WHAT WE DO

Our Vision

Our vision is of a world where the dharma – the teachings and practices of the Buddha – are part of everyday life and contribute to the wellbeing of all.  We seek to achieve this through supporting a flourishing Buddhist community that:

  • – has strong and sustainable Buddhist organisations
  • – has productive relationships between Buddhist organisations, with other faiths, with government and other social organisations
  • – contributes to the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities and society through putting the dharma into practice.

We work with and for the Buddhist community and others who share our vision to achieve this.

 

 

Our Four Pillars

MEMBER HELP

Supporting our members with:
  • Advice and information
  • Low cost insurance
  • Representation to government

BUDDHIST EDUCATION

Teaching the application of the Dharma through provision of:
  • Special Religious Education (weekly Buddhist ethics classes in government schools)
  • Training Unit

BUDDHIST CARE

Providing Care and Support to those in need through:
  • Hospital Chaplaincy
  • Prison Chaplaincy
  • Programs in nursing homes

BUDDHIST CONNECTION

Reaching out through the internet and social media by:
  • Developing, analysing and publishing new content
  • Organising community projects and events
  • Engaging in public relations, linking with the government, media and other interfaith organisations

Buddhist programs

We co-ordinate programs that promote Buddhist values within the community. This includes our fully government-accredited Buddhist Special Religious Education (SRE) and Chaplaincy programs. Our SRE program trains and supports volunteer teachers to provide weekly Buddhist ethics classes to primary school children. These classes share beneficial Buddhist values and ethics to the younger generation.

Our Chaplaincy program trains and places chaplains into prisons and hospitals. Our chaplains interact with people who are at a critical stage in their life. They relieve suffering by providing emotional and spiritual support in a compassionate and understanding manner.

Government liaison

We assist State Government agencies such as the Community Relations Commission, NSW Health, Corrective Services and the Department of Education and Training. We also work with Commonwealth Government agencies such as the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Our Member Services program provides free advice and support to our member organisations on a range of topics such as good governance, incorporation, tax and finance, technology, and fundraising, amongst other issues. We bridge gaps in information by providing our member organisations with information and timely advice.

Interfaith relationships

We liaise with other religious organisations to represent the Buddhist community at interfaith events. We also collaborate with interfaith groups during times of crisis to support the community e.g. we organised Buddhist monastics to assist in interfaith services after the Sydney siege in December 2014.

Media, promotion & representation

We engage with the Buddhist community using a combination of media and promotion. This involves regularly updating our blog and sharing insightful stories through our Facebook page. We respond to queries from media organisations via email (office@buddhistcouncil.org) or phone (02) 9966 8893..

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