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Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils
Sunday, 06 March 2011 19:54
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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 Ms Cecilia Mitra of the Buddhist Council of Western Australia.

Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils Mission Statement:

1 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
2 To support the Australian Buddhist community through state and territory Buddhist Councils
3 To promote the understanding and practice of the Buddha's teachings in Australia
4 To represent the Australian Buddhist community in working constructively with overseas Buddhist groups


The FABC Management Committee comprises two volunteer delegates from each state Buddhist Council and is structured as follows:



State Council


Ms Cecilia Mitra



Mr Brian Ashen



Mr Michael Wells


Hon. Secretary

Mr Kevin Dickson



Mr Brian White


Mr Kim Hollow


Mr Jim Ferguson


Mr Michael Wells


Ms Anna Markey



Rev George Gatenby




RMC Co-ordinator

Mr Dennis Sheppard




Last Updated on Friday, 15 December 2017 10:53
Aussie Buddhism
Thursday, 25 January 2018 09:32
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This Australia Day we celebrate our Australian values and share this 2014 episode of a radio broadcast by ABC Radio which describes beautifully the history that is in the making here.

Australian Buddhism is emerging in a way that espouses the values of Australia; namely independence, open heartedness and respect and care for fellow men and women.

Please click here to listen to this excellent documentary on Buddhism in Australia.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 January 2018 21:20
IBC Meeting | Delhi | Dec 2017
Friday, 15 December 2017 10:25
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IBC Committee 2017

An International Buddhist Confederation (ICB) General Assembly Meeting was held in New Delhi, India on 10 & 11 December 2017.

Australia was appointed to the new Governing Council in two positions:

Ven. Thich Quang Ba of Canberra was appointed as a President of the Governing Council.

Ms Cecilia Mitra (FABC President) was appointed as a Hon. Secretary.


Last Updated on Friday, 15 December 2017 11:08
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Saturday, 23 December 2017 10:56
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Wishing all a happy and meaningful Christmas season.

And may the New Year be filled with peace, joy and harmony.

May all be well and happy!

From The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 December 2017 12:03
National Gallery of Victoria Reclining Buddha Exhibit
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:00
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The management committee of the FABC wishes to make this statement regarding the reclining Buddha exhibit at the NGV.

There are of course differing opinions about this exhibit, even among our committee. However, on reflection, we feel that Buddha never took or gave offence about anything, and would not take offence about this depiction, the manifestation from an artist’s mind.

The artist is clearly not trying to give offence either and while we sympathise with those who may take offence by this exhibit, we can also take this opportunity to be tolerant in this matter.

The statues are not disturbed, only our minds can be disturbed, therefore we leave it up to individuals to express concern directly to the management of the NGV.
We attach the following letter from the NGV to the BCV rep and vice president of the FABC who has pushed for a meeting with a delegation from the BCV. This letter gives some explanation of the artist’s motivation.

We also attach a statement below from the Australian Sangha Association on this matter (click to read more below).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:23
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