I am pleased to provide this message on the occasion of Vesak.
Each year, millions of people around the world unite in observance of the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. It is an important time for the Buddhist community to come together to celebrate, reflect and renew faith.
On this occasion Australians are reminded of the significant contribution that Buddhism makes to the life of our country. Religious faith is an important element in our society.
For many, it provides meaning, purpose and inspiration to their daily lives. I acknowledge your commitment to respect, compassion and understanding as taught by Buddha.
I send my best wishes to everyone celebrating Vesak this year.
The Hon Tony Abbott MP Prime Minister of Australia 6 May 2014
Working together against slavery
Thursday, 01 May 2014 19:42
The current chair of the Australian Sangha Association Venerable Thích Trúc Thông Pháp has said this of the West Australian iron-ore magnate who has been active in anti-slavery initiatives: "Mr Forrest is an Australian business man, a billionaire and a Christian with a sensitive conscience who has let his heart be touched by avoidable human suffering. Some of us might even say that he has experienced the awakening of Bodhicitta within himself. He hopes to draw religious organisations around the world into a '’major operating company” to bring an end to slavery by 2020.
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils on behalf of the Australian Buddhist community support and commend his work.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 20:07
Bogus monks seen in Melbourne too
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 20:33
The Buddhist Council of Victoria would like to advise the public that bogus "Buddhist" monks have also been spotted in the Melbourne CBD over recent weeks. They are dressed in grey or orange colored robes, sometimes wearing these over normal clothing and shoes. They look like they are from China but may say they are from Thailand when asked. Usually they offer a small printed talisman of the Buddhist Avalokiteshvara deity as their opening gesture. For more information please refer to our earlier news posts.
Members of the public are asked to report these activities to the police or local consumer protection agency. You can also email us via our Contact Page.