General conference

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Date:
26 - 30 September B.E. 2559 (2016)
Venue:
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Theme:
Buddhism in Daily Life, Daily Life of Buddhists
Twenty-six years ago since the WFB family last met with each other in Seoul at the 17th WFB General Conference.  It was the first time that Buddhist of Vajarayana Sec acted as the host of the WFB General Conference.  Seoul has changed into a perfect blending of tradition and advance technology.  Jin-Gak Buddhist Order, one of the oldest denominations in South Korea, was the host of this conference which had organized it with friendly atmosphere and smooth operation.  The conference was held in conjunction with Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Jin-Gak Buddhist Order.
Date:
14 - 19 October B.E. 2557 (2014)
Venue:
Baoji-Shanxi, People’s Republic of China
Theme:
Buddhism and Public: Benefit-Charity
It was the first time for the People’s Republic of China to host the WFB General Conference and Baoji was chosen as venue of the conference because it was said to be among the first cities to embrace Buddhism when the religion was introduced to China before spreading to and flourished in other parts of China and served as the beacon of Buddhism throughout Asia.  Furthermore, it is the city where the Buddha’s finger relic is enshrined.
Date:
11 - 16 June B.E. 2555 (2012)
Venue:
Yeosu, South Korea
Theme:
Buddhist Ecological - Environmental Thought & Practice for the 21st Century
It was the second time in 20 years that the WFB General Conference had been held in South Korea since B.E. 2533 (1990).  Advancement of Korea both spiritual and material prosperities fascinated all participants being witnessed by Yeosu Expo 2014 which also be held at the same time.
Date:
13 - 17 November B.E. 2553 (2010)
Venue:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme:
Reconciliation through the Teachings of Buddha
Venue of the conference was selected to be in Sri Lanka where the WFB was founded and the 1st General Conference was inaugurated so as to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of which around 3,000 participants including delegates, observers and invited guests from leading Buddhists countries around the world attended.
Date:
14 - 17 November B.E. 2551 (2008)
Venue:
Tokyo, Japan
Theme:
Buddhist’s Contribution to Resolving Social Problems
At this conference, there was an approval of establishing the WFB Humanitarian Relief Fund which consequently resulted from two natural disasters happened in the same month of May B.E. 2551 (2008) - Nargis Cyclone happened in Republic of the Union of Myanmar of which suffered more than 2 million people and the great earthquake followed by several aftershocks in People’s Republic of China.
Date:
19 - 23 April B.E. 2549 (2006)
Venue:
Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei
Theme:
Buddhism and Tolerance for World Peace
The theme of the conference was defined in accordance with the Buddha’s Teachings that is the merit of tolerance can pacify all raging situations.  Only tolerance can be fulfilled through the perfection of morality.
Date:
9 - 13 December B.E. 2545 (2002)
Venue:
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Theme:
Wisdom and Compassion : The Way Forward
The theme was chosen to express that Buddhists of all denominations need to effectively expand our compassion into the entire world with right understanding and proper methods in accordance with Teaching of the Buddha in order to save all world beings.
Date:
5 - 9 December B.E. 2543 (2000)
Venue:
Bangkok, Thailand
Theme:
Buddhism and Globalization
At the conference, the dialogue on how Buddhism can adapt to globalization, meet challenges in life and bring peace and harmony to mankind was discussed.  The conference was also held to celebrate “Golden Jubilee” the 50th Anniversary of the WFB (B.E. 2493-2543/1950-2000) which the opening ceremony was held at Thailand Cultural Center.  H.E. Mr. Chuan Leekpai, Prime Minister of Thailand was also attended at the conference.  Various heads of States and Sanghas sent their visions and messages to congratulate on this memorable occasion. At the Opening Ceremony Day, the WFB Golden Jubilee Exhibition had enlightened the activities over the past 50 years and of its future works.  The remarkable event was inauguration of the World Buddhist University that marked another milestone to the wisdom of our Buddhist world.
Date:
29 October – 2 November B.E. 2541 (1998)
Venue:
Wollongong, Australia
Theme:
Buddhism and Challenges in the 21st Century
H.E. Phan Wannamethee was elected as new WFB President. At the conference, the World Buddhist University (WBU) has been established in accordance with its Charter approved by the Conference on 1 November B.E. 2541 (1998) as an international community of Buddhist scholars and institutions engaged in research, training, spiritual practice and educational development based on Buddhism.  It will serve as a coordinating centre for academic affairs with all the Buddhist institutions and scholars through a networking system.  Its inauguration will be officially held in B.E. 2543 (2000) in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the WFB.
Date:
22 – 29 November B.E. 2537 (1994)
Venue:
Bangkok, Thailand
Theme:
Buddhist Way: The Way to Harmony and Peace
The WFB confirmed at this conference that we will continue to co-operate with other religious and humanitarian national and international organizations to alleviate both physical and mental suffering now and in the future.  As relations among us grow closer, our improved rapport and responsiveness will generate harmony and peace among Buddhists and thereby loving-kindness and compassion toward all living beings.
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