Foundation and Statutes of WBA
PACT OF NECOCHEA
The Maitriyana Buddhist University, created in 2005, represented by Buddhist Master Maitreya, agrees to found the World Buddhist Association (WBA), performing the following statement:
It is time to reestablish Buddhism as 2600 years ago Siddhartha Gautama did it with Spirituality in India. On this occasion, Master Maitreya makes a call to the reconquest of the spiritual field aimed at restoring the exact pathway of Buddhism. This call must be reflected in all Buddhist schools, generating an increasing extension of the network of spiritual field in order to try to save the world from a possible destruction. It is time to take the next step to evolve, and it is the task of the World Association of Buddhism, to unify Spirituality in order to guide this evolution of consciousness.
The signatory founding school of the Covenant, will not only be regarded by posterity as institutional member, but will also preserve its right of veto to the resolutions adopted by the Assembly. Consequently, the school that has signed this covenant is not only founding member but it also acts as regent for the WBA for a period of eight years. The members of the school are automatically members of the World Association of Buddhism, following the rules that will be established by the Council. The degrees of master, instructor and apprentice granted by the school, according to established procedures, shall be recognized by each institutional member and the World Association of Buddhism. It is also agreed a forthcoming Convocation of the World Association for a Seventh Buddhist Council, which will take place in the next years and will be lead by Master Maitreya.
The signatories agree to finally establish, at the present time, the statutory text of the World Association of Buddhism, which is annexed to this covenant.
In Necochea, on December 21, 2012
Foundation Ceremony – December 21, 2012
By Master Maitreya
I am founding –as lonely as I always have been in my relationship with the spiritual cause- the World Buddhism Association, whose direction will be personally managed by me for the next 8 years. Nothing prevents me at the present time to cope with this challenge.
According to my intention, the World Association of Buddhism shall represent the organism in which is carried out a work that, within the field that Siddharta Gautama opened, restores the cutting edge of the Truth, which redirects the original praxis that he instituted under the name of Buddhism toward the duty corresponding to it in our world and which, through an assiduous criticism, denounces the deviations in it that hinder its progress by degrading its mission. This target is a refoundational work that is indissoluble from the meditative training to be dispensed in this movement of reconquest. That is to say that people who were trained by myself enjoy full rights and that all those individuals who can experience the analytical-existential-libertarian training of Buddhist Spirituality are also invited to participate.
Those who will come to this World Buddhism Association shall undertake to perform a task subject to internal and external control. In return they will receive the assurance that every effort will be made so that their valid activities have the repercussion they deserve.
In order to execute this work headquarters will be founded throughout the world. These locations will operate through small groups of representatives.
The office of the Presidency is a Spiritual Direction. It does not mean eternal power, since every eight years such function shall be voted by members.
Concerning the members, their activities will be subject to conditions of control and criticism by the Association. This does not imply in any way an inverted hierarchy, but a dialectical organization whose functioning is easy to program, strengthening through experience, respect and humility.
We formulated three sections, whose functioning will be under my responsibility by working alongside with collaborators who will back me up in each of these sections.
1) Section of pure Buddhism. It is about teaching.
2) Section of Applied Buddhism. It is about practice.
3) Section of Spiritual Field inventory. It is about the Spiritual Community and its dialogue with the World.
Regarding financial funds it will be mainly based on the contribution of the University.
Accession to membership of WBA will be carried out by complying with the submission of the above mentioned requirements. Admission, at the beginning, will be decided by myself, without taking into account personal positions of any kind.
Statutes of WBA
December 21, 2012, marks a pinnacle in the history of the Mother Earth (Pachamama) because, while reaffirming the validity of the meditative experience and the need to restore their spiritual principle in theory and in practice, it is simultaneously introduced the notion of an association hitherto unprecedented. Instead of a traditional Sangha based on mutual recognition of apprentices, we propose a World Buddhist Association, where members find the recognition of a Wisdom Guide, which is the very function of Master Maitreya, as spring to pursue an interscholastic synthesis work guided by the desire of an invention of knowledge and its integral transmission, which is called Analytical Existential Libertarian Discourse (BuddhaDharmaSangha). On this Dynamic Ground the World Buddhism Association is established, calling for the reconquest of the spiritual field.
