The eagerly awaited Complete Works of Sangharakshita begins with Volume 9 on Dr Ambedkar and the revival of Buddhism. One of the most far-reaching of Sangharakshita’s contributions to modern Buddhism was giving shape to the Buddhist conversion movement begun by the great Indian statesman and reformer, Dr B.R. Ambedkar. In 1956, along with hundreds of thousands of his followers, Ambedkar renounced the Hindu caste system – according to which they were condemned to be ‘untouchable’ – and converted to Buddhism, thus beginning a new life.
The first part of this volume tells the story of how Ambedkar overcame the suffering and struggle of his early years to become the shaper of the Indian constitution and the leader of his people to a new life; and how, following Ambedkar’s untimely death, Sangharakshita took on the challenge of teaching Buddhism to the new community of Buddhists.
The second part is a collection of 36 edited talks, many published here for the first time, from Sangharakshita’s tour of the Buddhist communities in India in 1981-2.