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Asian Buddhist Conference For Peace (ABCP)

Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace (ABCP) was founded in 1970 at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as a voluntary movement of followers of Buddhism with both monastic (monks) and lay members. It is currently headquartered at the Gandanthegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and the Supreme Head of Mongolian Buddhists, Most Venerable Khambo Lama of Gandan, Gabji 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 was quite an active organization and had held its 10 General Conferences in Mongolia, Japan, India, Laos and other countries. It drew active participations from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan, Russian Far East, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other regional countries. It also published a journal "Dharmaduta' and maintained close working relations with several organization such as Christian Peace Conference, Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization, the Russian Orthodox Church etc.

ABCP, in addition to its General Conferences, also held its regular Annual Consultative Meetings and the last two were held in New Delhi, India and Dhaka Bangladesh in 2017 and 2018 respectively. ABCP had members from both North and South Korea, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Japan and Russia. ABCP also had a few regional centers, notable the ABCP Japan Center, ABCP Lao National Center and ABCP Vietnam Center.

Given the interest and the demands of the existing ABCP National Centers, the ABCP Headquarters based in Mongolia, has decided to host the next General Conference of ABCP in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in June 2019. The main objective of the upcoming General Conference would be the discussion and consideration of issues related to the rejuvenation of ABCP, revising and amending its Constitution and electing the office-bearers of ABCP.

Brief Background

The roots of founding of ABCP lay in the Cold War Politics of peace movements and consolidation of allies and building popular outreach among masses through various organizations. Most Venerable Gabji Samaagiin Gombojav, Khambo Lama of Mongolia, Venerable J. Gomboyev from Buriat, the Khambo Lama of the former Soviet Union, Venerable Kushok Bakula Rinpoche from India and Buddhist leaders from Sri Lanka and Nepal came together and officially founded the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace (ABCP) in 1970 with a permanent headquarters in Ulaanbaatar.