What is World Fellowship of Buddhists

What is World Fellowship of Buddhists

The World Fellowship of Buddhists(WFB)is a established with a purpose to promote various exchanges and friendship among Buddhists in the world, in order to spread the noble teachings of Buddha, and contribute to the World peace, in 1950.The headquarters is located at Bangkok, Thailand, and its affiliate members are 170 regional centers from various countries throughout the world.

Since the establishment of WFB, the General Conference, the highest decision-making function, has been held in every two to three years, and review its organizations and activities and decide the agendas and schedules of activities at its Conferences in the past.

The origin

The World Fellowship of Buddhists ( WFB ) was founded on May 25 B.E.2493 (1950) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where representatives from 27 countries in Asia, Europe and North America (including Hawaii) met for this purpose. Nearly every school of Buddhism in the Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana traditions was represented by members of the Sangha as well as laity. This was probably the first time in the history of Buddhism that such a gathering was held. No Buddhist sect, school or organization was unwilling to attend the meeting. Thus founded, the WFB represents the common interests of Buddhists throughout the world numbering hundreds of millions.

Aims and Objectives

The Aims and Objectives of the World Fellowship of Buddhists are

  1. To promote among the members strict observance and practice of the teachings of the Buddha;
  2. To secure unity, solidarity, and brotherhood amongst Buddhists;
  3. To propagate the sublime doctrine of the Buddha;
  4. To organize and carry on activities in the field of social, educational, cultural and other humanitarian services;
  5. To work for happiness, harmony and peace on earth and to collaborate with other organizations working for the same ends.

In order to achieve its Aims and Objectives, the World Fellowship of Buddhists shall

a. Establish Regional Centres in countries, territories, or areas where there are appreciable numbers of Buddhists, whose belief in and pratice of Buddhism are free and unrestricted, or give recognition to any existing organizations as Regional Centres;
b. Establish and maintain Dhamma-duta Centres throughout the world for the purpose of disseminating the teachings of the Buddha, promoting and encouraging practice and observance of the teachings of the Buddha;
c. Establish and maintain, or assist in the establishment and maintenance of, such institutions as may be necessary for the study and propagation of Buddhism;
d. Stimulate and promote active practice and observance of the principles of Buddhism;
e. Organize and maintain, or assist in the organization and maintenance of, institutions for social, educational, cultural, and other humanitarian services;
f. Act as a directing and coordinating authority amongst international Dhamma-duta Centres;
g. Organize and promote exchange of missions, scholars and students between Buddhist countries; and
h. Take such other steps as will be conductive to the promotion of its Aims and Objectives.