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About the FABC
About the FABC
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.

FABC 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 Benjamin Webster


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




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Vesak 2017 Celebrations in Western Australia
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This year we feature some photos and videos of activities that were held in April and May of this year in Perth, Western Australia by various Buddhist organisations in Perth.

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Vesak Day recognised at Federal Parliament
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Vesak for the first time was celebrated at the Parliament House Canberra on 10 May 2017. It was hosted by Senator the Hon. Zed Seleja Asst Minister for Multicultural Interests. Sen. Seselja read out the Vesak message by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. This was followed by a speech by Ajahn Brahm representing the Australian Sangha Association. Ms Cecilia Mitra, spoke on behalf of the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils.

Please share the video on your own websites. Thank-you.

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Federal government support for the Adani Group’s proposed Carmichael coalmine is the target of an open letter released today, signed by prominent leaders from Australia’s faith communities, including Uniting Church, Buddhists, Quakers and Catholic.

Dear Minister Frydenberg

As leaders in our diverse faith traditions, we feel compelled to challenge those responsible for Australia’s current climate and energy policies. In particular, we declare the proposal to provide public money to fund mining infrastructure in the Galilee Basin to be morally wrong.

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