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LESSON 109 Phagguna Sutta To Phagguna 12 12 2010  FREE ONLINE eNālandā Research and Practice UNIVERSITY

Awakeness Practices

All 84,000 Khandas As Found in the Pali Suttas

Traditionally the are 84,000 Dharma Doors - 84,000 ways to get Awakeness. Maybe so; certainly the Buddha taught a large number of practices that lead to Awakeness. This web page attempts to catalogue those found in the Pali Suttas (DN, MN, SN, AN, Ud & Sn 1). There are 3 sections:

The discourses of Buddha are divided into 84,000, as to separate addresses. The division includes all that was spoken by Buddha.”I received from Buddha,” said Ananda, “82,000 Khandas, and  from the priests 2000; these are 84,000 Khandas maintained by me.” They are divided into 275,250, as to the stanzas of the original text, and into 361,550, as to the stanzas of the commentary. All the discourses including both those of Buddha and those of the commentator, are divided  into 2,547 banawaras, containing 737,000 stanzas, and 29,368,000 separate letters.

Course Programs:

SN 12.12 

PTS: S ii 13 

CDB i 541

Phagguna Sutta: To Phagguna

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

© 2005–2010

Alternate translation: Nyanaponika

Dwelling at Savatthi. “Monks, there are these four nutriments for the maintenance of beings who have come into being or for the support of those in search of a place to be born. Which four? Physical food, gross or refined; contact as the second; intellectual intention the third; and consciousness the fourth. These are the four nutriments for the maintenance of beings who have come into being or for the support of those in search of a place to be born.

When this was said, Ven.-Moliya-Phagguna said to the Blessed One, “Lord, who feeds on the consciousness-nutriment?”

“Not a valid question,” the Blessed One said. “I don’t say ‘feeds.’ If I were to say ‘feeds,’ then ‘Who feeds on the consciousness-nutriment?’ would be a valid question. But I don’t say that. When I don’t say that, the valid question is ‘Consciousness-nutriment for what?’ And the valid answer is, ‘Consciousness-nutriment for the production of future coming-into-being. When that has come into being and exists, then the six sense media. From the six sense media as a requisite condition comes contact.’”

“Lord, who makes contact?”

“Not a valid question,” the Blessed One said. “I don’t say ‘makes contact.’ If I were to say ‘makes contact,’ then ‘Who makes contact?’ would be a valid question. But I don’t say that. When I don’t say that, the valid question is ‘From what as a requisite condition comes contact?’ And the valid answer is, ‘From the six sense media as a requisite condition comes contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling.’”

“Lord, who feels?”

“Not a valid question,” the Blessed One said. “I don’t say ‘feels.’ If I were to say ‘feels,’ then ‘Who feels?’ would be a valid question. But I don’t say that. When I don’t say that, the valid question is ‘From what as a requisite condition comes feeling?’ And the valid answer is, ‘From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes craving.’”

“Lord, who craves?”

“Not a valid question,” the Blessed One said. “I don’t say ‘craves.’ If I were to say ‘craves,’ then ‘Who craves?’ would be a valid question. But I don’t say that. When I don’t say that, the valid question is ‘From what as a requisite condition comes craving?’ And the valid answer is, ‘From feeling as a requisite condition comes craving. From craving as a requisite condition comes clinging/sustenance.’”

“Lord, who clings?”

“Not a valid question,” the Blessed One said. “I don’t say ‘clings.’ If I were to say ‘clings,’ then ‘Who clings?’ would be a valid question. But I don’t say that. When I don’t say that, the valid question is ‘From what as a requisite condition comes clinging?’ And the valid answer is, ‘From craving as a requisite condition comes clinging. From clinging as a requisite condition comes becoming. From becoming as a requisite condition comes birth. From birth as a requisite condition, then aging & death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair come into play. Such is the origination of this entire mass of stress & suffering.[1]

“Now from the remainderless fading & cessation of the six sense media[2] comes the cessation of contact. From the cessation of contact comes the cessation of feeling. From the cessation of feeling comes the cessation of craving. From the cessation of craving comes the cessation of clinging/sustenance. From the cessation of clinging/sustenance comes the cessation of becoming. From the cessation of becoming comes the cessation of birth. From the cessation of birth, then aging & death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair all cease. Such is the cessation of this entire mass of stress & suffering.”

