Introducing Amida Shu in Delhi: A Request for Support
Reverend Jnanamati writes:
I’d like to tell you about the Amida sangha in Uttah Pradesh, Delhi.
The sangha began over 10 years ago, when Rev Sahishnu and Acharya Modgala were invited to go to Delhi to carry out an educational programme which taught English to Dalit children on the streets of Delhi. The Dalits – or so-called ‘Untouchables’ – are the lowest caste in the Indian system and are subject to the most extreme prejudice, seen as less than human, worthy of no respect and restricted to work regarded as unclean. Dalits generally live in great poverty and often fear for their lives, especially if they challenge the system. Learning English is an essential first step to improve the prospects of Dalit children.
The educational programme was a great success, teaching English to many dozens of street children and their Dalit families, and helping to gain respect from the local authorities.
The Delhi sangha grew as the fruit of this work. Children and their families asked for classes in Buddhism and then became Buddhists, inspired particularly by the legacy of Dr Ambedkar’s Dalit Buddhist Movement, which sees Buddhism as a way out of the Dalit predicament.
When Rev Sahishnu retired 3 years ago, Rev Suvidya, a local member of the Dalit community, was ordained as a full minister and took over the leadership of the project, to great success. A local organisation, the Amida Buddhist Association (ABA), was set up at the same time and now oversees the work of the project. Last year, new premises were rented to become the sangha’s first Dharma centre.
Rev Suvidya runs three busy weekly children’s classes in three different locations, teaching English and Buddhism, as well as leading two adult/mixed family services. He also makes regular pastoral visits to Buddhist families and others needing support.
You can read more about his work here :: Amida India
For the last three years, Amida Trust* has supported Rev Suvidya in his work by providing him with a modest allowance and paying the Dharma centre rent. However, the Trust now needs to find additional donations to maintain the level of financial support needed to sustain this wonderful project. We are fundraising and have a team concentrating efforts on new ways of attracting donations, but………
We need your help.
Please help us to support Suvidya, Suando, Sudoshin and the community by making a donation today.
No matter how small, your contribution will make a difference and help us secure the future of this project.
We would particularly welcome regular monthly contributions.
Even £5 per month would have a significant impact.
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* Amida Trust is a registered charity in the UK. The Trust supports the work of the Shu in the UK and Delhi. It supports people to come to the dharma, to learn and practice and to open their hearts to give and receive loving kindness.
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