2016/2017 New Committee

boon-tanAt the AGM on Tuesday 1st Nov 2016 Mr Boon Tan was elected President BCWA. The full incoming committee was as follows:

Executive Committee for 2016/2017:
President: Boon Tan (Buddhist Society of WA)
Vice-President: U Thunla (Tisarana Buddhist Society)
Treasurer: Chan Bunthan (Cambodian Buddhist Society WA)
Hon. Secretary: Marlene Robins (Hayagriya Buddhist Society) Read more »

2015/2016 President’s Report

Kevin Dickson

Dear BCWA Members, Committee and Representatives

Buddhist Council of Western Australia President’s Report 2015/6

The 2015/6 year has been full of challenges and opportunities. We have conscientiously engaged on a wide range of local, state and national levels on behalf of our members.

The 2016 Inaugural United Nations Day of Vesak was successfully staged at the Migrant Pavilion in Ozone Reserve on May 7.  Many Buddhist traditions take rainfall as blessings, and the event was thus surely blessed, to the extent that it was decided to stage future Vesak events indoors. It was very pleasing that so many members of our member temples and groups came together to celebrate and participate on this auspicious day, and also pleasing to have the level of support from our politicians who attended, namely  Eleni Evangeli MLA , and Ms Margaret Quirk MLA, We also had the support of another non member Group, namely BLIA who kindly assisted our event with the loan of a pictorial display of Buddha’s life, and by attendance of their President, Mt David Yee and key organizer Natasha Tang. It is hoped to run this Vesak event again, perhaps annually or bi-annually in future. Read more »

Condolences at the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

king-of-thailand-220pixThe Buddhist Council of Western Australia expresses it’s sincere and heartfelt condolences to the people of Thailand and to the Thai community of Australia at the death last Thursday of His Majesty King Bhumibol.

His Majesty was a great leader of the Thai Nation for seventy years and used his compassion and wisdom and great leadership skills combined with Buddhist principles to guide the nation through many challenges. He will be deeply missed in Thailand and around the world.

We fellow Buddhists from all traditions in Australia, have deep faith that these guiding principles of Buddha’s teachings will endure and continue to light the way of the future for His Majesty’s successor.

As we all know, there are strong links between people of all faiths in both our countries, but especially in the Buddhist communities, and ethnic Thai communities living in Australia, within which are many long and deep ties which will continue always.

May the memory of the excellent qualities of His Majesty continue to warm our hearts into the future.

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Thornlie Mosque Arson: Our Statement

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 8.58.41 PM“The management committee of the Buddhist Council of WA are dismayed at the act of hatred against the Muslim community of Thornlie yesterday night.

Grievances should be aired frankly in our democratic society so that real or perceived threats and inequalities can be resolved with the best outcomes for all sides.

Violence is not the Australian way. Speaking at the right time in a straight-forward and upright way is the Buddhist way to conflict resolution. All Australians have a role in neutralising terrorism in all its forms here and abroad. “

BCWA President’s UNDV Perth Speech

Kevin DicksonSpeech given by our President Kevin Dickson on 7 May 2016 at the United Nations Day of Vesak event Perth:

Good afternoon everyone. Welcome to the United Nations Day of Vesak – Perth, hosted by the Buddhist Council of WA  with the kind assistance of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
I will begin by acknowledging our invited guests, Eleni Evangel MLA Member for Perth (representing WA Premier Colin Barnett and Minister Mike Nahan), Margaret Quirk MLA Member for Girrawheen (representing Leader of the Opposition Mark McGowan), Ajahn Brahm Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery and  Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of WA, Rebecca Ball Executive Director of OMI Perth, Cliff Morris from MOT, Sangha and Members of all Member groups and temples, Representatives and members of all other Buddhist groups here today, Singers,  Performers, Volunteers, Ladies and gentlemen
Thank you all for being here today.. Read more »