The Buddhist Council of Victoria (BCV) works with partners to deliver a pilot project to build the capacity of the Buddhist faith community and leaders to effectively prevent and respond to family violence.
Swastika Education Awareness Campaign
A new law in Victoria has banned the public display of Nazi symbols. The most famous is the Hakenkreuz, or twisted cross, which was used to promote Nazism in the Second World War. The sacred swastika is protected and should not be mistaken for a Nazi symbol. Buddhists, Hindus, and Jains have used the sacred swastika for thousands of years to represent auspiciousness, purity, peace and good fortune. We may continue to publicly display our sacred swastika.
The Buddhist Council of VictoriaThe Buddhist Council of Victoria is a representative body that acts on behalf of Buddhists in the Australian state of Victoria. It is actively engaged in representing the needs of Buddhists to all levels of government, provides speakers for interfaith dialogue and works widely with the community.
There are volunteer chaplains from several different Buddhist communities and traditions visiting prisoners on a regular and ‘as-needs’ basis. If you are interested in learning more about prison chaplaincy, or becoming involved yourself.
BCV is actively developing chaplaincy and spiritual care services for hospitals and other major healthcare facilities. As we build our Healthcare Chaplaincy capacity additional content will be made available incrementally.
The Buddhist Council of Victoria invites like-minded individuals and organisations to join with us in asking for a permanent end to duck shooting in Victoria. Shotgun cartridges, when fired into a flock of birds, create a spray of pellets which often miss a bird’s vital organ.
The Buddhist Council of Victoria (BCV) is working with the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division (MASC) to deliver a pilot project to build the capacity of Buddhist faith community and leaders to effectively prevent and respond to family violence.
The Buddhist Council of Victoria has partnered with the Victorian Government to promote the Swastika Education Awareness Campaign. A new law has banned the Nazi Hakenkreuz but there is an exemption for the sacred swastika when used in a religious or traditional context.
View to western wall Jerusalem and Dome of Rock by Anton Mislawsky – Unsplash.
BCV PRESS RELEASE
Wishing peace between Israel and Palestine
The Buddhist Council of Victoria is shocked by the events in Israel and Gaza.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Israeli and Palestinian people: with those who are mourning loved ones, those who have been injured, those who have been abducted and those who are fearing for their safety.
All tremble at violence; life is dear to all. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.
[Tripitaka ; Dhammapada Verse 130]
We hope all people find safety and that the violence ends. We wish and hope that the conflict can be resolved non-violently.
Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.
[Tripitaka ; Dhammapada Verse 5]
Source: Dhammapada: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/index.html
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