The world Buddhist University (WBU) was established in B.E. 2541 (1998) by a resolution of the World Fellowship of Buddhists General Conference held between October 29 and November 2, 1998, in New South Wales, Australia. This conference marked two auspicious occasions. The first occasion was the celebration of the 84th birthday anniversary of H.H., Somdej Phra Yanasangvara, the Supreme Patriarch of the Kingdom of Thailand, and the High Holy patron of the World Fellowship of Buddhist. This event occurred on October 3rd , B.E. 2540 (1997). The second occasion was the anniversary of the founding of the World Fellowship of Buddhist on December 6, B.E. 2543 (2000).
The World Buddhist University has a similar role to that of the United Nations University. The WB University Centre serves as its headquarters, located in Thailand, is the main coordinating Centre. It has, in its organization and administrative structure, five Institutes consisting of,
· The Institute of Research and Development.
· The Institute of Training and Curriculum Development.
· The Institute of Spiritual Practice and.
· The Institute of Educational System Based on Buddhism.
The 4 institutes associate with existing universities and their relevant departments, Buddhist Training Institutes, Buddhist associations, and the like. All these elements interact in a networking manner. The World Buddhist University operates in many different countries and serves as an international community of Buddhist scholars engaged in research, post-graduate training, spiritual practice, and Buddhist studies, through the academic networking systems of the University.
The main objective of the university is to conduct advanced Buddhist studies and to co-ordinate with the Buddhist Universities and other academic institutions which offer studies of Buddhism and related subjects all over the world in the fields of research, training, spiritual practice and education based on Buddhism.
The main purposes of the university are as follows:
1. To serve as a Coordinating Centre to exchange academic works, research and development and related information at local, regional and international levels.
2. To develop and promote the science of Buddhist education to be more universally accessible.
3. To offer alternatives for educational system aiming to perfect development of human being and society together with creation of a civilized world in accordance with law of nature.
4. To involve Buddhism in solving regional and global ossues.
5. To provide and facilitate Buddhist academic services to the World Fellowship of Buddhist, its members and organizations working for the same ends
To restore Buddhist teachings and to apply these teachings properly to events relating to the economy, social life and culture in accordance with changing world environments. Buddha-dhamma is one of the most important elements in the educational process of the World Buddhist University. Buddha-dhamma will be transmitted to sentient beings for the peace and happiness of the many and out of Compassion of the World.
The mission of the University is in accordance with the instruction given by the Lord Buddha to the first group of disciples prior to their going forth to various regions of the World. He spoke,
"Go ye now, and wander for the gain of the many, for the welfare of the many, out for compassion of the world, for the good, for the gain, for the welfare of deities and human beings. Preach, Bhikhus, the doctrine (the Dhamma) which is glorious in the beginning, glorious in the middle, glorious at the end, in spirit and in the letter, proclaim a consummate, perfect and pure life of holiness."
With such perspective, the university will encourage the scholars to become well versed in Buddhist scriptures and experience the profundity of Dhamma through spiritual practice.
All for the World Buddhist University through a sense of sharing and cooperation with cooperation of the networks both in Thailand and abroad.