The Buddha and His Dhamma

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The Buddha and His Dhamma
AuthorB. R. Ambedkar
PublisherSiddhartha College Publications, Mumbai[1]
Publication date
Followed byDr. Babasheb Ambedkar: Writings and Speeches, Vol. 12. Unpublished writings ; Ancient Indian commerce ; Notes on laws ; Waiting for a visa ; Miscellaneous notes, etc. 

The Buddha and His Dhamma, is a 1957 treatise on Buddha's life and philosophy. It was the last work of Indian statesman and scholar B. R. Ambedkar. According to Queen (2015),[2] the text is treated as scripture for those who follow Navayana Buddhism.[2]

Publication history[edit]

The Buddha and His Dhamma was first published in 1957 in the year following Ambedkar's death on 6 December 1956. Written in English, the book has been translated to many languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali and Kannada.[citation needed]

It was republished in 1979 as the eleventh volume of Ambedkar's collected writings and speeches, with a list of sources and an index.[3]

B.R. Ambedkar mentioned that it is one of the three books which he believed to form a set for the proper understanding of Buddhism. The other two books are:

  • Buddha and Karl Marx; and
  • Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Ancient India.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

A Hindi-language film, A Journey of Samyak Buddha, is based on The Buddha and His Dhamma.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ambedkar, B. R. The Buddha and His Dhamma, retrieved 2008-12-27
  2. ^ a b Queen, Christopher (2015). Emmanuel, Steven M. (ed.). A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 529–531. ISBN 978-1-119-14466-3.
  3. ^ Ambedkar, Babasheb, Dr. (1979) [1957]. The Buddha and His Dhamma (PDF).{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Ambedkar, B.R. "Preface / unpublished". Columbia University.
  5. ^ "Film on Buddha based on Ambedkar's book to be released on March 15". The Times of India. 13 March 2013. Archived from the original on 15 November 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.


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