The New Zealand Buddhist Council’s tenth birthday
In November 2018, we are celebrating our tenth anniversary, and marking this with peace walks: In Christchurch – Buddhist Mindful Peace Walk on Friday 16th November, 2018.
In Auckland – 10,800 Steps for Peace on Saturday 24th November, 2018.
Formation and achievements of New Zealand Buddhist Council
In 2007, Buddhists from many traditions gathered in the Leys Institute hall in Ponsonby, Auckland, to discuss the creation of a new umbrella organisation to represent Buddhist temples and centres around Aotearoa New Zealand. The following year the New Zealand Buddhist Council was registered as an incorporated society, and it from is this milestone that we’re counting ten years.
Since our small beginning, we’ve grown our membership to around 25 organisations, from Kerikeri to Invercargill.
To mention just a few of the things we’ve been doing, over the last ten years we have:
- worked with Immigration New Zealand to change regulations for work visas and PR for Buddhist clergy so they are better suited to monastic rules, and passed on information to our members on successfully navigating the application process
- distributed over 700 donated Dharma books to 18 New Zealand prisons and facilitated Dharma and meditation classes in conjunction with Pu Shien Temple at the new Wiri prison, mainly to Chinese inmates
- presented a unique trilingual edition of the Dhammapada to Parliament’s Clerk of the House (in Pali, Chinese and English)
- held gatherings in Wellington (“Buddhist Perspectives on Caring for the Dying and Deceased”), Christchurch (a post-earthquake support network) and Auckland (Mindfulness for Teachers and Parents)
- run training programs for Buddhist chaplains in conjunction with Amitabha Hospice and supervised the ongoing skill development of our Apprentice Buddhist Chaplains
- held workshops for Buddhist organisations on the new Charities Services reporting standards.
Along with these activities the Council has, over the years, built a network of friendship and mutual support across our member organisations, and will to continue this work over the years to come.