The International Lay Buddhist Forum (ILBF) is an independent lay Buddhist movement that is all-inclusive in membership and outlook. Any lay or ordained individual or member of any lay or monastic Buddhist organisation who are supportive of lay Buddhist development and the interaction of lay and monastic Buddhists are welcome. The movement aims to represent and further the interests and roles of lay Buddhists in the development of local and global Buddhisms in the world today.
The International Lay Buddhist Forum began as a lay Buddhist movement at the first world Lay Buddhist Forum, held in Seoul in 2007. The forum was hosted by the Chong-ji Order (총지종) with the support of the Association of Korean Buddhist Orders. Similar events have been held annually until 2012 and bi-annually since. So far, the annual and bi-annual events have been attended by lay Buddhists and monastics from various countries in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas. At each forum, participants voiced the need for the existence of an organisation, which could serve Lay Buddhists’ interests and play a role in a healthy development of Buddhism(s) in contemporary society. Hence growing organically from the existing activities, the International Lay Buddhist Forum, ILBF in short, was formally constituted in 2011.
See here for our international steering committee.
Guiding Philosophy of ILBF
ILBF is a wholly independent lay Buddhist movement, representing the interests and roles of lay Buddhists. The ILBF represents its individual members only, not the lineages or traditions or orders or organisations of its members.
While ILBF membership may include members from various Buddhist organisations, and its activities may be hosted and/or supported by particular organisations or individuals, ILBF is independent of them and does not represent their teachings or values.
The first five Lay Buddhist Forums were held in 2007-2011 in Seoul (South Korea) hosted by the Chong-ji Buddhist Order with support from the Association of Korean Buddhist Orders and the government of South Korea (chief organiser: Dr. Jongin Kim)
The seventh forum was held in 2014 in Tokyo (Japan) hosted by the Risshō Kōsei-kai (立正佼成会; chief organiser: Dr Gene Reeves).