Notes

1.

An alternative translation for this exchange — and one that, in light of the topic of nutriment, might actually be more apt — is:

“Lord, who takes sustenance?”

“Not a valid question,” the Blessed One said. “I don’t say ‘takes sustenance.’ If I were to say ‘takes sustenance,’ then ‘Who takes sustenance?’ would be a valid question. But I don’t say that. When I don’t say that, the valid question is ‘From what as a requisite condition comes sustenance?’ And the valid answer is, ‘From craving as a requisite condition comes sustenance. From sustenance as a requisite condition comes becoming. From becoming as a requisite condition comes birth. From birth as a requisite condition, then aging & death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair come into play. Such is the origination of this entire mass of stress & suffering.”

2.

This refers to the moment of Awakening, when the six sense media are transcended. See AN 4.174 and SN 35.117, and the discussion of “consciousness without feature” in The Mind Like Fire Unbound, chapter 1.

See also: SN 12.11; SN 12.17; SN 12.35; SN 12.31; SN 12.63; SN 12.64; AN 10.27;The Four Nutriments of Life by Nyanaponika Thera.

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Karnataka Government should put immediate ban on humiliating custom

— Hon’ble Chief Minister ji

Lucknow : 11 December 2010

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms.

Mayawati ji, has strongly condemned the ritual of rolling on

left-over

Pattals by scheduled caste people for the sake of

faith in Karnataka. She has demanded to put immediate ban

on it. She said that continuing of this tradition for the

treatment of skin diseases was anti-human, humiliating and

derogatory. Therefore, Karnataka State Government should

put immediate ban on this scurrilous tradition.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji while terming the

continuation of this tradition in Karnataka as against the

right to equality enshrined in Indian Constitution said that

the elements of casteist mind-set are playing with the dignity

of scheduled caste people. She said that it is unbelievable

that such opprobrious act is still continuing in 21

st century in

Independent India without any check.

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[sakya] Unite 1000 Castes to Rule this Country

Jai Bhim All,

The words of Mr. Daddu Prasad (Cabinet Minister for Rural Development, UP)…

“Manyavar Kanshiramji used to say that we’ll gain power in the centre after uniting 1000 castes in India”.

“600 castes have already been united with the efforts of Bahen Mayawati”

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New Delhi

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Report:Dec-6th- Discussion/debate on Gandhi UOM Flint

From:

I read the Report, Mr Mahesh Wasnik. I was delighted to read that an Ambedkar statue will be presented if the University would accept it. I hope action will be taken on this resolution in due course.
 
Thanks for sending a report on the discussion and all your efforts to organize it.
 
Best wishes,
 
Lakshman
Dec 11, ‘10

On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 11:06 PM, mahesh wasnik <mmwasnik@yahoo.com> wrote:

 

[Attachment(s) from mahesh wasnik included below]

Jaibhim Friends ,

A discussion on Gandhi was held in UOM,Flint campus on Monday-Dec. 6 in the Loving Cultural Lounge.

The key­note speaker was Colonel G.B. Singh (U.S.Army,ret.) .

This discussion is being held due to the protests over the bronze statue of Gandhi that was erected across from campus in

             Wilson Park in October 2nd

             This discussion was sponsored by Ambedkar association of North America (AANA) www.aanausa.org in cooperation with

             university of Michigan, flint, department of diversity council and university relations.

               
            Overall the presentation and discussion went well and many people has many questions about “Gandhi”
           

            AANA distributed 125 books ” Annihilation of Caste” by Dr. B R Ambedkar ( Thanks to the Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha, Bagwan walmiki             sabh of New York for the book donation). We also  distributed 25 books on  Gandhi under Cross-Examina­tion”by GB Singh to                          student, UM –flint officials and attendees.

 

            Finally, Ambedkar association of North America(AANA) & whole group demanded UM-flint officials to take immediate action for the

            removal of  Gandhi statue.

            AANA and other group can gift Dr.B.R. Ambedkar statue if UM-flint is willing to accept it.


AANA would like to thank you all your support and generous donation for this event.We will keep you posted the videos very soon.
Please see the attachment summary report.

 

Thank you.

