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National Gallery of Victoria Reclining Buddha Exhibit
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:00

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).

 
President Report (2016-2017) - Cecilia Mitra
Saturday, 18 November 2017 13:20

 

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.

 
The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils’s position on Same Sex Marriage
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 23:00
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.

 

 
Statement on Violence in Myanmar
Sunday, 17 September 2017 18:00

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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Donate to UNHCR

 
2017 Federal Parliamentary Interfaith Breakfast
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:21

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.

 
Vesak 2017 Message from PM Malcolm Turnbull
Sunday, 21 May 2017 08:42

 
Vesak Day recognised at Federal Parliament
Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:34

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.

 
Vesak 2017 Celebrations in Western Australia
Monday, 08 May 2017 12:11

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.

 
Faith leaders call for stop to Galilee Basin coal
Monday, 01 May 2017 20:34

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.

The reality of human-caused climate change is settled science. Now it is time for action. We believe that people of goodwill must work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a matter of emergency, and to prepare for the inevitable consequences of the climate disruption already caused by earlier decisions.

 
BCV 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday March 25th, 2017
Thursday, 06 April 2017 21:46

 
Australian Sangha Association AGM
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 18:51

2017 ASA Conference and AGM will be held in Canberra on March 14 and 15. The Venerable Thich Quang Ba will be hosting the Conference at the Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre, in Lyneham ACT.

March 14: The presenters are Lifeline, DonateLife and Pallcare ACT.

March 15: An alms round will depart and return to Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre.

The current committee members would like to invite monastics to consider a place on the ASA committee as there will be opportunities available for the coming year.

For more info click here.

 
Senate Inquiry on the Government’s Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment Bill
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 20:53

Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC)’s Submission

The Buddhist position on gender quality and same sex marriage

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.

Buddhist texts do not contain prohibitions on same-sex marriage. Nor do they contain anti-LGBTQ views.

Our principles are guided by wisdom and compassion, and our concern here is for the alleviating of suffering of marginalized people. The empirical evidence strongly supports the contention that ending the ban on same-sex marriage creates a positive outcome for LGBTQ people

The FABC position on the Bill

We welcome and support the Bill introducing Civil Marriage equality in Australia. We applaud the government for this Bill however we humbly ask for the deletion of S 47A of the Bill.

Ideally, no Marriage Celebrant under the Civil Marriage Act should be entitled to refuse to solemnise a marriage against a person’s sexual orientation. This would be legalised discrimination. However, we understand the need to protect religious freedoms and for that reason, we are agreeable to Religious Marriage Celebrants being legally entitled to refuse to solemnise a marriage based on the celebrant’s conscientious or religious beliefs. However, it is our view that this right should not extend to Civil Marriage celebrants.

In our view, Civil Marriage Celebrants should not be empowered by the law to discriminate against the LGBTIQ community. We believe that one of the purposes of the law is to protect and strengthen the whole community. Imagine how it would feel to be told that a civil service is being legally denied to you only on the basis of personal prejudice against you. That would be bring much unnecessary harm and is unacceptable from a Buddhist standpoint

For the reasons above, a deletion of Section 47A of the Bill is necessary.

 

Yours faithfully,

Cecilia Mitra LLB hons (Singapore LLM (UWA)

President
Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC)

Note: You can view the Submission on the Parliament of Australia website by clicking here (page 4, number 78)

 
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