Climate Change Statement published by Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils


For the benefit of all beings the Australian Buddhist community urges world leaders meeting in Paris this year to reduce the mining and use of coal and other fossil fuels. Instead of increased coal production we encourage the Australian government to actively pursue the development of renewable energy technologies and help developing countries toward the same end. In the face of overwhelming scientific consensus, urgent action is needed to avoid the catastrophic damage to the earth that climate change will bring if not halted.

Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel. Besides contributing to carbon dioxide production it causes enormous damage to human health and local ecosystems. The leadership of every nation of the world is needed now more than ever to help transition the world from coal power to renewable clean energy.

The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils encourages practical changes at the personal, national and global levels to tackle climate change. Personal awareness and action is encouraged to reduce one’s personal contribution to climate change, while government and industry should take responsibility to lead our society to a sustainable future. In addition to reducing the human carbon footprint, we should address human over-population and animal farming to further manage the degradation of the environment.

As Buddhists we place a special importance on the health of the world’s natural environment. It was in the forest that the Buddha was born, had his awakening experience and passed away. The Buddha respected all forms of life and the sanctity of nature, and hence we should protect against the deforestation that is threatening to remove an important natural producer of oxygen and consumer of carbon dioxide.

People’s Climate March

CC Perth WalkYou are invited to join in “The People’s Climate March” in Perth City on 29 November from 1.30 – 2.30pm that is part of an international people’s mobilisation to coincide with the start of the Paris Climate Summit. From 30 November to 11 December this year, world leaders will converge on Paris with the aim of negotiating a climate deal that will keep global warming to an agreed limit of 2C.

Faith communities around the world are making it clear to the world’s leaders that we expect climate action. People of faith involved in Climate Action believe that human induced climate change is an ethical, moral and spiritual issue that strikes hardest at the poorest, most vulnerable people of the world. Peaceful, powerful People’s Climate Marches are planned across the globe, and faith communities with their extensive constituencies are throwing their weight behind them. Please help add the core Buddhist values of kindness and compassion for all beings to this cause by joining us for the Perth march.

In general, people of faith are encouraged to wear purple on the day. If you want to join other Buddhist people before the event and walk together ring Annie Keating on 0419048945 or email

You can also register through the central website, and be included when information goes out:

Download a flyer with details on the Peoples Climate March

A Multi-Faith Vigil for Terror Victims in Perth

ParisSurvivorsThis Wednesday, 18th of November, Perth’s faith communities will come together to mourn at St George’s Cathedral at 6.30pm.

Led by the Very Reverend Richard Pengelley, Dean of Perth, the vigil will mourn the loss of innocent lives to mindless violence in Paris, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine and elsewhere; and pray for their families, who are dealing with profound anguish and grief at this moment.

Read more »

Sri Lankan Food Fair Sun 22 Nov 2015 at Centenary Pavillion

Dear Friends,
We are pleased to inform you about our upcoming Sri Lankan Food Fair, which will be held at Centenary Pavillion at Wilson on Sunday, 22nd of November 2015.

This is to raise the needed funds to continue Perth Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara’s services to the community.

Come and enjoy the delicious food with your family/friends and your our kind participation at this event will be highly appreciated.
Click here for further information

Thank you,
SLSBS committee (2015/16)

Kathina ceremony at Perth monastery

There was a huge turnout at the end-of-rains retreat of the 22 resident monks of Bodhinyana Monastery located about an hour from Perth. Ajahn Brahm led the monks on alm’s food gathering.

Kathina ceremony at Perth nun’s monastery

People came to welcome the nuns at Dhammasara monastery at the end of their three month retreat. It was the first time the new buildings were opened to visitors.