Mahesh Wasnik

on behalf of AANA

Bodhi Ratna
(P.P. Lakshman)
Email: pplakshman08@gmail.com
Tel: 917-664-6566
 

The plight of SC/STs and the news media

Posted by : R.Prakash, Kerala for SC/ST Rights Kerala @rprakash33@gmail.com

The new chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), P.J. Punia, has begun his tenure by making a spirited appeal to the Central government to provide job reservation for SC/STs in the private sector. He did not agree that reservation in private sector was a “misnomer.” He argued that the “private sector depends on the government, nationalised banks and state-owned financial institutions for its survival and thus cannot insulate itself from reservation.” Besides, he contended during a recent meeting with journalists in Hyderabad that the private sector also had a “social responsibility” to uplift the weaker sections of the people.

The next item on the NCSC chief’s agenda is to streamline the implementation of the Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan (earlier known as the “Special Component Plan for Scheduled Castes”) in respect of budget allocations and put an end to the diversion of funds allotted to the plan. The Commission has prioritised its tasks: ensuring reservation for Dalits in the private sector and maximising the benefits of sub plans to SC/STs.

Major concern

It is not surprising that in a country in which a substantial section of the people, accounting for one-fifth of the population and segregated for centuries, remain poor, ill-treated, humiliated, and discriminated against, state intervention is the only antidote even after six decades of democratic governance under a republican Constitution. A major concern for the state is how to address the alarmingly rising unemployment among this section of society.

The Constitution provided for reservation in education and government employment for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in proportion to their share in the population. This provision was made as part of the social strategy of affirmative action (or positive discrimination) to offset extreme historical discrimination and social oppression. If reservation, despite its existence for over 60 years, has failed to improve the lot of SC/STs, the fault is to be seen not in the reservation system, but in the tardy way it has been implemented by the state. Disturbingly, there has been no concerted effort to take quality education to this section of the people.

The state’s failure in this respect along with a flawed reservation system restricted to the entry point only helped ‘ caste-Hindu’ bureaucrats to fill most of the higher posts on the ground that “qualified, eligible and fit” persons were not available among the SC/ST claimants. Yet, if the establishment claims that SC/STs have been appointed in government service in greater proportion than their share in population, it is because vacancies at the lowest levels are filled with SC/STs, because, perhaps, no one else might be willing to offer himself for such jobs. It is surely a scandal that despite developments in technology, and in violation of a Supreme Court order, the central and State governments have failed to bring to an end the practice of manual scavenging and to rehabilitate those engaged in it in decent alternative employment. While reservation has benefitted SC/STs in general, it has not done much to elevate the majority of them to any higher position in society, mostly because of the state’s failure on other fronts such as education and public health. And it must be remembered that a considerable number of these people remain outside this safety net. Over 70 per cent of SC/STs live in villages and are dependant on agricultural activities.

Government policies have put severe pressure on employment in scores of public sector undertakings. Disinvestment, dismantling of public sector units and steadily falling state investment in employment-generating industries are posing serious challenges to the system developed after Independence. The policy trend of stopping or delaying recruitments has made matters worse. The policies of the governments welcoming foreign corporate bodies, very often on the investors’ terms, have also contributed to the diminishing of job opportunities.

Time for another initiative

It is in this context the NCSC Chairman’s decision to press for extending reservation for SC/STs to the private sector needs to be viewed. A few years ago, when a demand to that effect was raised, there was a positive response from at least some industrialists, but the global economic slowdown put an end to that. Now that the position has improved in many industrial and service sectors, it is time for another initiative by the government. It needs to remind private entrepreneurs, domestic and foreign, that they have a historic responsibility to help the state implement its social commitments. The question raised by the NCSC chairman is relevant: “When the deprived sections are taken care of, even in developed countries like the United States, why can’t we have the same provisions here?”

The second item on the agenda of the NCSC is to get the Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan, which provides for each Ministry to allot special funds from its annual budget allocation for the benefit of SC/STs, in proportion to their share in the population. The scheme, introduced in the early 1980s, has not been properly implemented for three decades. The Ministries are often charged with diverting funds under this head to other purposes.

