Passing away of Phra Ajahn Santitthito
Sunday, 31 August 2014 10:43
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We regret to inform all of the passing away of perhaps Australia's most elderly western monk, Bhante ( Phra Ajahn) Santitthito on 29th Aug 2014 at 4:40am at the age of 74 years. Originally from Germany (Ronald Wagner), Bhante has made significant contribution to the growth of Buddhism in Australia, bringing the Buddha Dhamma to the English speaking Australian community. He was Deputy Abbot and Vice-President of Wat Buddhalavarn at Weddrburn, NSW, Australia.

Bhante was a member of the Australian Sangha Association. He was a kind and thoughtful monk, and the Sangha will be poorer due to his passing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:48
Condolences posted on the Prime Minister of Australia’s MH17 web site by FABC President
Saturday, 02 August 2014 16:43
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On behalf of the Australian Buddhist community and our Executive, I would like to express our sincere and heart felt condolences for the loss of all those on board the downed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.
The senseless act of violence against the MA aircraft crew, the 37 men, women and children from Australia and all the other innocent passengers from, Holland, Malaysia and other countries has saddened everyone. We cannot imagine the distress the family and friends of the MH17 crew and passengers must be feeling after this terrible event.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 August 2014 16:49
Paper on Gender Equality by Australian Senior Monk blocked at UN Day of Vesak in Vietnam
Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
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UPDATE: Please sign the Online Petition which now has signatures from over 80 countries!

Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women is No. 3 on the list of eight declared United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, and is strongly supported by the FABC.

One of Australia's senior monks, Ajahn Brahm, was invited to deliver a speech on Gender Equality at the UN Day of Vesak Convention in Vietnam in May 2014. Unfortunately, Ajahn Brahm was prevented from delivering his speech by a ban imposed by conference organising committee the day before it was due to be given at the Convention. Ajahn Brahm's paper had been pre-approved by the conference organising committee several months before the event.

The FABC and Australian Buddhist communities are very disappointed at this missed opportunity to promote the important issue of Gender Equality at an international Buddhist event to celebrate the most important day in the Buddhist calendar.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 July 2014 11:56
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