EBU operation network
Since it's founding, the EBU has organised international conferences and congresses on Buddhism in Europe.
Events coordinator: Ron Eichhorn
Berlin April 2016: Buddhism in Action: refreshing an old EBU tradition
'Buddhism in Action – an EBU event' (Berlin, 1-3 April 2016) was a celebration of the richness of the dharma in Europe, bringing voices of Buddhism together to be a voice for Buddhism in Europe. The flowering of work done in the EBU over recent years …
Posted by European Buddhist Union on Samstag, 18. Juni 2016
In April 2016 the EBU refreshed its tradition of hosting conference events.
During three days, 85 participants from 12 European countries gathered to attend over 20 talks, workshops and practice sessions on various topics, guided by the motto „Buddhism in Action“.
Hosted by Rigpa in their beautiful temple in Berlin, the event strengthened the relationships between Buddhists across Europe, created friendships and inspired new networks.
Many participants expressed how valuable this experience was, and that it was an important step forward for Buddhism in Europe in the sense that the mission of the European Buddhist Union will only come to life if we all cooperate together, transcending our traditions and lineages.
The idea of reviving these conference events is to create an ongoing process in order to foster mutual spiritual friendship and inspire each other for buddhist action. So the planning for the next such event already has started, with the likely venue being in Malaga, in the south of Spain.
We have created a survey after this recent event, with many people participating. The results of these collective ideas will help us to take our 2018 event the next level, which makes us very happy and excited.
An ancient asian proverb says: „The most important step in a thousand mile journey is the first one.“
We are grateful for this opportunity and are looking forward to a wonderful journey together.
Ron and Satya, on behalf of the organizing team.
Some previous congresses
‘Buddhism for Europe today’ (UNESCO Paris, 1979),
‘The teaching and practice of Buddhism in Europe’ (Turin, 1984),
‘Buddhism in the Western culture to the present day’ (UNESCO Paris, 1988),
‘Unity in diversity’ (Berlin, 1992)
‘Ethical and spiritual visions for the world’ (UNESCO Paris, 2000).
With more than 2000 participants, the 1992 congress in Berlin was the largest EBU event to date.