The news media, can make a real difference by bringing a new focus on the issues of reservation and the Sub-Plan. In addition to exposing atrocities against SC/STs, the press, television, and radio should investigate systemic oppression, exploitation, and discrimination in greater depth.

http://forums.sulekha.com/forums/coffeehouse/WHO-OWNS-THE-MEDIA-IN-INDIA-783525.htm

WHO OWNS THE MEDIA IN INDIA?

started by rajee kushwaha 3 yrs ago

I have an interesting mail from one of my researcher friend which says INDIAN MEDIA–both PRINT and Electronic is controlled and

funded by Foreigners–mostly COMMUNIST or  CHRISTIAN CHARITY ORGANISATIONS. Some examples:-

NDTV:-SPANISH based GOSPEL OF CHARITY which supports communism in SPAIN. Indian CEO, PRANOY ROY is the

CO-BROTHER-in-law of PARKASH KARAT–Gen Secy of CPI(M). Brinda Karat and Roy’s wives are sisters. Gospel of Charity are also supporting MUSHARREF of PAKISTAN–the reason for bonhomie between MUSHAREFF & ROY.It also controls INDIA TODAY a national weekly.
IBN7:-   100 percent funded by SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH in USA. It gives 800million Dollars annually to the channel.

Indian CEO is Rajdeep Sardesai–an ex cooleague of Pranoy Roy.
TIMES GROUP;- Includes both print & Electronic –such as TIMES NOW CHANNEL & Times of India & other News papers.

owned by BENNET & COLEMAN. World CHRISTIAN COUNCIL does 80% funding and 20% funding is done by an ITALIAN &

ENGLISHMAN–who share equally. The ITALION–ROBERTIO MINDO is a close relative of SONIA GANDHI. Has also bought

HINDUSTAN TIMES–besides controlling–other news papers of the group.

STAR TV:- Controlled & funded by an AUSTRALIAN, Robert Murdocch –supported by St Peters pontification Church in

MELBOURNE

 THE HINDU:-  Recently taken over by  JOSUA SOCIETY, BERNE, SWITZERLAND.  N RAM the CEO  has a SWISS wife.

STATESMAN & KAIRALI TV:- Controlled & owned by CPI(M).

INDIAN EXPRESS :- Recently divided into INDIAN EXPRESS (NORTH INDIA) and NEW INDIAN EXPRESS. SOUTH INDIA). 

The Indian Express is controlled &funded by ACTS christian Ministeries. The NEW INDIAN EXPRESS is still has an Indian

Owner.
ASIAN AGE & DECCAN CHRONICLE:- By  SAUDI ARABIAN COMPANY With MJ AKBAR as chief Editor.

Even some of the regional papers in India are controlled and funded by FOREIGNERS. now you can understand their

Bias. Have your own views

From: E. Anban bliachennai@yahoo.com

[sakya] Fw: seminar Invitation [1 Attachment]




Respected venerable


Invitation attached


In Dhamma,

 E Anban

• Role of Buddhist Art, Architecture, Stupas in

promoting Peace.

• Message of Ashokan inscriptions promoting

Non-Violence and Peace.

Session-II

• Dimensions of Violence and Non- violence

and Buddhist Approach

• Eco-philosophy of Buddhism

• Buddhist way of life and Sustainable

Development.

• Buddhist response to Terrorism.

• Buddhist perspectives and techniques for

prevention and resolution of conflicts for a

peaceful society.

Session-III

• Buddhist Meditation Techniques for

transformation of consciousness

• Secular Spirituality and the Awakening of the

Buddha within.

• Application of Metta Bhavana for promoting

Peace,

• Working towards Nirvana and New

Humanity.

Session-IV

• Various movements for social upliftment and

Peace in recent times like the rise of

Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Navayana

Buddhism in India and Engaged Buddhism

world-wide in the last 50 years or so.

• Unified approach of various Buddhist

organizations in promoting Peace and social

harmony.

• Promotion of religious harmony through the

understanding of Buddhist tenets.

environmental issues for improving the quality of life

of the common people and for promoting peace and

happiness all around. e quest is for clean

environment, safe-drinking water, basic clothing,

diet, education, housing, health care, and access to

communication and energy facilities.

One of the objectives of the proposed Seminar is

to deliberate on the tasks that lie ahead for the

engaged Buddhists, particularly in India, in the

sphere of social services and in peace education,

promotion of non- violence and secular spirituality.

Participants

Scholars deeply interested in the subject matter of

the Seminar and Buddhist Studies will be invited to

deliver the Inaugural, Key-note and Valedictory

addresses and also to participate in the discussions.

