Report AGM 2018 Adhisthana UK
On the 27th of September, more than thirty Buddhists from around Europe gathered once again for our Annual General Meeting. This year our meeting was in Adhisthana, the beautiful Triratna centre in rural Herefordshire (UK).
Adhisthana hosts groups from around the world and is also home to Urgyen Sangharakshita, founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community. At 93 years old he is still sharp and was glad to attend the talks of the European Buddhist Teacher’s meeting which followed the AGM.
Year after year, the friendship between those present at the AGM deepens. The delegates represent a very wide range of Buddhist organisations, big and small, and are from very different Buddhist traditions. We are also glad to receive representatives from the Buddhist Unions across Europe, who do so much to support Buddhism in their own countries. Despite their varying positions and needs, the delegates are able to come together to discuss important issues in European Buddhism and to learn from each other.
This year the AGM focussed on two topics. The first was the necessity of safe-guarding in our modern world, especially after several occasions of misconduct in Buddhist communities. We heard several helpful presentations from organisations doing good work in the field of safe-guarding, and delegates were encouraged to make sure their own organisations were being proactive in this area. We also discussed the future of Buddhism in Europe by focussing on younger members of Buddhist groups. We had 10 young people from different Buddhist groups as visitors, and they joined us for a day of discussing how young people might be more attracted to joining Buddhist groups and how they could best be supported. The young people who attended formed a bond which will hopefully continue.
The AGM itself passed smoothly. This is testament to the good work of the previous and current council, and the increasing good will amongst members. We worked together on a statement stating our sadness at the recent sexual abuse in Buddhist communities, which you can read here. We also enjoyed a day trip to the Malvern hills, which were bathed in perfect sunshine, with a stop for cake and tea at the Amida Mandala temple.
The delegates look forward to meeting again in Barcelona next year, hosted by Lama Dondrup and his community “Sangha Activa”.
Some documents from the EBU AGM 2018: