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SUMMARY ç The Buddha and His Dhamma ¿ The Buddha and His Dhamma a treatise on Buddha's life and Buddhism was the last work of Indian statesman and scholar B R Ambedkar The book is treated as a holy text by Indian Buddhists It was first published in 1957 after Ambedkar's death on 6 December 1956 It was again Published in 1979 by the Education DepNgs and speeches with a list of sources and an index Written in English the book has been translated to many languages including Hindi GujaratiTelugu Tamil Marathi Malayalam and Kannada Dr B R Ambedkar. BR Ambedkar was a strong critic of the old Hindu traditions which were oppressing for the marginalised communities This made him adopt Buddhism as his religion This novel is well articulated which is engrossing for the readers Ambedkar has started the novel targeting the misconceptions people have in their minds about Buddhism Starting from the birth the entire novel is spun around the life of Buddha

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The Buddha and His Dhamma a treatise on Buddha's life and Buddhism was the last work of Indian statesman and scholar B R Ambedkar The book is treated as a holy text by Indian Buddhists It was first pub. Buddha and his Dhamma by DrAmbedkar is a must read for a Buddhist or a non Buddhist or for that matter just for anyone who wants to look at a realistic scholarly and challenging book on a Buddhism A columbia doctorate and erudite Bhimrao Ambedkar revived Buddhism in India during mid to late mid 1950s one of the greatest Buddhist revival since Iyothee Thaas of Tamil Nadu and King Ashoka's period But before he realized the greatness and uplifting teachings of Buddha and Buddhism he has studied all the religions for about 30 40 years only then he concluded that if there is one religion that comes any close to Science or very close to science that is Buddhism So he decided to personally take oath as Buddhist as well gathered one of the largest crowed in the memory of Indian history and converted scsts of India into Buddhism as a reality check it will occur to the reader that those scsts dalits of India were the original Buddhists of India so as matter of fact it is not conversion but a home coming Anywys that fact is of essence to describe the writings in this book DrAmbedkar studied extensively about Buddhism this is just the abridged version of his all knowledge gathered in his life time and he does not claim what is said in this book is of any originality but borrowed from all other Buddhist writers that is suffice to say how humble one can put it in writing as a matter of fact DrAmbedkars Book on Buddha is completely advanced honest and original in perspective that no other Buddhist authors will provide The way to know that is to take any Buddhist book and read about the topic of soul rebirth gods and reincarnation these are all lies and fake propoganda and fradulanet concepts of hinduism that has been slowely and steadily pushed into Buddhists Most writers will talk about those things even though Buddha has never once uttered a word god reincarnation or soul because Buddha did not believe in those Besides Buddha's teachings are purely about Mind mind brain interaction and to reach out to once mind to resolve lifes difficult issues without undergoing pain and suffering in other words to eliminate suffering by ones onc effort that is the core of Buddhas teachings about which DrAmbedkar elouently writes and no myths in DrAmbedkars writings Also an important distinction of DrAmbedkars scholarly approach and interpretation that Buddha was approached by angles and bla bla stories what is important to know is that when Buddha was living in a palacial life with all the luxury a human can ever ask for or have everything that will keep a person in a dream world Buddha did not go out of the palace or see the real world he never had the opportunities to see how people get their bread and butter for the livelihood that is why when Buddha left his home to tour the nearby areas where people of all walks of life living he witnessed Old people and sick who could not afford to treat the disease as well as watched dead body and funeral commotions this is the first time he ever see people crying moaning and whining starving crippled and handicaped all these was new and strange to Buddha The very touch of suffering for the first time came to Buddha's attention at this very first time when he left his house Most authors decorate this into some mythical and fancy stories but DrAmmbedkar writes in honest and simple terms that he went out of his luxurious life style that is when he started seeing the real world that is full of sad and terrible things There is fight for land for food and for wealth there is fight due greed and so on these events made Buddha to seek for ways and means to get out of this suffering life These are few of the many differences one can find in DrAmbedkar's writingsit is a great book and you will be glad you bought a copy for your shelf A book worthy every moment and every penny to be in our collection written by one of the finest writers of our timeThanksSaint

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The Buddha and His DhammaLished in 1957 after Ambedkar's death on 6 December 1956 It was again Published in 1979 by the Education Department of the Government of Maharashtra as the eleventh volume of Ambedkar's collected writi. This book is my first deep dive into Buddhism I really enjoyed it and feel like I took away a lot from this book that I can easily apply in my daily life I am fascinated by how logical reasonable and simple Buddha’s teachings are He was progressive and radical in his teachings His teachings were all about mastering one’s mind to stay on a righteous path Finally a religion that does not seek to control but to positively motivate its followers to stay on the right path Here are a few concepts that really resonated with meThe eightfold path This path is simple and easy to teach to everyone including kids Unlike Hinduism where one has to read complex scriptures and interpret their meaning btw women and lower caste Hindus were not allowed to read the scriptures the Buddha just laid out a simple eightfold path as a cornerstone of Buddhism There is no soul hence there is no rebirth of soul hence there is no karma attached with the rebirths Totally takes care of the fundamental flaw in Hinduism caste hierarchy and the belief that one’s birth in the caste hierarchy is dependent on their karma from previous lives Every body is born eual per BuddhismKarma is limited only to one’s lifetime It is not carried over to future lives This is a tangible and acceptable view of Karma to meBuddha believed in his own scientific version of rebirth He believed that a human body disintegrates into nature after death but the energy within it mixes with other energies floating around in the universe to be reborn as another human being I find this explanation very logical and easy to acceptBuddha’s encouragement for freedom of thought and his discouragement towards blindly following any teachings even his ownBuddha did not believe in God or the Creator He argued that if there is one creator of this universe then he should have created the universe from some thing because nothing can be created out of nothing But if he created this universe out of something then he cannot be the creator So he tossed out this idea of God from his teachingsBuddha did not believe in rituals because he thought rituals are breeding grounds for superstition Fully agree with him on thisBuddha designed the Sangha as a self governing body without any one person being in authority whose sole purpose is to motivate its members to stay on the right path and also to hold them accountable for itBuddha firmly believed in freedom of thought and euality of all human beings both of which are my own core valuesBuddha did not preach that his voice was the voice of God He held himself accountable to all the principles that he was preaching He also encouraged his followers to fully analyze his teachings with open minds before accepting themThere is a lot that I loved about the Buddha’s teachings The fundamental concept of looking inward and mastering one’s own mind with full freedom of thought as opposed to worshipping an external entity God via meaningless rituals and superstitions is something that my progressive brain can easily accept and apply in daily life Dr Ambedkar himself is an interesting person whose writings need to be read by everyone An intelligent thoughtful radical thinker who recognized the need for reform in Hinduism and had the courage to speak his mind Without a doubt I will be reading of his books and I will also be digging deeper into the Buddhist philosophy in future