A few years ago I sat in a cafe listening to Parag tell me about what he was doing in life and what his goal of work was. He spoke eloquently about what he and his friends/ contemporaries were doing to bring about social change. I heard of Jambudvipa for the first time from him. I heard him speak about his friend who had given up a promising career to become a monk – and was ‘devoting’ his life to help develop and improve the quality of life of his community. I was moved and have gone back to that conversation often.
I went to the Jambudvipa site recently and read their vision – which translates beautifully as a vision for design.
Jambudvipa, the ancient Buddhist name for the Indian sub-continent, represents for us the transformation of society and culture through ethical and spiritual values.
This vision was brought alive in India in recent times through the peaceful revolution Dr. Ambedkar initiated in converting to Buddhism.
The Jambudvipa Trust envisages a society free of caste and other social barriers, in which all people, whatever their background can participate fully.
- In this society there will be no discrimination and human life will be valued and not exploited.
- People will be encouraged to develop confidence, ethical attitudes, and social responsibility.
- Each person will have the capability to imagine and develop their own future and have opportunities to develop knowledge and skills enabling them to lead self-respecting and economically self sufficient lives.
- Life will take place in a safe, clean, and unpolluted environment wherein resources are not misused but replenished.