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Asian Buddhists Conference For Peace (ABCP)

 

The Asian Buddhists Conference for Peace (ABCP) was first initiated and established in 1970 by the Initiative Group, which included Most Venerable Samaagiin Gombojav, Khambo Lama of Gandan Tegchenling Monastery, the Center of Mongolian Buddhists; Most Venerable Gunaratana Thero, Representative of Mahabodhi Society of India (representing Most Ven. Kushok Bakula Rinpoche); Prof. S. Dylykov, Representative of the Buddhists of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (present day Russian Federation, who represented Most Ven. Khamba Lama Jambaldorj Gomboev); Vice President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, Most Venerable Sumanatissa Thero, President of Sri Lanka Buddhist Congress of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), and, Most Venerable Amritananda Thero, President of the Young Buddhist Council of Nepal.

 

The Initiative Group, with the objective of promoting the cause of peace in Asia, met in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on December 5, 1969 and it agreed to call a meeting of Asian Buddhists in Ulaanbaatar and issued a communiqué. In accordance with the communiqué, the Initiative Group met in Ulaanbaatar on June 11-13, 1970 and founded the Asian Buddhists Committee for Promoting Peace, which was later renamed as the Asian Buddhists Conference for Peace (ABCP).

 

ABCP is currently headquartered at the Gandan Tegchenling Monastery, the Center of Mongolian Buddhists in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and the Most Venerable Gabju Demberel Choijamts is the ABCP President.

 

The aims of ABCP

Striving to disseminate and implement the teachers of the Lord Buddha - the Enlightened One, on peace and harmony, compassion and loving kindness for all sentient beings, ABCP aims to:

 

·      Bring together efforts of Buddhists in support of consolidating universal peace, harmony and cooperation among peoples of Asia,

·      Furthering their economic and social advancement and promoting respect for justice and human dignity, and,

·      Disseminating the Buddhist culture, tradition and heritage.

 

Activities

ABCP so far has held 12 General Conferences/Assemblies in Mongolia, Japan, India, Laos and other countries. It drew active participation from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other regional countries. It also published a journal "Dhanmaduta' and maintained close working relations with several organizations, such as the Christian Peace Conference, Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization, the Russian Orthodox Church etc.

 

ABCP, in addition to its General Conferences/Assemblies, also held its regular Annual Executive Council Meetings and the last two – the Fourteenth and the Fifteenth Executive Council Meetings were held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and New Delhi, India in 2023 and 2024. ABCP has members from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, India, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, both North and South Korea, Laos, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

Bhutan became the twentieth member of ABCP when its request for membership was unanimously approved by the delegates of the Twelfth General Assembly of ABCP held in New Delhi, India on 17-18 January 2024. Following the Twelfth General Assembly in New Delhi, ABCP also opened its Regional Coordination Center in Bodhgaya, Bihar, the most holy place for Buddhists where Lord Buddha gained enlightenment. Another milestone event in the history of ABCP was the adoption by the Twelfth General Assembly of the Revised and Edited version of the ABCP Charter and also the signing of a Framework of Cooperation Agreement with Dharma Alliance, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization established in 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

The Asian Buddhists Conference for Peace, in pursuit of the aims and objectives spelled out in the Charter, is guided by the teachings on kindness, compassion, tranquility and harmony of the Shakyamuni Buddha, and will carry out activities at the international and regional levels following the principles of openness, equality and independent of politics.