Thera a Sri Lankan Monk who also involved in the conversion of Banasaheb Ambedkar to Buddhism on the historic Nagpur Deeksha Ceremony. The author is Ambedkarite to the core and founder of the 'Dalit Bauddha Sangham' with the aim of propagating Buddhism among Dalits. He attended national and international seminars on Buddhism. He has been engaged in writing articles on social and religious issues in historical perspecitve. He has a published work to his credit entitled "Revival of Buddhism in Modern India: The Role of B.R. Ambedkar and Dalai Lama XIV". He was associated with the Dalit movements like National campaign for Dalit Human Rights and Dalit literary activities like Dalit History Congress, Delhi.

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Title Modernisation of Buddhism: Contributions of Ambedkar and Dalai Lama-XIV
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121208130
length 284p., References; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.