Some invitees will also present papers, Post graduate

students and Research scholars are also welcome. All

the proceedings may be published as a reference book

so that our deliberations can reach others in the

scholastic and lay communities widely.

ere will be no participation fee and the travel

costs and the token honorarium will be paid as per the

University norms. Working lunch, folders with

reading materials etc, will be provided to all the

participants.

e Programme

e Seminar will be held for two days. Besides the

Inaugural, Key-note and Valedictory addresses by

distinguished guests, the Programme will include four

technical sessions. e deliberations will be on the

following themes, in four technical sessions:

Session-I

• Life, time and message of Lord Buddha and

Universal relevance of his teachings.

• e historical evolution of Buddhist principles,

practices and philosophy promoting

Non-Violence and Peace.

International Seminar

Buddhism,

Non-Violence

and

Peace

December 16th & 17th 2010

(ursday and Friday)

Organized by

Centre for Buddhist Studies

Department Of Jainology

University Of Madras

Chennai-5

Presentation of Papers

ose interested in presenting papers are

requested to send the same (in MS-Word 12pt.

Times New Roman- one soft copy and two hard

copies) in not exceeding 7-8 pages, on or before 30th

November, 2010 to the Programme Co-ordinator:

( Email : priyadarshanajain@yahoo.in)

(You may also mail copies to onkrishnan@yahoo.

com)

Papers and presentations must be related to the

overall theme or the specific themes of the technical

sessions proposed. Papers will be screened and only

the authors of the selected ones will be invited to

make the presentations at the Seminar. Originality of

the content and authenticity of the points discussed in

the paper are important considerations for the

acceptance of the paper.

Organizers, Venue and Dates:

Dr. Priyadarshana Jain, Director i/c Centre for

Buddhist Studies, University of Madras, is the Chief

Co-ordinator.

e Seminar is proposed to be held on December

16th & 17th 2010 (ursday and Friday) at e

University of Madras, olkappiar Valaagam,

Chepauk, Chennai – 600 005.

Formal invitation will reach you in due course.

ank You!

May all sentient beings be well and happy!

Programme Co-ordinator:

Dr. Priyadarshana Jain

Head i/c Department of Jainology,

Director i/c

Centre for Buddhist Studies,

University of Madras,

olkapiar Campus,

Chepauk,

Chennai 600-005

Ph: 098403-68851

Email: priyadarshanajain@yahoo.in

About the University

Established in the year 1857, the University of

Madras is the mother of almost all the old

Universities of Southern India. In the last 153 years,

this University has been growing from strength to

strength while widening its teaching and research

activities.

In recent years, the University by its quality

education has been accredited by National

Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with

“A” grade. e UGC has recognized the University as

the first centre for potential of excellence in the

country.

About the Jainology Department

e Department of Jainology was established in

the University of Madras in the Year 1983 on

20.9.1983 at its 125th year of establishment. It was

inaugurated by the then President of India His

Excellency Sri Giani Zail Singh and declared open by

the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Hon’ble Dr.

M.G. Ramachandran. e Department which was

started as an Endowment Department by the efforts

of the University and Research Foundation for

Jainology is now a main stream Department from

2003 and offers M.A. in Comparative Religion &

Philosophy with specialization in Jainology and Ph.D

Program

About the Centre for Buddhist Studies

e Centre for the Buddhist Studies was

established in the University of Madras in the year

2008 under the Scheme of “Epoch Making Social

inkers of India” by the UGC. e Centre proposes

to create and promote awareness of the unique

teachings, perspectives and techniques of Buddhism

for transforming societies into non-killing,

non-violent ones and establishing a peaceful

harmonious world order, and to facilitate

deliberations and discussions on the same for wider

application. e Centre for Buddhist Studies,

University of Madras, proposes to hold an

International Seminar on Buddhism, Non-Violence

and Peace in December 2010.

