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.

Monday 29 October 2012

Welsh Assembly Government Faith Communities Forum Meeting 24/10/2012

Some of the agenda items discussed at this meeting:
  1. Chaplaincy – continued support from the Welsh Government
  2. Nation of Sanctuary – Welsh government backs the bid for Wales to become recognised as a Nation of Sanctuary 
  3. Presentation with regard to the ‘Tackling Poverty Strategy’ – focus on material needs; the Forum raised the point that faith communities can offer support in terms of the spiritual needs of those in poverty; a means of communication with regard to such possible support to be explored
  4. Organ Donation Consultation update – some representative raised concerns over the bill to move towards a opt-out system in Wales; concerns discussed around the wording of the bill seeming to differ from the expressions of its application
  5. Prayers at Council Meetings – is it necessary for the Welsh government to intervene to allow prayers to be on the agenda at Council meetings
The Buddhist Council of Wales is the medium for all Buddhists in Wales to have a voice with the Welsh Assembly Government through its participation in the Faith Community Forum. If any Buddhist, Buddhist group, Buddhist tradition or lineage wish to make any comment or offer an opinion on any of these items, or have a topic that you feel should be raised with the Welsh Assembly Government, please contact the Buddhist Council of Wales – there is a contact form on the website.  

Interfaith Council for Wales Meeting 24/10/2012

The meetings of the Interfaith Council for Wales discuss the activities of numerous interfaith groups throughout Wales and those based in universities and chaplaincies. The meetings are usually well attended by representatives of all the major faiths in Wales. It is a useful forum to hear of the many valuable interfaith initiatives occurring throughout Wales such as:
  • Tŷ Cwrdd at Glamorgan University Chaplaincy
  • Ysbyty Gwynedd Multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre in Bangor
  • Community House, Newport, Gwent ‘One World Week’
  • The ‘Religion Café’ at Cardiff University Chaplaincy.
Buddhist are already involved in many interfaith activities and others may wish to become involved. If you, your Buddhist group, Buddhist tradition or lineage are involved in interfaith activities anywhere in Wales, please do let us know at the Buddhist Council of Wales. We can act as a focus of information and thereby inform the whole Buddhist community throughout Wales of interfaith activities and interfaith opportunities in Wales.
Please contact the Buddhist Council of Wales using the contact form on the website.