I am pleased to provide this message on the occasion of Vesak.
Celebrating the birth, enlightenment and passing of Sakyamuni Buddha, this is an important time for the Buddhist community to come together in fellowship, and for the broader community to deepen their appreciation of Buddhist culture.
The Buddhist community, in all its diversity, has become an integral part of the Australian story.
Buddhism is Australia’s second-most practiced religion. For many, it provides meaning, purpose and inspiration to their daily lives.
The five precepts of Buddhism: don’t kill, don’t steal, avoid dishonourable conduct, don’t lie, and don’t over-indulge, stand as a universal code of conduct that all people – regardless of our religion or culture – should strive towards.
At this time, we celebrate the contribution that the Buddhist community makes to Australia. I acknowledge your commitment to respect, compassion and understanding as taught by Buddha.
I send my best wishes to everyone attending this celebration.
The Hon Tony Abbott MP Prime Minister of Australia
26 May 2015
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The passing of Graeme Lyall on Vesak Day 2015
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 17:43
The FABC Committee has learned with great sadness from the Buddhist Council of NSW that Graeme Lyall passed away on Sunday 3rd May 2015, aged 83. Graeme was the founding Chair of the Buddhist Council of NSW in 1985. Even after his retirement in 2006, he continued his active service to Buddhism and the Australian community.
"Graeme represented Australian Buddhism for more than six decades and was a pioneer of Buddhism in Australia", noted the current chair of the Buddhist Council, Brian White. "Graeme Lyall will be missed by the many Buddhist groups he assisted, the many hundreds of prison inmates he helped, and his loss will be felt across the Buddhist world" I personally learned so much from Graeme and will miss his inspiration and his sense of humour." Graeme Lyall was lucid and clear thinking right up until his peaceful passing in Royal North Shore Hospital surrounded by family and friends, on this very auspicious Vesak full-moon day.
The FABC Committee acknowledges the great contributions by Graeme Lyall to the establishment of the Buddha Dharma in Australia over many decades, and note that even in his death he has shared the Dhamma with all who will listen.
About the FABC
Sunday, 06 March 2011 19:54
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils is the peak body representing Buddhism in Australia.
The combined membership of the five state Buddhist councils represents more than 200 Buddhist temples and organisations nationwide, their members include the majority of more than 400,000 Australian Buddhists.
The FABC works closely with the Australian Sangha Association (the peak body representing ordained Buddhist Australians) developing and promoting Buddhism in Australia and work in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding between our two organisations.
The current FABC President is Mr Kim Hollow (pictured) of the Buddhist Council of Queensland. He is a fourth generation Australian and has been President since 2009.
FABC Mission Statement:
To provide national representation of the Buddhist community to the Australian Government, media, inter-faith groups, and the public, in accordance with the Buddha's teachings
To support the Australian Buddhist community through state and territory Buddhist Councils
To promote the understanding and practice of the Buddha's teachings in Australia
To represent the Australian Buddhist community in working constructively with overseas Buddhist groups
The FABC Management Committee comprises two delegates from each state Buddhist Council and is structured as follows: