Welcome to the Buddhist Council of Wales site. Here you will find details of events, information and news relating to the organisations which are members of the Council and also to other Buddhist organisations – a resource for all Buddhists in Wales.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The heritage of minority faith buildings in the 20th century - 12th March 2018

The heritage of minority faith buildings in the 20th century
12th March 2018

Historic England has been working with partners over recent years to develop and deepen an understanding of the landscape of faith buildings in 20th century England, including the long-standing traditions of Christianity and Judaism. This particular event will instead focus on those faith groups which arrived in the UK in the late 19th and 20th century, and have since made a significant contribution to the heritage of a modern and multicultural historic environment.

For the first time, we and Historic England will bring together this new body of research on Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian places of worship with heritage practitioners, researchers and theorists. The aim is to provide a platform for a discussion on issues of heritage practice and heritage discourse in the field of multiculturalism, multiple identities and the historic environment. This will provide an opportunity for a long overdue debate on the significance and character of buildings whose quality and importance have not been fully recognised in heritage debates.



Monday, 16 October 2017

UWC Atlantic College's Peace March for the Rohingya Crisis on 20th October 2017

Students at UWC Atlantic College are organising a peaceful march in Bridgend from 14:30 to 16:00 on Friday 20th October to raise awareness about the ongoing Rohingya crisis and to promote peace.

UWC Atlantic College students believe that the Rohingya crisis cannot be ignored and that people should be more informed about this crisis through community actions like this peace march.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Lion's Roar - Statement: Myanmar’s Buddhist Leaders Must Take a Stand Against Ethnic Cleansing

Lion's Roar has published a letter signed by over 200 Buddhist teachers and community leaders calling on Myanmar’s Buddhist leaders to take action to end the crisis.

You can read the letter by visiting here

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Charter for Compassion

Charter for Compassion International provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. It's mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion through concrete, practical action in a myriad of sectors.

You can read about the Charter for Compassion by visiting here which also has links to sign the Charter and also to join the movement.

Friday, 29 September 2017

‘Global Shanti’ – Amaravati Buddhist Heritage Festival


We are pleased to invite you to participate in ‘Global Shanti’ – Amaravati Buddhist Heritage Festival, an initiative by the Government of Andhra Pradesh being held from November 24 – 26, 2017 in Vijayawada.

The festival is free entry and will feature three days of insightful speakers from across the Buddhist community, entertaining and educational musical and theatrical performances and a special exhibition on the Buddhist heritage sites and art of Andhra Pradesh.

Planned two weeks prior to Bodhi Day, we hope to achieve the largest ever gathering of Buddhist followers and supporters performing together a chant for world peace. Led by esteemed guests of honor from all three rafts, Theravada, Vajrayana and Mahayana, the chant will unite Monks, Bhikkhunis, lay Buddhists and people of all faiths across the globe. For organizations and individuals that are not based in India and unable to travel, we would like you to connect and unite with us on the digital platform at the designated time for the global chant. Our efforts are to achieve a world record to have the largest participation in a chant for the noble cause of attaining world peace.

As part of the festival, curated tours will be run across the state at a nominal fee. Andhra Pradesh has 200+ important Buddhist sites dating back to the 3rdCentury B.C. and is an important center for pilgrimage and study. The state is home to The Great Buddhist Stupa in Amaravati which is the largest in India. Close by is the Nagarjunakonda island, an ancient center of Buddhist learning, which houses 2000-year old Relic Caskets and beautiful sculptural Buddhist Art. There are many other magnificent stupas, vihara complexes and Chaityas Rock-cut caves bursting with fascinating history, all within close reach of the festival.

At present, we are gathering numbers and availability of interested organisations. With further information about the festival being disseminated   in the coming weeks along with a call for volunteers and submissions for short plays, musical performances and talks.

Our company Fountainhead MKTG, part of the Dentsu Aegis Network, has the privilege of being commissioned by the Tourism Authority of the Government of Andhra Pradesh to organize the event. We have been building memorable events since 1995 and are also producing several other events over the coming months celebrating the rich cultural history of the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Please register your interest either by replying to this email or filling the online form on the link below. Please state estimated number of participants and if you would be joining in person for the festival, joining the chant online or both.

We look forwards to welcoming you.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Chair’s report of events attended April to September

The following events were attended by a Buddhist Council of Wales representative:
  • 3 April Faith Communities Forum meeting, with the First Minister and other AMs 
  • 5 May - teaching at Cardiff and Vale College   
  • 10 May - reporting journalism 
  • 18 May - meeting with BBC  
  • 31 May - Marie Curie Advisory Group meeting  
  • 18 July - Marie Curie Advisory Group meeting  
  • 20 September - Marie Curie Advisory Group meeting

Events to which a representative of the Buddhist Council of Wales were invited, but no representative was available to attend:
  • 27 April - 'Teaching Genocide: Lessons from Srebrenica’ 
  • 24 -28 April - Solutions not Sides -  conflict resolution workshops 
  • 11 May - Dying Matters conference 
  • Several interfaith invitations from Race Equality First 
  • 6 evening events May and June, Muslim Council Wales - Strategy and Leadership Team, Darul Isra Mosque 
  • 'Sharing Ramadan' from Mohammed Alamgir Ahmed, Community Outreach Manager 
  • 12-13 July - Inter-faith symposium. University of Wales: Trinity Saint David.  
  • 13 July - Interfaith Council for Wales meeting  
  • 20 July Peace Mala Inter-faith Liturgy for World Peace at Llandaf Cathedral, Cardiff.  
  • 31 July The Welsh National Service of Remembrance to mark the Centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) in Langemark, Belgium

Buddhist Council of Wales autumn meeting

The Buddhist Council of Wales autumn meeting is tomorrow, 23rd September at 10:30.
It is being hosted by University of Wales Trinity St David's, Lampeter. Meet at Reception.

Please join us if you are interested in the work of the BCW.