Constitutional Recognition of First Nations Peoples

The Federation of Australian Buddhist Buddhist Councils supports the recognition of First Nations peoples in the Constitution as requested in the Uluru Statement.

Reconciliation and redressing past wrongs require a comprehensive response: symbolic recognition in the Constitution, effective structures for consultation and decision making through the Voice, as well as practical moves towards addressing the problems outlined in the Closing the Gap and other reports.

There are uncertainties about the effect of constitutional change and how effective the Voice will be in addressing Indigenous disadvantage. However we are reassured about the approach being taken because: Read more »

The Passing of Marlene Robbins – March 2023

We are sad to announce the passing of our much loved and cherished long-term committee member Ms Marlene Robbins.
She will be remembered as the wonderful warm and kind human being she was. Everyone who knew her will remember her selfless nature and beaming smile.
Marlene has been a committee member and the immediate past president of the Buddhist Council of Western Australia representing the Hayagriva Buddhist Centre of WA. We were informed of her peaceful passing on Saturday 11 Mar which was a significant date on our calendar.
She has been very generous with her time and spirit and helped out as volunteer with many WA non-profit organisations. Even though Marlene was aware her days were numbered she still put her hand up to volunteer with us again on the present committee as Vice-President.
Thank-you for your exemplary leadership and friendship Marlene, and we know you are in a better realm, and that your journey through the ocean of samsara will be short, and that final liberation is close for you.

Home Affairs Deputy Secretary (DS) of Social Cohesion and Citizenship, Andrew Kefford PSM visited Perth

Last week, the Home Affairs Deputy Secretary (DS) of Social Cohesion and Citizenship, Andrew Kefford PSM visited Perth.

In this role, he is responsible for Australia’s Citizenship Program, and social cohesion and Australian values, and is concurrently appointed as the Commonwealth’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator and Counter Foreign Interference Coordinator. Andrew Kefford PSM is also the Indigenous Champion for the department of Home Affairs.

While in Perth, he met with various faith leaders across WA (pictured below). Discussions centred on how to maximise social cohesion outcomes across community, and acknowledging the critical role that faith leaders play in leading and building resilience.

DS Andrew Kefford PSM also hosted an afternoon tea with various community representatives from across Western Australia. It was an opportunity to thank and acknowledge the important role community representatives undertake in advocating for positive social cohesion outcomes for their community and for their continued engagement with the Australian Government.

(The BCWA president is pictured second from the right)

BLIAWA-Buddha Birthday 11&12 Feb 2023 at Supreme Court Garden in Perth

Buddha’s Light International Association of Western Australia Inc. (BLIAWA) was officially registered as a not-for-profit Buddhist organisation in Western Australia and a BLIA Chapter in January 1993. In 2003, BLIA accepted the honour in joining the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with special consultative status in recognition of BLIA’s work in promoting health, education and sustainability worldwide. As we enter 2023, we are proud to celebrate BLIAWA 30th Anniversary during the Buddha’s Birthday & Multicultural Festival

This event has been supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests and City of Perth. BLIAWA welcomes you to witness the most auspicious day in the Buddhist calendar and to commemorate the founder of Buddhism, Sakyamuni Buddha’s day of birth. The theme for the festival is “Wisdom & Innovation, Environmental & Spiritual Preservation”. We have specially invited multi-faith leaders to offer a prayer for hope, unity in spirit and action, bringing about good health and world peace. Hence, your presence will be a significant contribution for sending this important message to all in the community.

Event will take place on the weekend (10:30am-8:30pm) 11 and (9am-5pm) 12 March 2023

Opening Ceremony: 6:00pm, 11 March 2023.
Venue: Supreme Court Gardens, Perth

 

The passing of Fo Guang Shan Founder Venerable Master Hsing-Yun

We are sad to share the news that a great Buddhist monk and leader of the Buddhist world has passed away at the age of 97.
Master Hsing-Yun is the founder of many temples across five continents including WA’s well known and iconic Fo Guang Shan temple in Maylands.
With palms together and with deep reverence we wish all Master’s many disciples around the world our sincere condolences.

Interview with John Waite

John Waite was one of the founder of the Buddhist Council of Western Australia (BCWA) which was formed around 2005. John was interviewed by Sol Hanna who was also one of the founder of BCWA. Both also participated in getting the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils off the ground around the same time.

The link to the Treasure Mountain Podcast provides some of John Waite’s background and history.