Buddhist Council Logo

Western Australia

Buddhist Council of
Western Australia

The BCWA was formed in 1995 to serve as a peak body to represent the Buddhist community at government level and national levels... website

South Australia

Buddhist Council of
South Australia

The BCSA was incorporated on the 25th October 2005 to serve as the representative organisation for Buddhist temples, groups and organisations in South Australia... website

Queensland

Buddhist Council of
Queensland

The BCQ, which was created in 1999, has brought a large number of Buddhist centres and societies together, for their common benefit... website

New South Wales

Buddhist Council of
New South Wales

On the instigation of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, a meeting was held in 1984 in Sydney to establish a regional branch and thus form the Buddhist Council of NSW... website

Victoria

Buddhist Council
of Victoria

The Buddhist Council of Victoria, formed in 1995, is an actively engaged body representing the needs of Buddhists to all levels of government in the state of Victoria... website

Aussie Buddhism
Thursday, 25 January 2018 09:32

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.

 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Saturday, 23 December 2017 10:56

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

 
IBC Meeting | Delhi | Dec 2017
Friday, 15 December 2017 10:25

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.

 

 
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
----------------------------
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.

 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 Next > End >>