The Amida Order has been supporting the Ambedkarite community in Delhi, India, through Suvidya and Suando's ministry work, and now his son, Siddharth, would like to carry on his father's ministry work.
Suvidya was born into the lowest caste in India. He married Suando and had three children together, Siddharth being the youngest of them all.
Sudoshin, another woman from their community, were equally inspired and these two women ordained as gankonens at the same time that Sividya ordained as a minister in 2014. The situation for women in poor areas in India is one of the most challenging and difficult because they have not been educated, and they are often not respected if they take on a leadership role.
As gankonens, Suando and Sudoshin supported Suvidya. The three of them devoted their lives to care for the poor in their community. Suvidya, sadly passed away last month. He was a good natured, compassionate, sincere and devotional Buddhist priest. He had the heart of a Bodhisattva and I have faith that he is now dwelling in the land of utmost bliss with Amida Buddha and a multitude of Bodhisattvas.
We are continuing to support Suando and Siddharth as much as we can, financially and spiritually. Jnanamati has started mentoring Siddharth and they gather weekly, together with Suando, for service and fellowship.
We are appealing for funding support to Suvidya’s family. His youngest son has expressed a wish to carry on in Suvidya’s footsteps and to support the Amida Delhi community. Every little bit helps and we would like to do whatever we can to support him and the Amida Delhi community.