Siddhartha Gautama’s call resonated beyond the Path he was founded; resonated beyond his death 2600 years ago; resonated far from India, where he lived and taught. This expresses the Discourse of Unity Pact written by Master Maitreya to converge Buddhists schools into the World Buddhist Association founded by him. Nowadays, when Spirituality is in serious danger, it is essential the need to expand and relaunch the meditative life to the entire international community, thereby eminently contributing to make humankind survives a nearly inevitable destruction. Only after a way out of an ecological crisis commonly passed and overcame, peoples may gestate a lifestyle detached from materialism, and only there will be time to take the next evolutionary step: it will be the foundation of what has already found a name , the Analytical Existential Libertarian Discourse of World Buddhism Association (WBA). To achieve this it is imperative to develop a Seventh Buddhist Council.
By initiative of Master Maitreya, the Council of the World Buddhism Association (WBA) has adopted a declaration project by which it is proposed the subscription of each member of the WBA wishing to participate of Spiritual Discourse and Seventh Buddhist Council. The WBA Council, gathered in Necochea on December 21, 2012, endorses this initiative and decides to offer the members of the World Association of Buddhism, in the context of their schools, the project of the Analytical Existential Libertarian Discourse (Buddha-Dharma-Sangha) in order to achieve a real incidence on Future of Spirituality. Therefore, it is a school that does not want to give up to the growing impasse of capitalist civilization. This school constitutes a meditative experience.
Indeed, the founding act of the Buddhist Path developed 2.600 years ago launched an Analytical Existential Libertarian institution, due to the fact that it offers a work based on the transference between the apprentice and master, which holds the cure for suffering in life and it wakes up the people from an oppressive lifestyle. Buddhist School, by this fact, can legitimately assume the status of liberating experience. It is this experience, which continued in different Schools founded twenty six centuries ago, which is declared today under a third form: the transnational and translinguistic Buddhist Council. This experience was carried out six times in the history of humankind, although this time it is something much more sophisticated and refoundational, since the Buddhist Path has considerably evolved since its dialectical contact with Psychoanalysis, Transpersonalism, Existentialism, Relativism, Socialism, Anarchism and eventually, Christianity. This experience is already here, at the World Buddhist Association, outlined even before its existence had been declared in the Buddhist Council. Experience in meditation and experience in teaching, inseparable, which should, according to the proposal of Siddhartha Gautama, be analyzed as a way of Spiritual Cure, being interpreted and directed towards everyone. It is known that the revolutionary project of a World Buddhism Association which brings schools together is unprecedented and it seems impossible to achieve. However, it is in our power to succeed in such Way, by using dialectical logic through the practice of meditation. This is what will determine a work in progress by everyone in order to give birth to a real and fully integrated international Sangha, an analytical existential libertarian worldwide community. This Association and the Buddhist Council will have a policy which will be influenced by the Guidance of Master Maitreya, this happening when a new century begins; the twenty-sixth century of Buddhism.
Necochea, Argentina, December 21, 2012
Part I – Objectives, Composition and Resources of the Association
Article 1 – Definition
The WBA was founded on December 21, 2012, and promising to be ruled by Buddhist Law and International Law. It was constituted as a nongovernmental and nonprofit organization that gathers societal members from different countries. Its Purpose is to develop the Buddhist Spirituality in the world in a perennial way.
Article 2 – Purpose
The World Association of Buddhism (WBA) exists to promote the development of Buddhist Spirituality in the world, and specially supporting any action of integration, training and democratization of Buddhism. This implies transmitting Buddhist Spirituality to as many people as possible through wider educational activities. The World Association of Buddhism is committed to disseminate the activities and initiatives of its institutional members at a global level. The World Association of Buddhism (WBA) encourages each school to create free consultation centers that provide meditative treatment to everyone.
In addition, the World Association of Buddhism is permanently monitoring the state of Spirituality in the world.
Article 3 – Means of Action
The means of action of the World Buddhist Association are primarily to:
Make available headquarters and libraries; conduct research and facilitate the dissemination of publications; organize meetings, workshops, study days, conferences, congresses and councils; facilitate help and diverse assistance to counseling centers; recognition of new Schools.
