14th General Conference

Date:
2 – 7 August B.E. 2527 (1984)
Venue:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme:
Buddhism’s Contribution to World Culture and Peace
At the conference, a new Standing Committee on Socioeconomic Development was established. The WFB also stressed that among major religious traditions of the world, Buddhism remains unique in that it does not attempt to eliminate plurality and diversity through a process of unification; we affirm to work for peace and tranquility through peaceful means with the ultimate aim of achieving a peaceful community, by the complete elimination of all nuclear weapons and the arms race.

13th General Conference

Date:
21 – 29 November B.E. 2523 (1980)
Venue:
Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand
Theme:
Buddhist Practice in Contemporary Life
The conference was also held to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the WFB. H.S.H. Princess Poon Pismai Diskul, who was re-elected for another 4 years, also marked with appreciation that the WFB Headquarters had been stationed in Thailand for 17 years with the generous support of the successive Royal Thai Governments had made the WFB work spread worldwide. At the initial period, we had only 29 Regional Centres and at the time of the conference we had no less than 78 of them in 34 countries on all continents of the world.

12th General Conference

Date:
1 – 6 October B.E. 2521 (1978)
Venue:
Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
Theme:
Buddhist Contributions to the Future
At this conference practicing having Declaration at the end of each WFB General Conference was followed from this Conference onwards. Since many resolutions were remained unimplemented, no resolutions with that were off (1) political nature, (2) have difficulties of implementation, and (3) no providing funds to implement to the submitted project; could be proposed to the General Conference.

11th General Conference

Date:
20 – 25 February B.E. 2519 (1976)
Venue:
Bangkok, Thailand
Theme:
Role of Buddhists in Present Day Society
The conference was to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the WFB. Princess Poon, the WFB President mentioned of the significant fact on the recognition given by the United Nations (UN) which was glad to cooperate with religions for the sake of peace desired by all. The letter of this recognition was given to the WFB President on 25 October B.E. 2518 (1975) at the UN Headquarters in New York.

10th General Conference

Date:
22 – 27 May B.E. 2515 (1972)
Venue:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme:
World Peace Through Buddhism
At this conference, it may be added that Dharmacakra had been accepted universally as the common seal of Buddhism by all the Buddhists of the world. Remarkably, it was also informed at the conference that UNESCO had recognized WFB as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), having Category B Consultative Status with the Agency. Moreover, the WFB as the parent organization, had held an inauguration ceremony of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (W.F.B.Y.) which was marked to be born in Sri Lanka and the 1st Buddhist Youth Conference was also convened. From then on the W.F.B.Y. is an organization of youth wing under the WFB’s auspices.

9th General Conference

Date:
13 – 20 April B.E. 2512 (1969)
Venue:
Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia
Theme:
Buddha Dhamma : A Way of Life
Noticeable feature of this conference was the resolution to have the permanent headquarters of the WFB in Thailand adopted at the General Council on 4 November B.E. 2509 (1966) that permanent headquarters of the WFB be located in Thailand for the more efficient working of the World Fellowship of Buddhists and the greater control and safety of its assets and records.

8th General Conference

Date: 6 – 12 November B.E. 2509 (1966)
Venue: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Theme: Buddhism Promotes Peace and Harmony Among Men
This was the first time that the WFB General Conference had a theme and this practice was followed by all of the WFB General Conferences from that time on. At this conference, a Committee on Youth was added to the General Conference which made the WFB germinate the establishment of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (W.F.B.Y.) as a permanent auxiliary institution to the W.F.B.

7th General Conference

Date: 29 November – 4 December B.E. 2507 (1964)
Venue: Sarnath and Varanasi, India
Sarnath, Varanasi in India was chosen as the venue of the conference because it is where Śākyamuni delivered his first sermon which came to be known as the turning of the Wheel of the Law, the Dharmacakra. It was also as a tribute to the Centenary of the birth of the late Venerable Anāgārika Dharmapāla who was the pioneer of the Buddhist revival in India and the first Buddhist missionary to visit Europe and America that spread Buddhism beyond Asia.

5th General Conference

Date: 24 – 30 November B.E. 2501 (1958)
Venue: Bangkok Thailand
Decision worth mentioning was made at this conference was that in order to strengthen the President’s authority, who would be assisted by 11 Vice Presidents, Ex-Presidents would automatically become Honorary Presidents on relinquishing their positions. The conference also called for the promotion of new methods and the improvement of existing standards of teaching of Buddhism in all Buddhist countries at all educational levels, especially concerning children.