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Maharashtra has one of the most vibrant Buddhist communities in all of India, a legacy of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. However, the community remains poor and marginalized even today, with little access to genuine teachings on the Dharma.

The Somaiya group has a factory near Shirdi, in Ahmednagar District, where a large section of the population in the villages around is Buddhist. In collaboration with Ven. Dhammadipa, a Buddhist monk from the Czech Republic, we have set up an outreach project, Jetavan. This is a non-sectarian centre, from where we will engage with the community in programmes that will nurture spiritual and physical wellness, as well as provide training in vocational and craft-related areas to help income generation.

In addition, we are also going to be translating works of eminent monks from English into Marathi and Hindi. These will be published from Taiwan and will be for free distribution. Our objective is to create a body of literature, which then we will use as course material in our classes.

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