Vandalism and arson of Buddhist temples in Korea
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:27
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by Emi hayakawa, BTN, Nov 6, 2012

Seoul, South Korea -- Vandalism and arson of Buddhist temples and treasures, and important cultural properties relating to Buddhism by the Korean Christian and Protestant communities continue. Although many legislative laws have changed to protect cultural properties and national treasure after the tragic arson of the Namdaemun gate, national treasure No.1, vandalism to Buddhist temples and Buddhist treasures continue in Korea.

On October 4th, 2012, an arson tried to burn down the Gakhwangjeon Hall of Hwaomsa Temple in Gurye County, Korea. Fortunately, the fire only made a small damage to the gate of the hall due to quick actions of the monks and the fire prevention restoration made in 2008. On the CCTV, the video captured a man pouring a flammable substance across the hall, and according to witnesses they smelt a very arsenic substance coming from the hall before the man threw in a match to burn down the Gakhwangjeon Hall.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:29
Sapling of World's Oldest Tree planted in WA Nuns Monastery
Saturday, 01 December 2012 10:03
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On Sunday 25th November 2012 a sapling of the oldest recorded tree in history from Sri Lanka was planted at the Dhammasara nun's monastery in Gidgeganup. This tree is called the Sri Maha Bodhi tree and was planted in 288 BC during the reign of India's King Asoka. This branch of the Bodhi tree was sent south to Sri Lanka as part of the King's effort to spread the Buddha Dhamma far and wide for the benefit of all sentient beings.

The Buddha gained full awakening approximately 2,500 years ago under the original Bodhi tree in India. After gaining the full awakening experience the Buddha remained under the tree for seven weeks to contemplate the finer points of reality (Dhammas).

It is said the Buddha gestured his appreciation to the Bodhi tree, and indeed to all of nature, by touching the earth below his feet as witness to his great achievement. The Bodhi tree (which is similar to the banyan tree of the ficus family) has since that time been respected by Buddhists around the world. The Bodhi tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which is a popular Buddhist symbol.

The sapling that was planted at Dhammasara was a gift from the oldest Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka which was formed in the same year 288 BC. And now in 2012 a sapling from that tree has been sent further south all the way to Australia as a special gift from the people of Sri Lanka to Australians.

A gathering of senior Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka and Australia officiated the planting of the Bodhi tree. This was great significance also because it showed the support by the Sri Lankan Buddhist community of the re-establishment the order of Theravadan nuns in WA in 2008. (The Buddha is the first religious teacher in history to have established a female clergy, but the order of Theravadan branch of nuns died off some centuries after Buddhism died out in India.).

To see photos of this event please click here.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 December 2012 10:14
Annual Report by President 2012
Sunday, 18 November 2012 19:53
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Mr Kim HollowThe FABC's Annual General Meeting was held on 18 Nov 2012. Mr Kim Hollow has been re-elected the president. The new committee is comprised of:

President Kim Hollow BCQ
Vice-President Jake Mitra BCWA
Treasurer Stewart Jarvis BCWA
Secretary Trevor Robertson BCNSW
Member Anna Markey BCSA
Member Brian Ashen BCV
Member Brian White BCNSW
Member Rev. Eido McIntyre BCQ

President Kim Hollow's Report is as follows:

It has again been a busy period for the committee of the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC). It is my pleasure to provide this overview of our numerous activities over the past twelve months.

Our council is usually comprised of two representatives from each of the mainland state councils. Our state appointed delegates undertake the day to day management of the FABC. All our dedicated members give freely of their time, Dharma knowledge and wisdom to support the FABC and their own state councils with Dharma propagation. The FABC as part of our constitution is charged with educating and assisting the Australian community better understand the needs and aspirations of Australian Buddhists.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 November 2012 20:17
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