Undeterred by customs and practices peculiar to denominations were united in their resolutions to promote and to propagate Buddhism, the Constitution of the World Fellowship of Buddhists which is to serve as operational guidelines was formulated and approved as follows:
Name: The organization shall be known as "The World Fellowship of Buddhists" with "The WFB" as the acronym.
Aims and Objectives of the World Fellowship of Buddhists are as follows:
At the beginning, it was decided that the WFB Headquarters be located in the country of residence of its president. Since Dr. Malalasekera, a Sri Lankan national, was elected as the first president, the first Headquarters of the World Fellowship of Buddhists was accordingly located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After eight years of its inception in B.E. 2501 (1958), Hon. U. Chan Htoon, a Myanmar national, was elected to succeed Dr. Malalasekera. The venue was thus shifted to Yangon, Myanmar. In B.E. 2506 (1963), in the wake of the revolution, Hon. U. Chan Htoon formally requested Her Serene Highness Princess Poon Pismai Diskul, who was Vice-President of the WFB at that time, to assume responsibility of the overall running of the WFB throughout his presidency term. Consequently, H.S.H. Princess Poon Pismai Diskul, was unanimously elected as the first Thai President from B.E. 2506 (1963) and the Headquarters was consequently shifted to Bangkok, Thailand. In B.E. 2512 (1969), at the 9th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, the meeting resolved to make Bangkok the permanent venue of the Headquarters of the WFB.
Subsequently, in B.E. 2527 (1984), H.E. Professor Sanya Dharmasakti was elected as the President succeeding Her Serene Highness Princess Poon Pismai Diskul. Currently, H.E. Phan Wannamethee, is President of the WFB. He was elected at the 20th WFB General Conference in Australia, B.E. 2541 (1998).
In addition, there is a Board of Directors of the Headquarters which provides advices and suggestions on various missions and activities of the WFB of which names are as follow.
The WFB missions are propagation of Buddhism, promotion of solidarity and unity of Buddhists all over the world. At present, there are over 180 WFB Regional Centres in 50 countries distributed geographically worldwide. Each centre actively propagates Buddhism.
These organizations are more or less responsible for disseminate and practice of the Dhamma which have been approved by the WFB as Regional Centres for carrying on various activities based on propagation and practice of the Dhamma for securing peace and happiness of humankind.
The function of the WFB is to provide the operational guidelines based on the resolutions of the General Conference and to co-ordinate with the Regional Centres throughout the world. The General Conference is held every two years and invitations are extended to all Regional Centres to send delegates to exchange views, opinions and share experiences. Through such modus operandi, the WFB expect to strengthen solidarity and unity among all the World Buddhists.
In order to achieve its Aims and Objectives, the WFB has established ways and means defined in its Constitution as follows :
Furthermore, three organizations under WFB are established to promote and coordinate Buddhist activities as follows :
The World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth was established at the 10th WFB General Conference in Sri Lanka, in B.E. 2515 (1972). It encourages youth to observe Buddhist precepts and to practice Dhamma as well as creates peace and harmony among youth.
The World Buddhist University was established at the 20th WFB General Conference in Australia, in B.E. 2541 (1998). It serves as a linkage between universities and educational institutes throughout the world. The WBU focuses its areas of activities on research and development; training and curriculum development; spiritual practice and educational development based on Buddhism.
Liaison Unit of UNESCO and Other UN Organizations is in charge of coordinating activities which promote education, science and culture.
In addition, the Buddhists in Thailand have set up three foundations to support Buddhist activities. They are:
Apart from coordinating programmes with its Regional Centres; the Headquarters, in cooperation with the three foundations, organizes Buddhist activities throughout the year. The main activities are as follows:
There are also other interesting programmes for propagation of Buddhism including publications of quarterly WFB Review and a Guide to Buddhist Monasteries and Meditation Centres in Thailand and so forth.