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 17 August 2015

Inter Faith Week 2015

It is Inter Faith Week from 15th - 21st November. This year, the Buddhist Council of Wales are arranging an event on Friday 20th November, hosted by the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community's Cardiff Buddhist Centre, details of the event will be announced in the near future.

Is your Buddhist organisation or group running an event in Wales for Inter Faith Week? If so, please let the Buddhist Council of Wales know and we will share it on our social media.

Friday 14 August 2015

Interfaith Council for Wales meeting July 30, 2015

Nor’dzin Pamo, Chair of the Buddhist Council of Wales, attended the Interfaith Council of Wales meeting on July 30, 2015, representing Buddhists in Wales.


1.    Croeso & Myfyrdod Tawel – Welcome & Silent Reflection             
2.    Ymddiheuriadau – Apologies                            
3.    Cofnodion y CCE – Minutes of the last EGM                   
4.    Meri Huws Comisiynydd yr Iaith Gymraeg – Welsh Language Commissioner

5.    Cliff Cohen: Cymorth Mudol – Migrant  Help   
6.    Cyfansoddiad Ddiwygiedig – Revised Constitution                

7.    Addysg Grefyddol – Religious Education                   

8.    Cadw De Cymru'n Diogel – Keep Safe Cymru                     

9.    Er cof – In remembrance: Kathryn Delpak                   

10.  Adroddiadau o’r Rhanbarthau – Regional Reports     

11.  Cyngor Partneriaeth Y Trydydd – Sector Third Sector Partnership Council    
12.  Troseddau Casineb – Hate Crime                       

13.  Wythnos Rhyng-ffydd – Inter-faith Week                   

14.  Myfyrdodau Terfynnol – Final Reflections    

Notes to the agenda:

4: The Welsh Language Commissioner informed the ICW that Welsh had received official status as a UK language in 2011. She observed that the children and grandchildren of non-Welsh speaking Welsh families were now learning the language.  A representative said that Welsh had been assisted in its survival through the Christian bible having been translated into Welsh.

 5: Cliff Cohen, a retired rabbi, is establishing a group of chaplains to attend migrants in initial accommodation centres. The chaplains will be called upon on a rotational basis to give generic pastoral care. Please contact the Buddhist Council of Wales if you would like to know more about this scheme or apply to be a chaplain.

7: A number of representatives expressed concern over a comment by Huw Lewis with regard to religious education in schools. Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills, announced in the Welsh Assembly on July 15th 2015, that Religious Education in schools in Wales was to be replaced by Religion, Philosophy and Ethics as part of the new Humanities area of study in the National Curriculum proposed by the Donaldson Report. 

8: South Wales Police, Learning Disability Services and Mencap Cymru, have jointly developed a Keep Safe Card Scheme for anyone in the South Wales force area with a Learning Disability, or Mental Health and communication need. This is intended to help individuals feel safer, and to assist police when help is needed. For more information: Keep Safe Cymru Card.

9: Kathryn Delpak was a highly respected representative of the Baha’i faith, who died recently.

10: The Gate arts centre in Roath, Cardiff hosts a spirituality meeting on the second Tuesday of the month. The peace mala organisation has a scheme of symbolic peace doves to travel the world.

Monday 10 August 2015

Buddhist Council of Wales represented at Muslim Eid Celebration

"A new initiative in Cardiff has seen members of many different faith communities join together to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid" -- Rob Osborne, ITV

Buddhists were represented at an Interfaith event on Wednesday 5th August to celebrate the Eid festival at the end of Ramadan. This was organised by a member of the Interfaith Council for Wales and was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rhiwbina.

Ngakma Nor'dzin Pamo, Chair of the Buddhist Council of Wales attended accompanied by her husband Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin Tridral.

It was a most extraordinary and joyous evening, with representatives from the Muslim, Baha'i, Christian, Jewish and Buddhist communities.

Ngakma Nor'dzin said: "It is wonderful to see how different faiths can come together harmoniously and share an appreciation of one-another."

The event was covered by ITV news and a short feature is on their website here