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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:

Role

Name

State Council

President

Ms Cecilia Mitra

BCWA

Vice-President

Mr Brian Ashen

BCV

Treasurer

Mr Benjamin Webster

BCNSW

Hon. Secretary

Mr Kevin Dickson

BCWA

Members:

Mr Brian White

BCNSW

Mr Kim Hollow

BCQ

Mr Jim Ferguson

BCQ

Mr Michael Wells

BCV

Ms Anna Markey

SABC

 

Rev George Gatenby

SABC

 

 

RMC Co-ordinator

Mr Dennis Sheppard

WA

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 16:46
 
President Report (2016-2017) - Cecilia Mitra
Saturday, 18 November 2017 13:20
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Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC) President’s Report 2017

L-R: B. Ashen (VIC), B. Webster (NSW), C Mitra (WA), K. Dickson (WA), S Amoore (ACT), B. White (NSW)

I would like to start by thanking the following: -


2016/17 FABC Committee especially Mr Brian Ashen (VP), Mr Kevin Dickson (Secretary) and Mr Benjamin Webster (Treasurer);
The ASA especially Ajahn Brahm for his invaluable guidance and support;
Mr Dennis Sheppard, Coordinator of our Religious Marriage Celebrants;
Dr. Jake Mitra for IT & AV support and advice; and
Mrs Mohini Gunesekera, Bhante Sujato and Mr Stuart Amoore.


As incoming President, I had two broad objectives: -
1.    For FABC as peak body to be consulted on current social issues by government and media; and
2.    Access to Donations to be able to carry out our long term goals.

Vesak 2017 Celebrated at Federal Parliament House, Canberra

On 10 May 2017, Vesak was for the first time celebrated at Federal Parliament House in Canberra - a Joint Celebration by the Government, the ASA and the FABC.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:52
 
2017 Federal Parliamentary Interfaith Breakfast
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:21
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Ms Cecilia Mitra, President of the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, sharing the Ten Buddhist Principles of Governance at the 2017 Federal Parliamentary Interfaith Breakfast on 9 August at the National Press Club Conference, Canberra. Guest Speakers at the event include: The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition; and Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 August 2017 00:28
 
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils’s position on Same Sex Marriage
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 23:00
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In Buddhist traditions, there is no fixed or mandated form of marriage and from a Buddhist point of view there is no such thing as a single fixed, natural, or pre-ordained form of marriage and supports same sex marriage as long as it is between two consenting adults.

The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils has been consistent in its position in support for Same Sex Marriage since 2012 :

Feb 2017
Senate Inquiry Submission
: The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils made a Senate Inquiry Submission in support of the Bill introducing Civil Marriage Equality in Australia.

Sep 2016
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils made a Statement opposing the Plebiscite on Same Sex Marriage

2013
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils endorsed its 2012 Statements on Marriage Equality.

2012
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils submitted a written submission in support of Marriage Equality. This was followed by a Parliamentary Consultation Statement in support of Marriage Equality.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 23:07
 
Statement on Violence in Myanmar
Sunday, 17 September 2017 18:00
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FABC Statement on Violence in Myanmar

We are deeply concerned with the violence in Myanmar. This is a long standing conflict regarding nationalistic and ethnic issues and has caused much suffering for decades.
The Buddha teaches non-harm and those practicing acts of violence are not practicing the teachings of the Buddha.
There has been much media reports about this issue and some of which are not entirely accurate. To promote religious harmony and peace in Australia, there should be responsible reporting, no disinformation or misinformation that could spark more hatred and disharmony, especially here.
We appeal to all Australians to support this humanitarian problem with humanitarian aid to the victims.

16 Sep 2017
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Last Updated on Monday, 18 September 2017 14:21
 
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