The Buddhist Association of China(B.A.C.)
中国佛教协会

Tel Tel: 010-66151270
Address Address: 25 Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District, Beijing
北京市西城区阜成门内大街25号
Email Email: chinabuddhism@126.com
Website Website: www.chinabuddhism.com.cn
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The Buddhist Association of China was founded in 1953. The National Buddhist Conference of B.A.C. is the highest organ of power. The Council Member Committee of B.A.C. is the executive organ to the National Buddhist Conference. When the National Buddhist Conference is not in session, the Council Member Committee is in charge of the association’s affairs and responsible for the National Buddhist Conference. The Executive Council Member Committee of B.A.C. is the leading organ of B.A.C., when the council member committee is not in session, the Executive Council Member Committee leads the association to realize the principles and tasks made by the National Buddhist Conference and the Council Member Committee under the Constitution of B.A.C.

 

The first president of B.A.C. is the Most Venerable Master YUAN YING, while the second president is the Most Venerable Lama XI RAO JIA CUO, the third president is Reverend ZHAO PU CHU,the fourth president is the Most Venerable Shi Yi Cheng, and the president at the present is the Most Venerable Master CHUAN YIN.

 

Under the Buddhist Association of China, in mainland China today, there are 13,000 monasteries or Lamaseries for the public Buddhist service, there are 180,000 monks, nuns or Lamas. Among them, there are 8,400 Mahayana monasteries and 50,000 monks and nuns, there are 3,000 lamaseries and 120,000 lamas, there are 1,600 Therevada monasteries and 8,000 monks. In nationwide, there are thirty-four Buddhist academies in various levels as well as nearly fifty Buddhist magazines. There are different charitable organizations established in various provinces and cities in China.

 

The Buddhist Association of China is the united organization of Buddhist from various nationalities. The aims of B.A.C. are to assist the government to implement the policy on freedom of religious affairs , to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Buddhist circles, to propagate Buddhist teachings, to develop the Buddhism under the its traditions, to unite the Buddhists in nationwide to initiated the engaged Buddhism, to work for happiness of people as well as prosperity of the country, to make contributions for the unity of the motherland as well as the world peace.

 

The main tasks of the Buddhist Association of China are to protect the Buddhist’s right on the freedom of beliefs and the interests of Buddhist communities according to the Constitution of the country, to provide support to the local Buddhist associations, to guide Buddhist associations in various provinces or autonomous regions to conduct their Buddhist services, to guide the monasteries and temples in various part of China to conduct their normal Dharmma services in accordance with their own traditions, to establish Buddhist schools in various levels and train the Sangha personnel, to conduct the academic studies on Buddhist culture and publish Buddhist books as well as the reservations on Buddhist relics, to establish the friendly exchanges with the Buddhists in overseas China to strengthen the mutual understandings and promote the unity of motherland as well as development of Buddhism, to conduct friendly exchanges and corporations with Buddhist circles in various countries and international Buddhist organizations as well as international religious peace organizations, which promote the Buddhist culture exchanges among China and outside of China as well as promote the world peace.There are units set up under the Buddhist Association of China, namely the Association’s Office, the Educational Affairs Department, the International Department, special committee office,temples administration office,the General Studies Department, Chinese Buddhist Books and Relics Museum, China Buddhist Academy, Chinese Buddhist Culture Studies Institute, Nanjing Jingling Buddhist Sutras Publication House, the editorial of Dharmmagohsa-----the association’s journal, the editorial of the Buddhist Culture. The units have their own works and work together to keep the daily affairs of the association fluently going.

 

According to the uncomplete  statistics, the present number of the Buddhist disciples is one tenth of the whole population.