Buddha Maitreya the Christ and his wife Mandarava Tara in front of the Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Sangha Monastery
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Dr Ambedkar International Award 2014

Buddha Maitreya the Christ and his wife, Mandarava Tara, the female incarnation of the Bodhisattva Tara, were chosen as joint recipents for this year's prestigious Dr Ambedkar International Buddhist Award presented in Nagpur, India in October 2014.

The award celebrates and recognizes the work of eminent personalities in the world who have worked ceaselessly to further world peace through practicing dharmic activities and spreading the teachings of Buddhism for the collective betterment of humanity.
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Previous Recipients

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In 2011, the Award was presented to H.H. The 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje.

(Right) In 2012, the Award was presented to Ven. Dhammananda Bhikkuni - the first Thai woman to receive full ordination as a Theravada nun in Dharmaguptaka ordination lineage (the only temple in Thailand where there are fully ordained nuns)
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2013 recipient H.H. Kyabgon Chetsang the 37th throneholder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage
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About the Award

Every year, the selection committee of the Jeewak Welfare Society and Ashwaghosh Buddhists Foundation of Nagpur, India selects an international recipient (this year being a joint award) to celebrate their work and contribution to furthering Buddhism through awarding them the Dr Ambedkar International Award (also known previously as the Sakyamuni Buddha International Award).

Dr Ambedkar was an eminent Indian Buddhist and father of the Indian Constitution. The first Law Minister of India, he converted 500,000 Hindu people to Buddhism on October 14, 1956 in Nagpur at the holy place known as Deeksha Bhoomi.
Dr Ambedkar

Dr Ambedkar as a young man - a revivalist for Buddhism in India, he inspired the modern Buddhist movement, campaigning against social discrimination and the Indian caste system
Deeksha Bhoomi

Deeksha Bhoomi in Nagpur, a city located at the geographical center of India, is the biggest Stupa in Asia and a pilgrimage center of Buddhism in India. Millions of pilgrims visit Deeksha Bhoomi every year, especially on 14th October, the memorial day when Dr Ambedkar converted to Buddhism here. Deeksha literally means 'act of ordaining', Bhoomi means the 'ground'. So, literally, Deeksha Bhoomi means the ground where people got ordained as Buddhist. This religious mass conversion at one place was the first ever in history.