Aims and Objectives

Lord Buddha, who lived 2600 years ago was the

founder of Buddhism and his teachings of Four

Noble Truths, Eight-fold Path with the practices of

Shila, Samadhi and Prajna have universal relevance

for all times. Faced with the challenges posed by

modernity, Buddhism is now trying to adapt itself to

the new realities of massive industrialization,

consumerism, ultra-individualism and totalitarianism

of the left and right. In the contemporary world,

violence manifests in many ways, such as armed

conflict, military occupation, poverty, economic

exploitation, environmental destruction, corruption

and prejudice based on race, religion, gender or sexual

orientation. Violence is glorified in cinemas and mass

media. Retaliation and revenge are the dominant

themes now preached. Violence is now considered as

normal and acceptable human behavior. It is

completely forgotten that those most harmed by

violence are the weakest and vulnerable.

Peace in the real sense is not only the absence of

violence, but is the presence of justice and well-being

of the people. e failure of States to sufficiently

accommodate ethnic, cultural and religious diversity

is at the root of much of the violence in the world.

Like every other religion, Buddhism also preaches

peace. Non-violence or non-injury to sentient beings

has been prescribed as the cardinal virtue to be

practiced in the Buddhist code of Right-Conduct.

is ethical principle is derived by the Buddha from

the simple fact of life that all living beings like our-self

have a natural liking for life and happiness, and all

beings dislike death and pain.

Buddhism is now passing through a new

renaissance, that focusses on social welfare, holistic

health, secular spirituality, education, and

• Role of Buddhist Art, Architecture, Stupas in

promoting Peace.

• Message of Ashokan inscriptions promoting

Non-Violence and Peace.

Session-II

• Dimensions of Violence and Non- violence

and Buddhist Approach

• Eco-philosophy of Buddhism

• Buddhist way of life and Sustainable

Development.

• Buddhist response to Terrorism.

• Buddhist perspectives and techniques for

prevention and resolution of conflicts for a

peaceful society.

Session-III

• Buddhist Meditation Techniques for

transformation of consciousness

• Secular Spirituality and the Awakening of the

Buddha within.

• Application of Metta Bhavana for promoting

Peace,

• Working towards Nirvana and New

Humanity.

Session-IV

• Various movements for social upliftment and

Peace in recent times like the rise of

Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Navayana

Buddhism in India and Engaged Buddhism

world-wide in the last 50 years or so.

• Unified approach of various Buddhist

organizations in promoting Peace and social

harmony.

• Promotion of religious harmony through the

understanding of Buddhist tenets.

environmental issues for improving the quality of life

of the common people and for promoting peace and

happiness all around. e quest is for clean

environment, safe-drinking water, basic clothing,

diet, education, housing, health care, and access to

communication and energy facilities.

One of the objectives of the proposed Seminar is

to deliberate on the tasks that lie ahead for the

engaged Buddhists, particularly in India, in the

sphere of social services and in peace education,

promotion of non- violence and secular spirituality.

Participants

Scholars deeply interested in the subject matter of

the Seminar and Buddhist Studies will be invited to

deliver the Inaugural, Key-note and Valedictory

addresses and also to participate in the discussions.

Some invitees will also present papers, Post graduate

students and Research scholars are also welcome. All

the proceedings may be published as a reference book

so that our deliberations can reach others in the

scholastic and lay communities widely.

ere will be no participation fee and the travel

costs and the token honorarium will be paid as per the

University norms. Working lunch, folders with

reading materials etc, will be provided to all the

participants.

e Programme

e Seminar will be held for two days. Besides the

Inaugural, Key-note and Valedictory addresses by

distinguished guests, the Programme will include four

technical sessions. e deliberations will be on the

following themes, in four technical sessions:

Session-I

• Life, time and message of Lord Buddha and

Universal relevance of his teachings.

• e historical evolution of Buddhist principles,

practices and philosophy promoting

Non-Violence and Peace.

International Seminar

Buddhism,

Non-Violence

and

Peace

December 16th & 17th 2010

(ursday and Friday)

Organized by

Centre for Buddhist Studies

Department Of Jainology

University Of Madras

Chennai-5

Presentation of Papers

ose interested in presenting papers are

requested to send the same (in MS-Word 12pt.

Times New Roman- one soft copy and two hard

copies) in not exceeding 7-8 pages, on or before 30th

November, 2010 to the Programme Co-ordinator:

( Email : priyadarshanajain@yahoo.in)

(You may also mail copies to onkrishnan@yahoo.

com)

Papers and presentations must be related to the

overall theme or the specific themes of the technical

sessions proposed. Papers will be screened and only

the authors of the selected ones will be invited to

make the presentations at the Seminar. Originality of

the content and authenticity of the points discussed in

the paper are important considerations for the

acceptance of the paper.

