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World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB)

Website: http://www.wfb-hq.org/

Category: Religion

Year of Foundation: 1950

Location of Foundation: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location of Headquarters: Bangkok, Thailand

Brief Description: The World Fellowship of Buddhists describes itself as representing 'the common interests of Buddhists throughout the world numbering hundreds of millions.' (source: www.wfb-hq.org; accessed 21 April 2010).

Founding Rationales:

At the organization's inaugural conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1950, it was proposed: 'That this Conference is of opinion that all the different Buddhist countries of Asia should unite together into an economic, political and cultural federation to stand out as a bastion of peace in East Asia and to lead the world on the path of peace, brotherliness, and universal love as indicated by the Great Master; and it sends out an appeal to the different Buddhist countries to evolve a machinery on the model of the United Nations Organization for the aforesaid purpose.'

Source: World Fellowship of Buddhists, 'Report of the Inaugural Conference' (Colombo: Peramuna, 1950), 86, quoted at: http://www.globalbuddhism.org/2/freiberger011.html (accessed 21 April 2010).

Evolution of Membership:

World Fellowship of Buddhists Membership Chart

Source: EAIO