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Buddhists represented at Human Rights Roundtable
Thursday, 05 November 2015 21:20
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The Australian Buddhist community was represented at today's Roundtable meeting organised by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The FABC was represented by it's Hon. Treasurer Benjamin Webster (of BCNSW).

In an opening address to the Religious Freedom Roundtable in Sydney today, the Attorney-General Senator George Brandis said there were inconsistent attitudes to religious tolerance and freedom in Australia.

The Roundtable was convened by Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson to discuss how best to advance religious freedom.

The Roundtable included members of the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Catholic, Anglican, Baha’i, Russian Orthodox and Buddhist faiths. They were joined by representatives of the Seventh Day Adventists, the Rationalist Society, the Humanist Society, the Atheist Foundation and the Church of Scientology.

The Attorney-General said such multi-faith conversations were “useful in shaping the government’s agenda, so far as it affects both people of religious faith and people who do not profess religious beliefs”.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2015 23:19
 
Kathina 2015
Thursday, 05 November 2015 20:50
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Kathina is a Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat for Theravada Buddhists. The season during which a monastery may hold Kathina is one month long, beginning after the full moon of the eleventh month in the Lunar calendar (usually October). It is a time of giving, for the laity to express gratitude to Buddhist monks and nuns.Lay Buddhists bring donations to temples, especially new robes for the monks. Click here to read article from wikipedia.com

Last Updated on Friday, 06 November 2015 12:17
 
IBC Climate Change Statement for Paris COP21 Meeting
Sunday, 18 October 2015 13:48
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Message to All the world leaders who will be negotiating a universal climate agreement at the upcoming UN Convention on Climate Change, which will take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015, in Paris:

The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (F.A.B.C.) through it’s membership with five state Buddhist Councils of Australia represent several hundred Buddhist organisations in the country and are the de-facto voice of the Australian Buddhist community.

We support the the Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change which will be presented on 28 Nov 2015 in Paris on behalf of Buddhists around the world by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC).

The FABC is a member of the IBC and thank Dr Barbara Maas, Secretary of the IBC Standing Committee for Environment and Conservation in her role in this important initiative.

This is the Statement that will be presented in Paris on 28 November 2015:

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 October 2015 14:00
 
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