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IBC Meeting | Delhi | Dec 2017
Friday, 15 December 2017 10:25

IBC Committee 2017

An International Buddhist Confederation (ICB) General Assembly Meeting was held in New Delhi, India on 10 & 11 December 2017.

Australia was appointed to the new Governing Council in two positions:

Ven. Thich Quang Ba of Canberra was appointed as a President of the Governing Council.

Ms Cecilia Mitra (FABC President) was appointed as a Hon. Secretary.

 

 
National Gallery of Victoria Reclining Buddha Exhibit
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:00

The management committee of the FABC wishes to make this statement regarding the reclining Buddha exhibit at the NGV.

There are of course differing opinions about this exhibit, even among our committee. However, on reflection, we feel that Buddha never took or gave offence about anything, and would not take offence about this depiction, the manifestation from an artist’s mind.

The artist is clearly not trying to give offence either and while we sympathise with those who may take offence by this exhibit, we can also take this opportunity to be tolerant in this matter.

The statues are not disturbed, only our minds can be disturbed, therefore we leave it up to individuals to express concern directly to the management of the NGV.
We attach the following letter from the NGV to the BCV rep and vice president of the FABC who has pushed for a meeting with a delegation from the BCV. This letter gives some explanation of the artist’s motivation.

We also attach a statement below from the Australian Sangha Association on this matter (click to read more below).

 
President Report (2016-2017) - Cecilia Mitra
Saturday, 18 November 2017 13:20

 

Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC) President’s Report 2017

L-R: B. Ashen (VIC), B. Webster (NSW), C Mitra (WA), K. Dickson (WA), S Amoore (ACT), B. White (NSW)

I would like to start by thanking the following: -


2016/17 FABC Committee especially Mr Brian Ashen (VP), Mr Kevin Dickson (Secretary) and Mr Benjamin Webster (Treasurer);
The ASA especially Ajahn Brahm for his invaluable guidance and support;
Mr Dennis Sheppard, Coordinator of our Religious Marriage Celebrants;
Dr. Jake Mitra for IT & AV support and advice; and
Mrs Mohini Gunesekera, Bhante Sujato and Mr Stuart Amoore.


As incoming President, I had two broad objectives: -
1.    For FABC as peak body to be consulted on current social issues by government and media; and
2.    Access to Donations to be able to carry out our long term goals.

Vesak 2017 Celebrated at Federal Parliament House, Canberra

On 10 May 2017, Vesak was for the first time celebrated at Federal Parliament House in Canberra - a Joint Celebration by the Government, the ASA and the FABC.