Article 4 – Membership
The Association is composed of societal members, which can be institutions or individuals. To become a member, applicants must be accepted by the Steering Committee of the WBA or by its President. The title of ‘Honorary Member’ may be granted by the Council of the WBA to people who provide, or have provided important services or who have historically assisted the development of Buddhism. Finally, it must be specified that founding members of the WBA have veto right in the Council.
Article 5 – Resources
The World Association of Buddhism (WBA) does not charge any fee to its members, since memberships are completely free. Thus the resources of WBA are principally contributions from the courses of its Founding Members.
Article 6 – Loss of member quality
Loss of membership maybe due to one of the following: resignation or expulsion decided by the Board of Administration of the WBA or the International Buddhist Ethics Committee. The members concerned are invited to provide their explanations.
Part II – Administration and Operation
Article 7 – Board of Administration
The World Buddhist Association (WBA) is managed by a Board of Administration elected by the ‘Founding Members’ with right to veto within the WBA. Members of the Board of Administration are necessarily equal partners at the moment of the election. Each Board member is elected for eight years. The President presides over the Board of Administration, and is elected according to his/her leadership capacity shown. Although it is recommended the change of members, there are possibilities for reelection. The Board of Administration is composed of the President, Vice-president, Executive Secretary, the Official Representative and the Assistant Secretary. Members of the Board of Administration cannot be able to receive any compensation by their performed functions, only being possible the reimbursement for the expenses. Replacements can be subsequently designated by the members of the same Board of Administration.
Article 8 – Board of Administration: Meeting, Deliberation and Collaborations
The meetings of the Board may be face to face meetings, or in the form of video conference, phone or other digital formats. The Board is called by its President or at the request of a large number of the members. The presence of at least one third of the members of the Board of Administration is required for the validity of the proceedings which are signed by the President and the Vice-president. The vote of the President in the event of a tied vote is predominant and final. Board deliberations take place with a simple majority of those present or represented. The board should be able to discuss and decide everything that is not reserved by statute, thus ensuring the proper functioning of the Association. Members of the Board of Administration or the President may not receive any remuneration from the duties entrusted to them, thereby complying with Buddhist ethics of Detachment.
Article 9 – The President: Designation and Attributions
The President elected by the Founding Members has the power to summon the Assemblies and the Board, changing statutes, representing the World Association of Buddhism in all acts and aspects of civil life, as well as the granting of convenes on behalf of the Association. The President may delegate, in accordance with the conditions established by the rules of procedure. It is authorized that the President may be removed by a ‘Trial Board’, which requires the approval of the Founding Institutions and the International Buddhist Ethics Committee.
Article 10 – General Assembly
The General Assembly of the World Association of Buddhism includes members of the Association in the context of the Buddhist Council. They can only vote at ordinary and extraordinary Assemblies. The Assembly may offer spiritual support to the actions of the Buddhist Council. It must listen to the reports of the management of Board of Administration of the World Association of Buddhism (WBA). It may also deliberate on matters that may emerge. Voting is by simple majority of those present or represented. The measures are identical to the ordinary and extraordinary Assemblies in urgent cases. The act of voting may be conducted through any computer.
Article 11 – Modification of the statutes by the Board of Administration
The statutes may not be modified except by the Board of Administration, or by the proposal of the President and the Founding Members, who have the power to veto.
Article 12 – Dissolution of the WBA
The Board of Administration will be convened to decide in case of a possible dissolution of the World Association of Buddhism (WBA). In case of dissolution, the goods of the association will be distributed to its Founding Institutional Members for being the main economic supports.
Article 13- Control and Internal Regulation
Internal Regulation shall be prepared and adopted by the Board of Administration. It is an ethical Internal Regulation, forming the essential complement of the statutes since it completes the ideology of the Association. Members shall comply with this Internal Code, composed of the Spiritual Values of Detachment, Engagement, Liberty, Openness, Compassion, Wisdom, Love, Fraternity and Self-sacrifice.
Article 14 – Discrepancies
In case of discrepancies, and at the silence of the statutes, the President’s opinion will prevail, which will require a preliminary time of conciliatory discussion before resorting to any judicial procedure. The conflicts will be resolved by the International Buddhist Ethics Committee.
New Statutes approved by the President at Necochea, on October 18, 2016.
President: Master Maitreya
Vice-President: Master Yan Maitri-Shi
Executive Secretary: Amar Mane
Official Representative: Ven. Tep Vuthy