Born as an “untouchable” in India (literally considered so polluted that a caste Hindu would have to purify him or herself after making physical contact) Bhimrao Ambedkar publicly converted to Buddhism on 14 October 1956, in Nagpur, India.
The significance of this is that, despite having been banned from sitting in a schoolroom with other (caste Hindu) children, Ambedkar had managed to gain an education, study abroad, and had become India’s first law minister—and the architect of the newly independent country’s constitution.
Ambedkar realized that most ex-untouchables were chained to the idea that they are inferior and that it was by changing themselves—through the practice of the Buddha Dhamma changing those deep-seated ideas—that they could … Read more »
Steven Impey, Gloucestershire Echo: Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis for more than three decades, Steve Brisk has learned to appreciate the subtleties in life.
He was 29 at the time – the average age for adults who suffer from the condition.
Now the 61-year-old, from Woodmancote, is continuing his work to help others suffering from the same symptoms he did.
In the last 30 years, he has raised more than £250,000 for charities connected to the illness.
His therapy is driven through meditation, which allows sufferers to gain a foothold in their hectic lives which can lead to MS via stress or restless nights…