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The Buddha and His Dhamma, a treatise on Buddha's life and Buddhism, was the last work of Indian statesman and scholar B. R. Ambedkar. It was first published in 1957 after Ambedkar's death on 6 December 1956. According to Christopher Queen, the text is the scripture for those who follow Navayana Buddhism.[2]

The Buddha and His Dhamma
AuthorBhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
PublisherSiddhartha College Publications, Mumbai[1]
Publication date
Followed byBabasheb Ambedkar, writings and speeches, v. 12. Unpublished writings ; Ancient Indian commerce ; Notes on laws ; Waiting for a visa ; Miscellaneous notes, etc. 

It was again Published in 1979 by the Education Department of the Government of Maharashtra as the eleventh volume of Ambedkar's collected writings and speeches, with a list of sources and an index.[3] Written in English, the book has been translated to many languages including Hindi, Gujarati,Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, and Kannada.[citation needed]

B. R. Ambedkar mentioned that it is one of the three books which will form a set for the proper understanding of Buddhism. The other books are: (i) Buddha and Karl Marx; and (ii) Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Ancient India.[4]


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  1. ^ Ambedkar, B. R. The Buddha and His Dhamma, retrieved 2008-12-27
  2. ^ Christopher Queen (2015). Steven M. Emmanuel (ed.). A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 529–531. ISBN 978-1-119-14466-3.
  3. ^ Dr.Babasheb Ambedkar, writings and speeches, volume 11
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  • Ambedkar, Bhimrao Ramji; Rathore, Aakash Singh; Verma, Ajay (eds) (2011). The Buddha and his dhamma: a critical edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198068679.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  • Baumann, Martin (1991). Neo-Buddhistische Konzeptionen in Indien und England: Zum 100. Geburtstag Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkars, Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 43 (2), pp. 97-116
  • Fiske, Adele and Christoph Emmrich (2004). The use of Buddhist scriptures in B.R. Ambedkar's The Buddha and His Dhamma. In: Jondhale, Surendra; Beltz, Johannes (eds.). Reconstructing the world: B.R. Ambedkar and Buddhism in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press
  • Sangharakshita (1986). "The Buddha and his Dhamma". Ambedkar and Buddhism (PDF) (1st ed.). Windhorse.

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