Organizers, Venue and Dates:

Dr. Priyadarshana Jain, Director i/c Centre for

Buddhist Studies, University of Madras, is the Chief

Co-ordinator.

e Seminar is proposed to be held on December

16th & 17th 2010 (ursday and Friday) at e

University of Madras, olkappiar Valaagam,

Chepauk, Chennai – 600 005.

Formal invitation will reach you in due course.

ank You!

May all sentient beings be well and happy!

Programme Co-ordinator:

Dr. Priyadarshana Jain



Head i/c Department of Jainology,



Director i/c



Centre for Buddhist Studies,



University of Madras,



olkapiar Campus,



Chepauk,



Chennai 600-005



Ph: 098403-68851



Email: priyadarshanajain@yahoo.in



http://www.unom.ac.in/



[sakya] Invitation



  Workshop on SC/ST women in governance
                      Consultative workshop with Dalit women leaders
                           Venue: CYSD-DRTC, Bhubaneswar.
                                Date-29th &30thdec 2010.
                 Org. by – Odisha SC/ST women Forum. & wing India

 Dear friends,
 Jay Bheem,
 Odisha SC/ST Women Forum is working in different parts of Orissa for the protection of human right and dignity of SC/ST women. You will feel that the SC/ST women have been facing day to day increase of violence, discrimination, and exploitation. A large section of civil society is committed to the cause of SC/ST women. Civil society leaders, activists are working in different part of the Odisha struggling for peace, justice and dignity to the SC/ST women, but our effort seldom makes impact on the society and makes structural changes in existing state acrimony for Dalit Women.
For SC/ST women there is no space, no recognition in society. They  remained far from accessing their  civil, political and social rights. Therefore Orissa SC/ST Women Forum has consistently endeavored to educate, organize, and to promote leadership among the SC/ST women activist and create space for them and respect for their contribution to the society in state and nation. So we appeal you to come forward & create a collective strength of SC/ST women power in the state.
ODWF and WING INDIA are organizing a two days workshop on SC/ST women issues on 29th to 30th Dec. 2010 at DRTC, CYSD Bhubaneswar.
So we invite you to attend and this programme. Your presence and participation will be a great source of inspiration and encouragement for the SC/ST women cause. Please inform the schedule your turn for solidarity expression. .  Regards.
sandhya devi

 Please Contact with  following address -
At-Mangarajpur, po-Banpur, dist-Khorda, 752031.Odisha. India Ph-06756-223439 (o), 09437140550 (m) , email-
savetribal@yahoo.com , odwforissa@yahoo.in

[ZESTCaste] Give Varanasi anti-terrorism force: Mayawati



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Give Varanasi anti-terrorism force: Mayawati

2010-12-08 12:00:00

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has demanded that the Central
Government should provide Varanasi with an anti-terrorism force
similar to the one provided to Mumbai after 26/11.

After visiting the blast site, which left a child dead over 30 others
injured, Mayawati said: We will request the Centre to provide us with
a Special Force to tackle such incidents in the future and ensure that
such incidents don’t take place.

“We will request the Centre to provide us with similar security
arrangements made after 26/11 in Mumbai,” she said.

She said she will write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in this regard.

Earlier, she presided over an emergency meeting of senior government
officials in Lucknow and sent a team of officials, besides BSP state
unit president Swami Prasad Maurya, to Varanasi.

Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry has sounded a nationwide alert with
special stress on four major cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and
Hyderabad - in wake of the blast.

“A general alert has been sent to all state governments and they have
been asked to stay on high alert,” said Union Home Secretary G K
Pillai.

“It was low intensity blast which occurred at about 6.20 pm in which
three-four people were injured. Subsequently we understand there could
have been a stampede…as a result 15-20 people were injured. So
roughly 20-25 people injured,” he said.

The blast occurred at around 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday when thousands of
devotees and some foreign tourists had assembled at the Dashashwamedh
ghat for having darshan of the Ganga Arti ritual.

Terror outfit Indian Mujahideen(IM) claimed responsibility for the
blast in e-mails sent to media houses and said it “attributed” the
attack to the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. (ANI)

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