German Buddhist Union

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The German Buddhist Union eV - Buddhist Religious Community (DBU for short) sees itself as a cross-tradition umbrella organization of Buddhists in Germany . The DBU was founded in 1955 as the "German Buddhist Society" with 43 members at the time and currently consists of 64 communities (as of 8/2019).

Members of the DBU are Buddhist groups and organizations from various teaching traditions. Natural persons can become individual members in the subordinate Buddhist community of the DBU (BG) , which is also one of the groups with the largest number of members with more than 6,300 members. (As of 6/2017)

The DBU publishes a quarterly magazine under the name Buddhismus Aktuell . The office is in Munich.

Structures of the DBU

The delegates of the member communities meet once a year on the last weekend in April. Every three years a council of eleven people is elected, which in turn appoints a three-person board from among its ranks. The Management Board currently (as of 2017) consists of Martin Hage, Nils Clausen, Claus Herboth and Felix Baritsch. The content-related work of the DBU takes place in working groups (AGs). Honorary President of the DBU was Max Glashoff .

The German Buddhist Union is a founding member of the European Buddhist umbrella organization European Buddhist Union (EBU) and since 1961 a member and “Regional Center” of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) .

The German Buddhist Foundation (DBS), which it founded in 2010, and the German Buddhist Order Community (DBO) are close to the DBU.

Goals of the DBU

Working Group of the German Buddhist Union (DBU)

The German Buddhist Union has the following goals:

  1. Support of the development of an authentic Buddhism in Germany and its contemporary communication.
  2. Forming a platform for the exchange between Buddhist groups, especially between the various Buddhist traditions .
  3. To be the contact person and representative of Buddhism in interreligious dialogue and to present Buddhism to the public through events, seminars, courses and information material.
  4. To be a neutral information point on Buddhism.

Buddhist creed

An expression of the common ideological basis of the groups and individual members united in the DBU is the Buddhist creed, which became part of the statute as a preamble in 1984. This commitment was revised in 2004 by the general meeting in intensive discussion and the amended version was accepted with one abstention and no dissenting vote. A Buddhist group that wants to become a member of the German Buddhist Union must recognize the text of the DBU's Buddhist Confession as binding.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ [1] Member communities of the DBU
  2. List of member organizations. on the website of the European Buddhist Union
  3. ^ World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB). ( Memento of the original from November 22, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on:  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ^ German Buddhist Foundation. on:
  5. Source: Text on the DBU website
  6. Minutes of the general meeting 2004, 23-25. April 2004, item 4
  7. Info group membership  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 45 kB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  

Web links

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